Years after your big day…when memories are fading, your children and maybe even grandchildren are here, these will be all you have to remind you of the big day.
A good wedding album isn’t just a set of photographs, its a a priceless collection of memories. A good wedding photographer knows exactly which details to capture, the laughter, the smiles, the shoes, the ring…. and combines this with his/her professional skill to provide images that are works of art in their own right…..
In case you’re wondering just how badly things could go wrong, take a look here… from Usigana.. Our Bad Wedding Photos
To help all the AWE Brides we have republished this article below from Monir Ali LBIPP, written to help couples make the right choice…
Reprinted From www.MonirAliPhotography.com
The last few months the media has been a buzz with nightmare stories from newly weds, in particular the wedding photography or rather the photographers.
During the process of your wedding planning you will at some time come across the unenviable task of choosing your wedding photographer, (if you want one).
So how do you choose ?
as a photographer, this is unbiased and objective advice from me. I have tried to relate these to the questions I get asked, and also how I manage my clients expectations.
There are literately 1000s upon 1000s of potential people who want to take your photograph.
Just type wedding photographer in google (64 million results).
So how do you cut through the chaff and find the gem that will make you happy ?
So who is right for you ? as a guestimate based on membership of some photographic organisations, there’s around 8,000 potential photographers for you to hire.
One thing to bear in mind is that the wedding photography sector is one that has been faced with a lot of challenges, the biggest one being that there has been a surge of hobbyist photographer who shoot weddings. Some are good, and some too dire to even think about it.
Identifying a good photographer is difficult, so where does one start,
70% of my clients come from recommendations. So start there, talk to work colleagues, friends see if they have had experience with their wedding photographer.
Search The Web
If none of your friends have got married recently do a web search, but be wise in your search terms, typing wedding photographer in Google will throw up over 62 million items.
Be more precise “Asian wedding photographer Manchester” or even name your venue, this way the potential photographic suitor will have worked there too “ Asian wedding photographer Capesthorne Hall”.
Check The Portfolio
Have a good look at the photos, search around the galleries, have a look at their blog.
Look for Range
Here’s the cool part, all photographers, myself included will dazzle you with the pick of the crop, the bride and groom shots. But does the photo gallery have more from the day. Are there group shots, reportage, candid.
Make A Shortlist, Go and See Them
Shortlist your photographers, go and see them, and make sure you have a look at a complete wedding, and not just the best shots he /she wants you to see.
If he /she cant show you a full wedding WALK AWAY.
Key Questions to ask:
- Do you have any formal training as a photographer?
- Do you have any qualifications as a photographer?
- Are you a qualified member of a professional organisation?
- (This is a tricky one as there are a lot of organisations out there, and some you organisations all you need to do to be a member is pay a fee. If they are a qualified member then this has merit, being a member of a particular organisation does not make them a professional photographer.
- Are you full time photographer? (this will effect how much you pay them
- Can you show me a full wedding album?
- Do you have Public liability and professional indemnity insurance
- Do you spend time on Continuing Professional Development
- How many weddings have you covered?
- What is your style of photography ? (this will effect your ultimate choice as if their style is not what your looking for, this will create issues)
The rule of thumb is if they can answer yes to the first 7 questions then they should be in top of your shortlist, the other factors then become subjective choices.
How much should I pay?
That totally depends on your viewpoint of the value you place on your wedding memories. Its hard to say what an average price should be, as a business.
I know what my costs are to run the business, and that is taken into account when we price each wedding. But consider what else you are spending on then make an informed judgement.
For example, if your spending £300 on a wedding car to take you to the venue from home, a journey which is 45 mins, then can you justify paying a professional full-time photographer to cover your entire wedding day for £300 and then provide you with an album?
Ultimately the final choice of photographer is dependant on a lot of factors, ask the right question, look at the right work and see if you get on with them personally,
if you don’t then don’t book him or her even if they are cheap.
This article has been re-posted from MonirAliPhotography.com .
Reprinted here as a useful guide for AWE visitors ,
Article by Monir Ali LBIPP of moniraliphotography.com
LBIPP ? Licentiate of British Institute of Professional Photographers