Your partner has just popped the big question; now begins the planning of your perfect wedding. Your wedding, the perfect day you have secretly been planning in the back of your mind and even dreamed about on some occasions. Now, your moment is finally here. Choosing a wedding photographer and the types of photos will help create everlasting memories of your big day.
Find a Photographer
Obviously, the first step in finding a photographer is finding one that is available on your wedding day. Check around. Make certain that the photographer has a reputable background. The photographer will be responsible for capturing your memories. Ask questions:
- · How many years have you done weddings?
- · How long have you been in business?
- · Do you have a website? Or a portfolio to view?
- · Do you have a customer feedback section? Or references?
- · Do you work alone? Or with a partner?
Types of Photos
When I did wedding photography, I would give out checklists. The checklist would show the types of photos that could be done as well as offer an area for extra photo ideas. It is a good idea to go over the types of photos that you would like prior to the wedding day. Do you want a more traditional approach with formal poses? Or something that shows your creative side? Also if there are special family pictures that you want taken on that day, those should be discussed. For instance, is your great-grandmother going to be attendance? Do you want a photo with her? A final checklist should be discussed. However, the photographer should also be flexible, for those photos that you think of on the spot.
The last thing you want is a surprise when you go to pick your proofs. Ask questions about pricing.
- Does the photographer offer package deals? What is included?
- Do you provide services to touch up the photos? How much extra does that cost?
- Does the package include reception photos? Or an engagement session?
- How long do you have to wait before you are able to see the proofs? Do you upload the photos to your website? Or do you have to go pick them up?
- Is there an extra fee for the rights of the digital images? Do you offer a set price to put the photos on a disc with a release form?
- Do you need a payment up front? How much?
- If there is a change in the checklist, how much extra will these photos cost?
If you find the photographer that meets all your needs, sign the contract. Make certain that you understand everything in the contract. Planning goes a long way in creating that perfect day.