What Are You Looking For In a Wedding Photographer


So you’ve decided to take the plunge. You’re getting married. Congratulations!

You’ve found the venue, reception hall, know who is catering and providing the music, but what about your photographer? How do you choose? Do you go for price, experience or options? Do you want one photographer for everything, or do you want one for just the engagement portrait, one for just the bridal portrait, and one for the wedding and reception? These are all things any bride-to-be needs to consider.

Details you need to think about are numerous; how formal is your event going to be? Will there be a large reception and do you want pictures taken during it? Do you and your groom want formal pictures taken after the ceremony? Do you want pre-ceremony coverage, and if so, do you want it of you and your bridesmaids, the groom and his groomsmen, or both? Do you want images shot during the ceremony itself? Does your venue allow flash photography, and will that affect your choice in photographer?

All of the above questions are very much worth considering when you pick your wedding photographer. I am going to address many of the above questions one at a time, and give you some ideas to think about LinkedIn Head Shots Cairns .

My name is Julie. I’m a photographer and I’m here to help.

Do you want one photographer for everything? The answer to this question is either yes or no, but the reasons for each are numerous. Let’s say, for example, you are on a budget. Depending on where you live, you might be able to find an upstart portrait photographer that is building a portfolio of engagement and/or bridal portraits. You may be able to get in with one for your portraits. Check your local want ads, Craigslist, and Google the portrait photographers in your area. Sometimes a wedding photographer will have you sign a contract that will state that you must use him or her for all of your bridal needs. This may or may not be a bad thing, depending on your budget. Should you decide to use the “one shot/one kill” method of selecting a photographer, make sure that he or she can give you what you want before you sign anything.

This brings me to another issue. Do you know what you want regarding your wedding images? Do you have your heart set on the first dance at the reception, the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance, etc.? Make sure that your photographer will cover your reception, should you want those types of images. Ensure that your photographer will be available to shoot whatever reception coverage you need or want. You may need to feed him/her/them during the reception (which is always appreciated) so that they don’t keel over from hunger. (While you and the wedding party are snacking on cheese, crackers, and mimosas prior to the wedding, your photographer(s) will be shooting your activities and not eating and/or drinking during this time. This is not a pre-requisit, but is a courtesy.)

Do you want photos taken during the ceremony? Herein lies a whole other can of worms. Will you allow your photographer(s) to be where they need to be to get the shots that you want during the ceremony, or are there specific areas only from where they can photograph? Does your venue allow flash photography? Many churches will not allow the photographers to use on-camera flash during the ceremony. If yours is one of those, is your photographer used to working in low-light situations without flash? If so, be sure to ask to see their portfolio.

Do you want pre-ceremony images shot? Do you want the photographer to bounce back and forth between you and the girls, and the groom and his guys, or do you want a separate photographer to cover each group?

Do you want formal shots taken after the ceremony? If so, make sure that you have your wedding planner (if you’ve enlisted the help of one) to pencil these into the schedule. It really helps the photographer if you have a list of formal “poses” that you would like to have, so be sure to ask your potential photographer if they have any problem taking instruction from your planner, if you have one. Many photographers find themselves at the mercy of a wedding planner when they are not expecting it, so be clear!

How much coverage do you want? Four hours? Two hours? Eight hours? Let your photographer know what your time to budget constraints are, so that there are no surprises for either of you.

Will you get a license agreement to print any photos you want (or negatives, if your photographer shoots film)? Do you want your photographer to handle everything, or just the bare minimum (i.e. shoot the pictures, give me a license agreement and a disc)?

In closing, don’t be afraid to tell potential photographers what you want; after all, it’s YOUR special day, and it should go off without a hitch (or as smoothly as possible). Ask as many questions as you feel necessary and re-interview the candidates as many times as you need!

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