1. What should I look for when choosing a wedding photographer?
There are 4 main things you should look for:
1st- Do you like the style of the images that the photographer is
displaying? Can you picture yourself happily in the same
style of images? If the answers are yes, press on!
2nd- Do you like the photographer and do you think you’ll feel
comfortable with them on your wedding day? It’s
important that your personalities are compatible so that you
feel confident and at ease with your photographer. This
makes for relaxed and natural images. Doing an engagement
session with them before your wedding date will not only
help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera, it will
also give a preview of what’s to come. Most of my packages
come with a free engagement session.
3rd- Think of your photography as an investment, like buying a
car or an appliance. You want your wedding memories to
suit you and your requirements. Ask yourself what you
want in the end- an album? traditional or story book style?
artwork for your walls? digital photo frame? Does the
photographer you’re considering offer the type of keepsake
that you’re looking for?
4th- Stick to the wedding photography experts. Find out how
much experience they have and get a contract that outlines
your expectations. Photographing weddings is unlike any
other type of photography. The day moves fast and
typically there’s a list of “must have” shots. Lighting
conditions vary and posing people is an art form! An
experienced and professional wedding photographer will be
able to handle all these variables.
2. How do I tell the difference between an amateur & a professional?
One simple test is to look closely at their work. Do the poses
look natural and fun? Do the images look properly exposed?
Do they seem to have a good grip on design principles in their
albums? Ask them if they do photography full time. Do they have
a professional looking website? Do they have references on their
site or another site? Find out if they are a member of a
professional organisation like SWPP. Do they have any special
training or a degree? Are they insured? Do they offer a contract?
3. Why is there such a wide variety of prices among wedding photographers?
The answer to this question is largely a part of question 2.
Wedding photography is a rather specialised field. Some
photographers design albums themselves and others contract it
out. The onset of digital is a double edged sword. More people
are getting in to wedding photography, which is great because it
gives you more choices. On the other hand, many of these new
photographers have not yet acquired the proper tools for the job.
This means not just equipment, but training and experience. We
now do post production ourselves, rather than a lab processing
film. Post production is a whole other set of skills and can be done
better by some than others. There is also a great deal of products
that a photographer can offer. As with anything, some of these
are much better than others. Lasting keepsakes, like a good car,
are worth what you pay for them. If a photographer is offering
you a price that seems too good to be true, like anything, it
probably is! Saving money in the short term may end up costing
you more in the long run. Again, be sure you know what you are
getting before you sign the contract!
At Faith Stone Photography, we believe your images are the most important investment of your day. Our albums are guaranteed, Faith holds an AA and an AAS in photography, has over a decade of experience, is fully insured, a member of SWPP and has award winning images. I want you to find the “right fit” photographer, even if it’s not me! The best way to find out is for us to meet and chat. Visit my website and give me a call for a complimentary consultation.
Live, Love, Laugh. I’ll take care of the memories.
Faith Stone Photography
07792 670 461