Finding the Right Wedding Photographer

 

Bride & Bridesmaids

Bride & Bridesmaids

Your wedding is the cornerstone of your life, and the pictures that are taken can provide memories that are going to last a lifetime. It all comes down to finding the right Dublin wedding photographer to help get your memories captured from the time you say “I Do”.

Here are a few helpful hints to find the right photographer.

Begin Researching Right Away

As soon as you set the date, this is where the searching begins. It’s important to book your photographer as fast as possible since all the good photographers get booked pretty fast and early in advance. The sooner you begin looking, the better the photographer you can get which of course leads to flawless images of your special day. Some recommend looking 9-12 months in advance.

Don’t Limit Your Searching

Some people will limit their searching to the internet or to their local area. Get creative and consider looking to other cities. They may just be willing to travel to your city. You can even ask for referrals and recommendations from family or friends. If they have a wedding album, take a look at it and determine if you want to use their photographer or choose your own.

There are also online photographer directories that can help you find what you are looking for according to budget and your needs.

Check Out Samples

Once you have come up with a list of photographers, take the next step and look at their samples and websites carefully. While looking at their samples, think about your budget. As you find photographers that are too high on budget, cross them off your list. If you find samples or quality that you are not fond of, cross them off as well. You should do this until you have 3 or 4 left. This is when you will interview each one further.

Each photographer should have at least a few albums of different weddings they have photographed so make sure you take a look at each one carefully. Examine the color, the quality, and any other little details in the photographs that you want to be seen in your photos as well.

Make sure that the true emotion of your wedding is captured. Take a look at the pictures and see if the pictures look natural or if everyone is posing. You probably want a photographer that is going to capture posed and natural activities during the day.

Think About the Location

If you are going to have an outdoor wedding, consider choosing a photographer that specializes in outdoor photography. Do you want a traditional photographer or do you want someone who is playful and adds sense of humor and catches every laugh and smile.

Interview the Photographer

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Wedding Toast

 

Finding the right wedding photographer is all about the pictures, but you do need to get to know your photographer and learn what type of personality they have. Ask how many weddings they photograph or how long they have been shooting weddings. Keep in mind that wedding photography is different from any other type of photography.

While the photographer may have a lot of experience, they may not have all the necessary knowledge to keep your wedding pictures looking their best.  You want to see how they are going to act at the ceremony as well as the reception. Ask what type of attire they wear and how they are going to act around your guests.

If you have a venue picked out, ask if they have photographed any weddings there before. If so, they may know how to get some of the best shots.

Talk About the Equipment That Will Be Used

While you are probably not a photographer, you still want to know about the equipment that is going to be used. Ask about what type of camera is going to be used as well as any other equipment that is to be used during your wedding.

For instance, digital and film cameras both have their advantages, but some people will agree more with film pictures especially when they are enlarged. Some say digital pictures are a lot easier to take out little imperfections.

If you are going to work with a photographer that does use a digital camera, you should make sure that the camera used is going to have at least 8 megapixels. However, if they are using film, make sure it’s professional grade.

Some photographers use an assistant especially with larger weddings. These assistants can also help with backup equipment such as lenses, cameras, and film or batteries if needed. They can also help by offering to being extra memory cards.

What Are the Costs?

The next thing you should ask about is the cost for booking the photographer. Talk about any packages that may be offered. What is the cost going to be to book the photographer? Some will require a deposit and the rest to be paid in full at the day of the wedding.

See if there is a way to negotiate the price and talk about what the cost is going to include. Talk about packages and see what other services you are going to be offered.

Make sure that the photographer you choose is the final choice. Some bigger photographer companies will send out a different person, so make sure you ask the photographer to show up at your wedding. Also, before you sign the contract make sure you find out how many hours you are going to have the photographer.