Wedding Photography: What to
Consider - by Dale Casey, DC Images
So what should you look for in a wedding photographer? For
us it is as simple as asking three questions: Do I like their
photos? Do I like them? And am I getting good value for money?
The photos Keep
your thought processes simple, this does not need to be rocket
science. Try not to get too technical if you do not know a
lot about photography in general. It may seem obvious but
it really is as simple as liking what you see. Ask to view
a complete wedding consisting of 150+ photographs from a wedding
they have captured in the last twelve months. Any backyard
hick can show you a sample of successful or lucky images out
of the untold amount they captured at Bill & Mary's wedding,
but would you be happy with only a handful of images in your
album? Of course not. It's about the quality of each image
from every moment of your day. You will not be able to make
a quality album brimming with stunning images if your photographs
need to rely on luck.
Is the photographer's work immaculately presented? Do they
display a genuine pride in what they are showing you? Start
to look at the variety and creativity in their photographs.
For us it's all about making the couple's job of choosing
their favourite images as hard as possible, not easy because
there is a complete lack of choice. You should like so many
of your wedding photographs that not putting all of them in
your custom designed album disappoints you.
The photographer Make
sure you talk to the person that will be photographing your
wedding day and not a staff member who is paid to be friendly
to you but who has absolutely no idea on how to take a stunning
photograph. Also ensure you are looking at images that have
been captured by the photographer you will potentially book
to capture your special day.
Consider the advice you are getting from your photographer.
Are they giving you options and making it easier to plan your
special day? It is important to talk the day through and discuss
aspects like is there enough time for photographs? Take into
account lighting (ie: sunset), travelling distances and general
logistics. Does your photographer have a "Plan B"
if it rains?
Remember you need to have fun with your photographer as they
will potentially be the person you spend the most amount of
time with on your wedding day. Whilst the best possible photographs
are the number one priority, if you do not enjoy the company
of your photographer you will not enjoy your photography experience
and consequently this will be reflected in the quality of
your wedding photographs, that we can guarantee you.
Value for money This
will completely depend on you, the couple. Value for money
will simply come down to taste, personal preference and budget.
Have a good look around but we will warn you now that photographers
will charge $500 to $10,000 plus. It's true that Uncle Bob,
the next door neighbour or anyone with a lack of experience
could shoot your wedding day for you cheaply while a professional
studio may charge an unlimited amount. The simple fact is
that like anything quality and experience costs. The great
thing about being the consumer is that you get to decide where
the best value for money lies for you. The most important
thing to remember though is that there will be no re-shoot
and no opportunity for "take two". You have one
shot at this so make sure you get the quality of photographs
and the hourly coverage you need as everything else can be
fine tuned later.
When you are considering your wedding photography budget ask
yourself how you will feel about your photographs in five
years time? For us photographic images (wedding or otherwise)
and the memories they create are one of those things in life
that will continually increase in sentimental value every
In Summary We
would look at it this way and in this order:
1. The photos - love them unequivocally
2. The photographer - trust them and love their company
3. Value for money - cost versus benefit
Trust yourself - you know what you like, get a good vibe and
go with it. Enjoy the wedding planning and preparations.
By The DC Images team
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