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    How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

    There are so many stuff that worth of preparing before your wedding day. Since I'm a photographer, I'd like to share some thoughts from a photographer's view and cover this topic in several sub-topics.

    1. How to pick your photographer.

    View past work.
    The first thing that involves my thoughts when selecting a photographer is to view his/her past works. Photography is definitely an art, not everybody with a camera can master it. Although, camera has revolutionized how photos are taken and provides more latitude for photographer to correct their mistakes after the shoot, photographers still need photographic skills and knowledge to be able to capture the moments. That skills and knowledge cannot be developed or acquired overnight. It takes time for a newbie to become a fully fledged artist. Regardless what the photographer states, if you do not like his/her past work, don't work with this photographer. Remember, you are going to hire someone to record maybe the most important moments in your lifetime. You don't want to regret after seeing the wedding photos that you're not happy with. Budget enough money and take lots of time to find and hire a capable photographer that matches your look and taste.

    Photography styles
    Traditionally, wedding photos are mainly done inside studios with props and setups. Photographer often gives very specific modeling instructions and advice to brides and grooms. If the subjects know how to pose correctly, it can result in great photos which are sharp and well composed. Unfortunately lots of people are camera shy and do not know how to smile in front of a camera. Under this circumstance, posed shots might not be your very best choice.

    Photojournalistic photography has gained its popularity in the past 15- Two decades. This photography style offers less formalized shots with a smaller amount posing requirements in the subjects. Photographer takes the shots without giving too many instructions and records raw and untarnished emotion. Sometimes, subjects don't even understand that they are photographed. I personally prefer this approach for portrait because individuals look best when they're under their natural state. However, this method may cause technical constraints with photographer. As lighting is one of the most important elements of photography, photographer might not get all of the preferred lighting when he/she moves around just like a journalist. Photographer really needs to depend on their knowledge and equipment for the greatest shots taken.

    Wedding isn't a natural event; therefore, hybrid style is often used. Hybrid style photography is really a mixture of staged shots with photojournalistic shots. Photographer can ask group shots to be staged while take candid photo to exhibit emotions or story.

    This is the one question that's asked most frequently. When choosing photographer, many brides place the price as the number 1 deciding factor. I believe this isn't the ultimate way of choosing the best photographer. Please remember, you are hiring anyone to document the most precious time in your life. There is no second opportunity for photographer to inquire about you to re-do the ceremony or take the same photos twice. You really need the assistance from professional not some amateurs. Price of professional photography has come down significantly due to interest in digital camera and competition. Wedding photos used to cost $2,000-6,000, and most photographers charges between $1,000-3,000 nowadays. How much should a few spend on photography services? I'd say, about 10-15% of your total wedding budget should be a reasonable allocation. I have seen amateurs advertised their photography services for just $450 and offer to provide a DVD disc to client immediately after the marriage. I believe that this is definitely an irresponsible way of producing wedding photos. Good photos have to be created both during and following the shoot. What I mean is that post processing can also be important besides good original photos. Post production can correct the colour, create romantic feel, and add some nice touches towards the originals. The wow factors usually derive from post processing. Post production is time consuming and requires technical and artistic skills. Amateurs who provide DVD immediately after the shoot try to avoid time invest in post production (or even don't know how you can do good post production) and time deal with client after the wedding.

    They consider their job completed when wedding day has ended. Brides who concentrate on saving money and hire this kind of amateur photographer most likely wind up having photos look just like the ones taken by their friends. This isn't saving money, this is wasting money. If you do a simple math, taken the time that pro photographer charges for post production, the price you pay for amateurs and pros ought to be similar; therefore, you're paying pro price and got an amateur service. There is a reason behind people who charge really low fees. All these amateurs care is money. Quality and client satisfaction are not their main concern. Bear in mind! Photography lovers have to maintain certain price level in order to survive and make money because taking photos is all they are doing for living.

    Most weddings happen during the weekend on Saturdays, thus there are only 4 weddings in a month. Even say photographer charges $1500 per wedding, measuring only $6,000 per month. After business expense, equipment depreciation, taxes, and other misc. expense, what's left in photographer's pocket should be no a lot more than $3,500-4,000. It is not a lot of money, but that is reality. Additionally, winter months are usually slow or even without any business. If a pro wedding photographer charges less than $1,000 a marriage, it is hard for him/her to survive in a minimum of Washington DC metro area, unless he/she can pull income from elsewhere.

    Professionalism & Personality
    Do you want to use those who are negative and aggressive? Do you want your guess believe the photographer is intrusive and unfriendly? I suggest that you simply at least talk with photographers a couple of times over the phone or have an interview with them before signing an agreement. Do not just see the website after which decide who to make use of. Follow your instinct and employ the one you feel confident with. The way photographer answers the telephone can also tell something regarding their professionalism. If your photographer never answers phone or only return your telephone call or email days later, chances are they are terrible at customer services. May be the photographer on time to have an appointment? This really is extremely important and can be an indicator of his reliability because you don't want the photographer show late (or not showing at all) at the wedding. Lots of good photographers work from their own home, and this should not be a judging factor of their professionalism.

    Perth Wedding Photographer

    An expert photographer must have a properly drafted contract/agreement. If a photographer just promise to appear in your wedding date and doesn't wish to sign a contract, don't work with him/her. I had brides explained that someone took the deposit and just disappear. Although, give a 50% deposit is common practice to secure your wedding date, ask for full amount of the service ahead of time is unreasonable.

    Anything should clearly state photographer's responsibility, duties, coverage time, deliverables, and any terms you've agreed upon. Read the contract carefully and find out whether it is fair to you and the photographer. Do not blindly sign anything since the photographer lets you know it's standard.

    Possibly the first person that you will request referring a photographer is just one of your family members or friends. This is a perfect way to get started. However, when the referred photographers are not readily available for the wedding date that do you use find the information? Go to local wedding vendors asking for referrals. Because vendors usually won't recommend other vendors who provide bad service that can back fire their reputation, it is relatively safer than you look for a photographer on the internet. Check with the florist that you simply usually buy flowers from, your wedding dress maker, caterer who prepares the food or even wedding venues that you are interested to see whether they've got some photographers to touch on. However, you still need research your options of interviewing the photographer yourself. When the photographer has gained your trust, you can sign anything with him/her.

    Photographers are normally booked weeks or even months before a celebration. When you make up your mind, reserve the photographer right away. There are only 52 weekends each year, so it is simple for others to book the photographer you want ahead of you. If you delay, you may have to start over the hunting process again. Don't procrastinate because you believe there's plenty of time to find a good photographer.

    Added by Jake & Allen on Tue, Jun 12th 2012