Saying “We Do” to a Wedding Photographer
Selecting a Wedding Photographer should be first on your list of wedding planning to-do’s. Why?
Reviewing wedding photography portfolios will give you a clear picture of how your Wedding Photography Professional will use all the beautiful details of your wedding to make magical images. From up-close dress detail shots to dance floor excitement, your wedding portraiture investment makes months of planning come together with unforgettable images.
We’ve gathered as much information we can about Wedding Photography to set you up for success. There is a ton of information, of course. So here is some basic information we have gathered to get you started along with additional links for more in-depth browsing.
Step 1: Portfolio Review
As we mentioned, this is where the fun starts and we’ve made that a cinch. Depending on your area, there may be many photographers in your area who specialize in Wedding Photography. A good way to browse portfolios is to save this list in a word document where you can make notes as you look at online portfolios. While browsing portfolios, jot brief notes on images you see which grab your attention. Narrow your field of contestants to two or three and schedule a visit to get to know each photographer a little better. It is important to talk to your top photography prospects as each one will likely want to share with you what they are best at and points out some aspects of their recent work which previous clients have loved. Getting a photographer to talk about their work is a great way to clarify what you want in your photographs and who might be best in seeing your vision. In addition to getting routine details about cost and availability, ask your photography prospects to describe their style and if they have examples of photography done in your venue or a similar venue as the one you are considering (garden, church, rustic, destination).
Type in Wedding and Location to see Photographers in your area who specialize in The Big Day.
Step 2: Planning the Wedding Package
Basic wedding photograph packages may include up to four hours of coverage by one photographer and digital images. However, each Wedding Photography professional will likely have different package to chose from which offer a range of services. Reviewing these various packages will give you a better idea of how to proceed in selecting a package perfect for both your needs and budget. Ask each prospective professional about add-on variables as extended Wedding Day shooting hours, additional photographers, special albums or photo books, parent albums, additional shoots (such as an engagement session/reception dinner shots) and entertainment options (some photographers offer photo booth rentals and will supply/collect disposable cameras for the reception).
Most important, discuss image delivery. How will images be provided? How can friends and family access images and order prints?
Some great links for additional Wedding Package Planning include:
Step 3: Negotiate and Book
Yes. Wedding Packages are usually negotiable and the more services you include, the larger margin the photographer may have to work out pricing for your specific budget. Be sure and ask for a contract to insure that your agreement is in writing and well understood. The contract should ideally cover cost breakdown (hourly charges, add-ons), time-frame/format for image delivery, deposits/refund policy and any emergency plan the photographer has in place for supplying an alternative photographer in the event the booked photographer cannot attend.
At the end of this process, you are ready to book. PhotogBooker.com makes it easy to confirm that your photographer has reserved that date for you well in advance and can also accommodate an engagement photography session.