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12 Thing to Keep in Mind When Hiring a Wedding Photographer


Your wedding is the most important day in your life. It is important to capture the beautiful moments of that day so that later you can revisit the beautiful memories and relive your wedding day. You can visit photographic agencies and hire good photographers. However, it’s of paramount importance that you do some preliminary home work before approaching a particular company and hiring their photographer. Keep the following points in mind before you make a decision.

1. Check out the samples of your photographer’s previous assignments. Review a good selection of your photographer’s work and insist on viewing complete wedding albums. It can give you a fair idea as to how your wedding album can turn out. If you do not feel any emotional connect with the photos then it is better you look out for another photographer.

2. Make sure that the photographs shown to you were actually taken by the photographer you are about to hire and not by any other photographer of the company.

3. Meet the photographer and his assistant in order to know them better.

4. Different photographers have different psyche. Some will be too interfering and will try to dominate your decisions and some will be cooperative and make suggestions and will try to know what you want.

5. A good photographer doesn’t necessarily translate into a good wedding organizer.

6. Ask as much questions as you need to ask and know the photographer well whom you are about to hire for your wedding.

7. Many photographers may charge you exorbitant price. Make sure you specify the amount of time you want him to work and know what is his charging rate per hour.

8. Most companies do not inform you before hand as to how much your bill can run up to. You may land up in a bad deal if you do not crosscheck the charging rate.

9. There are many companies that offer packages that are quite easy to understand. So make your decision very carefully. You don’t want to empty your pocket for your wedding photographs as there are many other expenses that you need to take care of.

10. It is of utmost importance that you ask for a blank copy of their signed contract. Read it carefully and compare it with that of other companies.

11. Ask them the time period that they will take to deliver the finished photographs. Some companies take very less time to deliver photographs.

12. Don’t bother about the technicalities. The professional photographers know better the type of equipment they should use.

If you do not want to limit to still photography you may consider video recording the entire ceremony. There are quite a few professional video companies that produce amazing quality wedding videotapes. Check out some demo videos. You will b surprised to know that they are cheaper than the photographer that you are about to hire. You can consider adjusting your photography budget to accommodate video recording.

Wedding photography can be divided into three sub types- traditional, photojournalistic and artistic. If you are interested to know more about them then you can find a host of information about the different types of wedding photography in the internet. A good photographer should be able to dabble equally well with all the styles. Keep the above points in mind and then hire a photographer who appeals to your taste and is also within your budget.

Simon Johnnson is the director of content for Executive Gift Shoppe. They specialize in groomsmen gifts such as pocket watches and cufflinks.

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