Prior to a wedding, couples have an array of decisions to make: finalising the guest list, choosing the venue for the wedding and reception, determining which caterer to choose, etc. Because—for most people—weddings are once-in-a-lifetime events, careful consideration must be made to ensure that the event goes smoothly and the couple and their guests have a memorable time.
Unfortunately, for many couples from Crystal Hill, Camberwell and Dulwich, wedding photographer choice can come as an afterthought. Many fall into the trap of choosing a photographer based on their budget or based upon recommendations from friends and family members who have recently been hitched. This is quite unfortunate, considering that years after the whole affair has been done, it is the wedding photography that will provide a link between that momentous event and the future.
For many people, choosing a photographer can be problematic. After all, it isn’t every day that people celebrate an event with a photographer covering the occasion. However, this decision is crucial in producing an album the couple would be proud to show off to their friends and family.
In an age where social media reigns and just about anyone can buy a DSLR and call himself a photographer, how do you choose the right photographer to cover your wedding?
The best way to start is to follow the leads given by acquaintances. Schedule an interview to get to know the photographer in person and have a glimpse of his portfolio. By viewing his portfolio, you’ll get an idea of the photographer’s style as well as his previous works. Some photographers may deliver solid work at a studio setting but weddings are an entirely different matter. Interviewing, on the other hand, gives you a sense of the photographer’s personality. Rapport between the photographer and his clients is a crucial factor in determining the outcome of the photos. Besides, you wouldn’t want to spend your special day with an egomaniac tailing you the whole day. It wouldn’t hurt if you can also get feedback from recent clients.
Budget can be a deal breaker when choosing a photographer. Some couples scrimp on their budget for the wedding photographs, thinking that a cheaper photographer can do just as well as a more expensive one. Of course, the amount a photographer charges is never an indication of his talent and skills. However, people should know that, like any professional, a good photographer invests time and money in equipment and training.
Unless you’re a fan of Elizabeth Taylor, Larry King or Lana Turner and would want to follow in their footsteps, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Your choice of photographer is a crucial decision you and your partner should not rush into making.