What to look for when choosing your Melbourne and Yarra Valley Wedding Photographer
Your wedding photos are the enduing reminder of the wonderful moments and emotions of your special day. They will carry those memories into the future and provide a timeless record for your children and grandchildren (who will probably laugh – think of your parent’s wedding album).
Choosing the right photographer to capture your wedding day is one of the most important decisions of your wedding planning. You have to find someone who you trust to be able to capture your day, the way you want. If you find the right person, you will have photos that you will want to show to everyone and will evoke happy memories of your wedding day, but choose the wrong photographer and your memories will always be tainted by the bad experience.
To find the right photographer you need to look at the 5 P’s – Photographs, Personality, Professionalism, Products and Price.
Photographers will naturally show you their best work, they would be crazy to do otherwise. If their best work does not appeal to you, then you don’t need to go any further.
If their photographs are good, you need to think about the style of the photos. Try to imagine yourself in the photos – do you fit in? If you are wanting relaxed casual photos, you need to see photos that have a relaxed casual feeling. If you want edgy, artistic shots or something more traditional, that is what you need to see. If the photographer isn’t showing you photographs that match your style, describe what you would like and see if they can show you something that is right for you.
When you are deciding on your photographer, you need to think about their personality. Spending a large part of your wedding day with someone who you find irritating is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you meet the photographer who will be shooting your wedding and talk to them. Do they make you feel comfortable and relaxed? The more relaxed you feel on your wedding day, the more relaxed and natural you will look in your photos.
Choosing a professional photographer entitles you to expect that they will behave in a professional manner. They should provide you with a contract that sets out exactly what you are purchasing and full details of what they will provide and what is expected. They should be able to answer all of your questions confidently and make suggestions about different ways of covering events.
Most importantly, they should be prepared. They should have back up equipment, back up plans to cover bad weather and the ability to react quickly to changing circumstances.
The photographer you choose should be able to supply the products you want, whether it be a beautiful, custom designed album filled with all your favourite wedding photos, canvas prints for your wall or a Guest Book made from your engagement photos. There are so many different ways to present your photos that it is almost impossible to show you all of the possibilities. If the photographer doesn’t show you something that you want, ask them whether they can provide the product.
While we would all love to say that money is no object, few of us can. You need to make your choices based on what you can afford. Your photographs are, however, one of the few items on your wedding budget that are an investment rather than an expense, their value is not finished on the day but will grow into the future. It is often worthwhile to look at some wedding photographers who are above your price range to see if they offer better value for your money. If you find the photographer who is right for you but they are a little expensive, you can always examine your budget to see if you can shift your priorities to fit in the extra investment.
When you find the photographer who meets all of your requirements for the 5 P’s you will know that you have found a person that you can trust with capturing the perfect wedding photos for you.
This article was written by Simon Woodcock of Wedding Snapper Photography based on a post about wedding photography on PhotoLoveCat by Jillian Cocklin.