Photographer Checklist :
With hundreds of
photographers out there, how do you know which one
is right for you? We were at a wedding show recently
where there were there over seven photographers
exhibiting in a small marquee all showcasing their
services. I spoke with one and I asked her what is
so different about you than everyone else and she
admitted herself that she simply wasn't actually
sure. I mean think about it - they all have the same
glossy wedding photos, they all have the same kit
and all their prices were relatively similar give or
take £100. So what is it? What should you be looking
for in a wedding photographer?
Well, this is when you
have to scratch below the surface and discover the
talents of the individual photographers. Anyone can
be a photographer nowadays with the quality and
level of digital cameras being sold, it's pretty
easy to let the camera do most of the work even
with its default settings BUT this is your wedding
day, do you really want to let the most important
day of your life to be captured by a simple point
and click camera?
As wedding planners, we have seen
many kinds of photographers all charging differing
amounts from the simple "point and click" photos to
the "celebrity style" paparazzi photos. The question
is to try and find the right balance for the style
and image of photos that you prefer and of course at
the right budgets.
Asking friends and
family to photo your wedding day can be overwhelming task. Its
nice to ask someone who
has some experiences of taking photos but do spare a
thought for them. They too want to enjoy the day and
yes you want to make a saving however many friends
will find it difficult to say "no". They would love
to help but think about what happens when things
don't go your way - things could get uncomfortable?
we have seen this and it raises many areas that
could affect your relationship with that person.
With a professional whom you are paying, you have
the means to get the most from your day without
infringing on guests. Having a professional means
that you are "paying for them to document your day"
- this means that you owe it to the photographer to
allow time to capture the shots you've asked them
As we attend weddings,
we speak to many brides and grooms, guests, venues
and spoken to many photographers. There are
experiences we've reported and worth mentioning to
you so that you and your photographer have a
fantastic relationship together. The points below
are a few things that we have seen many
photographers do and we believe is worth you
mentioning up front when working with your
photographer and understanding how they handle these
A wedding day is
about you and your guests, every person coming
to your event have spent time and money to enjoy the
day with you and as a guest should enjoy it with
you. Let the photographers do what they are good at
Heart & Soul
When interviewing photographers, try
and find someone who will put their heart and soul
into your event - the pictures will last for 10. 20
or 50 years so it's key in finding the right people
for the job. If you find someone that presents this
and you get a good feeling about it - GREAT! You'll
have a much better experience with them up to and
throughout the organisation of your day. There are
lots of fantastic photographers out there so you
have plenty to choose from. Its ideal to find folks
that are insured and licensed as you have some
insurance policy just in case things don't go the
way you were expecting.
Everybody has digital cameras and
likes taking photos - how will the photographer
react or behave if any guest seems to be stepping on
the photographer toes? A question to ask the
photographer how they handle it. Will they end up
upsetting anyone - of course no photographer will
admit this - but it happens. You are paying a
photographer and it's no competition that a family
members can get equally great photos.
Obtrusiveness during the wedding breakfast
What tricks do the photographer
use to capture pictures during the speeches, this is
a time where everyone is listening to the speeches,
how will the photographer handle his behaviour at
this time to get the quality shots?
Interaction and Personality
Is the photographer good fun? do
they help create a sense of fun and excitement when
they attend your day - a happy photographer makes
for happy smiling and enthusiastic guests.
photographer can take the best photos in the world,
but with the wrong attitude or rude mannerisms, can
make yours and your guests wedding photo sessions
Meetings up with your photographer
is essential to capturing your needs. If the
photographer has no clue of what pictures you'd like
then this could over run the pacing of the day. Talk
to you photographer so you don't have any unexpected
delays on the day.
Your photographer needs to arrive on
time, look healthy and good and ready for the work
ahead. By that we mean, that your photographer needs
to dress smart and appropriately. Clean, shaven and
even nice smelling does wonders for the presentation
of your day. Why? because you are paying for it -
you and your guests have made the effort so why
can't the photographer.
Guests will never tell you that the photo guy was
annoying, smelly or looked like they rolled out of
bed - they will use that example at someone else's
event. Talk to the photographer to understand their
presentation and attire for the day.
It's worth paying particular
attention to the final wedding package you are
paying for. e,g on Digital - who owns the rights to
all the photos, can you have spares, can you change
your album, what is the final presentation format?.
In this day and age of digital cameras, its all too
easy for a photographer to hand you a disc with over
a thousand images on it!! It's worth understanding
exactly what you will get. Some photographers do not
really want the hassle with the end result but some
others treat it as a priority.
Photographer & Videographer - working together
Having a photographer or a
videographer? If so they need to get on and work
together to capture those memories for the future.
We advise that you get these two companies together
to discuss the plan and arrangements for your day.
Videographers and photographers can clash at
weddings. Videographers dislike digital
photographers that pop 1,000+ flashes during an
event. Photographers dislike videographers that are
constantly way-way-too-close to the bride and groom
and appear in every photo. Both understand the need
to give each other space.