This is a wedding photographer’s article about photographers at a wedding. I’ve tried to keep my counsel unbiased.
- What kind of people are they like?
You need to get along with your North East Wedding Photographer -because you spend most of your wedding day with them and the images reflect a negative relationship. If you gel with a photographer this is an excellent starting point. If for some reason they put you on edge run a mile.
- Take a critical look at their photos
It might sound crazy, but I’ve seen a lot of photographers taking huge bookings without ever displaying a single image-selling on price alone. If you’ve booked a photographer without a comprehensive portfolio, don’t be surprised if they let you down. Just starting out there are plenty of good photographers who can be had for a bargain. There are also lots of people who do not know their way around their own anatomy, let alone a camera’s.
Is there a sufficient picture gamut? In even the most difficult of situations, a good photographer will be able to get photos-usually a darkly lit church or a difficult reception venue. When the images are taken outdoors on a sunny day, it may mean the photographer is struggling with shots inside. Ask for an entire wedding to get an understanding of where the limitations of the photographers are (being a photojournalistic photographer mine is group shots)
Do the pictures all look posed? Some photographers are specialized in catching the action as it happens-but many still work in the traditional way and pose the key events; the first kiss, cutting the cake. You should tell them.
- Are they comfortable?
A professional wedding photographer will get you to sign a contract that will cover both you and yourself. Reading the contract, and raising any issues you have with it, is necessary. You should not feel under pressure to sign.
They are going to be covered-ensure if your photographer has public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance because they cover you if the worst happens.
- Are they ready?
A professional is going to have backups of all-cameras, lenses-and They are going to have a contingency plan for weather that’s inclement. A photographer requires a strong organization.
- Are they bringing help?
Some photographers prefer to work alone, others will bring second shooters or assistants. A second shooter will help cover your day more thoroughly-especially if you need pictures of getting ready for both the bridal party and the groomsmen. A photographer’s assistant can help the photographer work by doing things like setting up cameras, carrying reflectors, adjusting lenses and promoting your wedding pictures.
- What is it that you are getting?
Coverage-how long will he be with you? Do they cover the arrangements, the ceremony, the formal shots, the reception at night? (If a photographer is with you most of the day, it’s very good to give them food). Some photographers dictate what they cover, while others dictate more flexibility.
You should choose a wedding photographer you are connecting with and who you believe can take the very best photographs of your special day.