Many things can go wrong at a wedding, but the most heartbreaking mishap is one that relates to the photography. By avoiding the mistakes detailed below, you can choose the ideal photographer to give you picture-perfect snaps of your special day.
Ignoring the photographer's style and personality
Every photographer has a unique style. It can be a traditional approach, documenting the important ceremonies and the popular poses. Or it can be photo-journalistic style that focuses more on capturing the moments and emotions than the poses. There is also an artistic approach where the photographer uses unusual or irregular camera angles, hand-coloring of images and other off-beat styles. Choose a wedding photographer whose style you like. You should also hire a particular photographer only if you like him/her on a personal level.
Not establishing rapport with the photographer before the wedding
Many people do not realize the importance of the wedding couple and the photographer getting to know each other before the event. You must have a pre-wedding session with your photographer so that you become comfortable with him/her. The photos on the big day will definitely show you in a relaxed frame of mind and add that extra charm to your smile.
Giving more priority to products than the art
What use are bad pictures in a beautiful album? If your budget is limited, do not make the mistake of compromising on the photography and hiring a cheaper photographer just to be able to afford a smart album. You ought to know your priorities. The album can always be replaced with a better one whenever you can afford it, but you cannot recreate the wedding day!
Not hiring an experienced professional
An amateur or inexperienced photographer is not likely to produce the results that an experienced professional will. Even if an expert photographer costs a little more than you had budgeted for, he/she will more than make up for it by delivering photos that you treasure for a lifetime.
Not getting a copy of the wedding photography contract
And lastly, do not forget to get a copy of the contract that you and your photographer should be signing. While you do hope that everything goes along fine and you end up with a collection of truly memorable pictures of your wedding, you must be prepared for things going wrong. You deserve to get good value for your money and if the photographer fails to deliver it, you need to have written proof of having hired and paid for the services.
You should not leave capturing of the most cherished moments of your life to chance! Take a planned approach to hiring your wedding photographer to make sure that you get photos you can look at fondly even after long years have gone by.