Five things you need to think about when choosing a wedding photographer

July 31st, 2010 by katielloyd

Brides Magazine
I love Brides Magazine, the latest issue is already well thumbed a day after it arrives in my house.

The September/October issue has a really helpful guide for wedding planning. The Editor’s top tips include the suggestion to give your photographer a list of the people dearest to you with specific shots you want. She didn’t do this at her own wedding and now regrets having only one image of herself with her Grandma and no posed pictures of her extended family.
I completely endorse this, but a good wedding photographer should ask you at the planning meeting about the key people you need to have pictures with and any specific requests you may have for the imagery of your wedding. See the following five things you need to get clear about your potential choice of photographer before you pay the deposit!
Oh the stories I’ve heard!
Every time I tell a group of people I am a wedding photographer, somebody has a horror story to tell

Five things to avoid in a wedding photographer –
• Thinks it is their day not yours – too intrusive
The photographer should be directive where required – Usually the group shots – to get things done swiftly and effectively, but otherwise should not be the cause of attention

• Takes too much time with the couple away from their guests
This needs to be agreed at the planning meeting and discussed in the context of the overall arrangements for the day

• Fails to identify or deliver the special requests you had for capture on the day
Planning again; they should also ask if anyone critical to your photographs (e.g. a parent or sibling) has specific disabilities that they may need to know about. Difficulties with mobility, visual or hearing loss are important things a photographer needs to know to pose a group effectively. If they don’t ask this I wonder if they are really thinking about how to make the day work well for you.

• Spends the initial consultation meeting telling you what they won’t do, not what they will
I personally think this is arrogant. Photography at your wedding is a service to you, and one that you pay for, not a favour that is being grudgingly done. When I hear such stories I wonder if the photographer has lost the pleasure of doing his job.

• Doesn’t deliver the album promptly
At a recent networking meeting my neighbour said they were still waiting for an album 9 months after the wedding. They’d chosen the photographer in haste with a short period between the engagement and the event, and wished in retrospect they’d had a better idea about how long this might take. What’s reasonable? Well that is for you to decide and discuss again at your planning meeting.

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