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09 June 2014

The Importance of a Professional Photographer

If you have married friends, it is probable that many of them will say it felt like their wedding day was over in the blink of an eye. Therefore when it comes to organising your nuptials, choosing the right photographer to capture the day should be high up on your planning agenda. So where do you start?

What type of photographs do you want? Just MarriedMany contemporary newlyweds-to-be think that the idea of giving their guests a disposable camera each in place of a professional photographer is a great, budget way to achieve an album of quirky, candid snaps. However, they will almost certainly feel a level of regret when most come back with red-eyed relatives and finger-obscured friends posing in them. Professional wedding photography is the only way to flawlessly preserve memories from your special day; so don't scrimp on this element of your wedding. Consider the type of album that you want for your money; do you want a book of posed, traditional family line-up shots, or do you want a selection of "reportage" snaps that capture emotion as it happens alongside truly other unique moments? Deciding on this point early is essential to your photographer research, as it narrows down the vast field of snappers all desperate to be commissioned by you.

What you should be looking for in a good photographer

Once you have established the type of photographs you want, it is time to start researching. Here is what you should be looking for in a quality photographer:

  • Consistent portfolios - The best way to judge if a photographer is right for you is to look at their portfolios, as this gives you a realistic vision of what your photographs could look like. Look for a photographer that displays an album of 20+ photos from the same wedding on their website - not one who displays one picture from 20 different weddings. A good photographer is one that can capture a range of emotions in just a couple of hours, and can use a range of lighting, backgrounds and effects to their advantage; a example of the former album will evidence if that specific photographer is capable of doing so.
  • Positive feedback - Most eminent photographers will have a testimonials section or page on their website, where past clients can show their appreciation (or not) for that specific photographer. If the feedback is wholly on the five-star side, this is a definite pro that should work in that photographer's favour within your research.
  • The opportunity for a pre-wedding consultation - All photographers should be able to offer a pre-wedding consultation, so that you can discuss the various package options and any pre-shoot concerns that you may have. So always try and arrange an appointment before signing on the dotted line to be sure that you are making the right decision.

How to work with your budget

With today's economic climate, most couples are left needing to spend less on at least one element of their wedding, but photography is not the element to save on. You should be prepared to spend up to 10% of your budget on wedding photography, but it does pay to shop around. Different photographers offer different packages; some offer their services alongside a selection of prints and an album for one joint cost, whilst others prefer to work for a per-hour payment with additional printing costs afterwards. Make sure to research this area in-depth, otherwise you risk being left disappointed post-wedding when your photographer asks for more money for an album because you didn't read the small print.

In short, research is key when it comes to choosing the perfect photographer for your special day. Consider what you want and spend a good few weeks researching all of your options; don't just go with the first seemingly ideal photographer that comes along, as there is guaranteed to be another somewhere else who can offer you a better deal. Good luck!

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