It’s your first wedding, and you want everything to run like clockwork. Everything is set, from the flowers to the catering. When it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, however, you may want to spend time looking for the best one, as described in an article from TheKnot.com. After all, everyone will remember your wedding day from the photos, not from the pretty Calla Lillies or the tasty hors d’oeuvres.
“Unlike the work of your other wedding vendors (music, flower arrangements, cake), photographs aren’t things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first — you don’t really know what you’re getting until after the fact. That means careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanor are extra-important when choosing your photographer.”
What’s your style?
Each photographer has a style of his own, and this should be considered when hiring one. The article lists four types of photography styles: documentary, portraiture, fine-art, and edgy-bold. The experienced London wedding photographer you’re looking for will have a comprehensive portfolio with solid work under services like Pixcellence Photography.
Your new best friend
It makes sense to befriend your photographer since he needs to know what you want to project and what you find meaningful. It is thru his lens that the world will witness your union, and sharing your enthusiasm could definitely make for more meaningful images.
“In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces but is bold enough to go out hunting for great images and who … puts you at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way …They’ll be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out.”
The finishing touches
After you get your chemistry with the photographer ironed out, you can sweat the small details. Clarify what kind of rights the studio will have with your wedding photos. They may decide to use them for self-promotional purposes, for which they need to secure your permission. Lastly, make sure you get a firm commitment of the photos’ delivery date.
If you’re happy with your photographer’s work, be sure to send more work his way via referrals. What are friends for, right?
(Article Excerpt and Image from Getting Started: Finding a Great Wedding Photographer, http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-photography-videography/articles/wedding-photography-getting-started.aspx)