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Insider's Guide to Wedding Photographers
Wedding Photography is a delicate subject. After your wedding has come and gone, this is what you will be left with. The photos (and video) of your special day will be cherished for the rest of your life and the memories they preserve will be re-lived countless times both by you, your relatives and one day your kids too!
So it's incredibly important that you choose your photographer wisely and spare nothing on ensuring that this goes off without a hitch.
If you look in the Photography section in Articles & Tips on brideonline.com.au, you will find incredibly detailed information about who what when and how. In this email, we prefer to give you the summarized version! We have taken the best tips and ideas and put them together here for you.
All this information is relevant to video's as well as photography so you can keep the same points in mind when looking around for a videographer. Next week we will however send a separate email detail some of the specifics about videos.
So, what do we need to Know?
Establishing open communication and an honest, helpful relationship with your wedding photographer from the get-go is important because your photographer is a crucial part of the day. The better photographers do more for you than simply take photographs. They help with planning, timing and even with the fine details.
How much Should we Budget?
An important factor to remember is that any price quoted will be a
starting coverage or package price only. Every wedding is unique, as is
every couple. Generally, the prices between different we
dding photographers reflect their qualifications, experience, skill,
and creative style. The quality of the overall product and level of
service will also vary with price.
Basically, like many services, you generally get what you pay for. Therefore, the more paid, the greater the quality of photography and professionalism.Ask about whats included in the packages, items now commonly included are wedding albums, flip books, digitized albums and more.
The cost of the photographers has to do with their high overheads and their time. Even though you may only see them for about 15 hours before, during and after the day, they will also spend at least 30 to 40 hours producing your album. You really though, are paying for the value of a photographers style, experience, qualifications and expertise and not just for time, materials and overheads.
How Should we Choose a Photographer?
A referral from family or friends is a good starting point. Also browse through BrideOnline's Galleries which give you an immediate idea of the quality of the final images you will get. When you are looking at past client's work, make sure the work you are viewing is of that specific wedding photographer (as many will show you studio work) and look at complete weddings and a full set of the original images and not just the best shots from various weddings. You cannot pick a photographer based on a brochure or a phone call price enquiry. The only way to establish the value is to meet with them, so make an appointment with the studio.
All Photographers are Qualified Aren’t They?
One such qualification is the Australian Institute of Professional
Photography’s (AIPP) Accreditation process. AIPP Full Members must go
through an accreditation process where their portfolio is assessed to make
sure their work is up to a certain standard. To find an Accredited AIPP
photographer in your area log on to www.aipp.com.au and go
to their Find a Photographer section.
Remember, it’s not the great camera that takes the photo, it’s the photographer. Although a friend or family member may be a great amateur photographer, they will not have the experience, equipment or knowledge of a professional photographer. Quality wedding photography does not happen by chance. It is created by a specialised professional who has a creative eye and a genuine love of people and wedding photography. Your photographer will also need to co-ordinate the flow of the day, know all the types of shots that need taking and must be able to do all of this in variable weather and sometimes difficult time constraints.
A very important point - Should you do a dry run with your photographer?
To have the ultimate confidence that your pictures will be everything that you wish for, consider asking your photographer to do a dry run. In this way, by the time you step out in your
wedding dress, they will know know every line of your face, every curve of your body and
every flaw in your photographic face. They will have have a clear
understanding of which angles will work perfectly for you and what to
avoid when photographing you.
Bear in mind, that as professionals, photographers earn their living by selling their time - so be prepared to pay a little extra for this service. Also bear in mind, that even without a dry run, good photographers will have the expertise and experience to produce good pictures.
The big benefit of a dry run is that in the photographers mind he will have a mind map of your day set out and as he shoots your wedding, he clearly sees in his mind the picture going into your picture book at the right place. So what are these dry runs then? The best way to describe it is one word – fun. Your photographer will book you for an hour or two and take you to the venue where you will be shooting your actual wedding pictures. Once there, he will work his magic on you and your groom as you work your way through some poses, discover some hidden gems and find comfort in each other and the photographer.
This breaks the ice for the big day and suddenly you look forward to being photographed rather than feeling a bit apprehensive about being the focal point all the time. Shy guys benefit tremendously from a photographic dry run as they then can relax and spend the time on the day enjoying you and the moment.
If you would like some more information, visit our Articles & Tips section of the website and our blog too which has just as many fantastic and up-to date resources. We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our Wedding Insider Series, next week we look forward to emailing you our information about wedding videos!