13 Oct Best Wedding Photographer for your day – how to choose !
Adelaide Wedding Photographer Luke Simon makes a few suggestions to South Australian Bride and Grooms-to-be to help make choosing the best wedding photographer for your day a simpler one.
Choosing the best wedding photographer is not always simple…
Before I go on – I have a couple of extra special tips, but these insights are only going to the readers willing to go the extra distance – so, fill out the basic info HERE, write TIPS PLEASE in the ‘Event Type’ box, and I’ll be sending you a short video with pointers, that will ensure you end up with the best suited wedding photographer for your wedding day. And I’ll include some other little things that I’m sure will help make your day run supremely well.
Ok, so, some of this will be pretty obvious, but it is amazing how many people lose sight of some of these things – good idea to read this before meeting with your potential photographers, so you have fresh in your head what things to ask them.
Just some of the things I think need to be considered –
I explain this a little more below but I think it’s fairly self explanatory – you choose who you have met with and who’s work you admire and you can imagine yourself spending your wedding day with, who’s photographic style you love. As an example, if you are going for a rustic, vintage, documentary style of wedding you wouldn’t fly Yervant to Adelaide from Melbourne to shoot your wedding because you’d see as soon as you look at his work that his style is very fashion based, dramatic and posed. It’s very beautiful in its own way but not fitting for the results you are after.
All going to plan, you will only ever get married once, so it’s just not worth entrusting the capture of your family history to an uncle or mate who takes pictures as a hobby..for two reasons – at the end of it all, it’ll get a little awkward if you really don’t like the results. It’s pretty hard to go to someone who has done something as a favour, possibly for no money, and tell them it’s no good or ask if there’s any other images. I could also go on about how experience impacts on knowledge of light at certain venues. The better wedding photographers will also be able to assist with timing your day properly. Your photographer should be able to make suggestions for these times and this is another great reason to meet with those you are considering to capture your day. You will get a pretty good feel straight away, as to whether or not those you meet with really do know what they are doing.
Secondly, a non-professional will not have access to the service providers that a professional wedding photographer has. This leads me to my next point.
Products (Albums, prints, images etc they offer)
Albums hold a very important place in the wedding photography journey also….as cliched as it sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that old adage – ‘your wedding photographs are one of the few things you will have after your actual wedding day’ – it’s really is true, so also do what you can to make sure your wedding photographs don’t just sit on a CD or on a computer. I wrote another article about the whole High Res CD debate which may be of interest.
An album will last for generations. The more I shoot weddings the stronger I feel about this. Too many great images never see paper. I personally choose to use Queensberry Albums. I consider them to be the very best for the quality of service and the very best product in the industry.
A few more ways to find the best wedding photographer for your day…
Research can of course happen via search engines, a great place to start I think. And don’t always just go by what you find on page 1, there’s great stuff beyond. You’ll also find some great information and featured weddings on websites like PolkaDot Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty and one of my favourites is Junebug Weddings. I also think asking mates is one of the best avenues to take. A large proportion of our enquiries come from friends of previous brides. And of course avenues like Facebook, Google+ and great videos can be found on Youtube also.
Then, get out there and meet with 2 or 3 photographers and view lots of their work. View preview albums, which will show you a collection from start to finish, images captured by the photographer – not just a handful of ‘hero’ shots that you’ll find in the more traditional feature albums.