DON’T CREATE YOUR PORTFOLIO ALBUMS BASED SOLELY ON YOUR “GREATEST HITS.” There is nothing more misleading regarding a photographer’s talent than looking at a sample wedding album that is a compilation of their best shots at 50 different weddings. An album such as this may be useful in understanding just how great an image you are capable of producing, but that’s really all it tells your client. Show albums that display one entire wedding from start to finish. A good wedding photographer should be able to produce a number of complete albums to show the client. Be sure and explain to your client why this is such a better way to assess your skill. Use this to separate yourself from your competitors! Tell your client that virtually anybody with a decent camera can get one great shot per wedding.
Almost all professional photographers have a web site, with a large gallery of photographs. This is an excellent way to study their work, style and creativity. If you like what you see, make an appointment to meet up with the photographer. You will be able to view sample albums, and discuss your individual requirements. It’s important to view albums containing complete weddings, not just a few hand picked images.
You may have heard that you will need to meet the photographer in person. Yes, you have to do that because you would like to know more about the photographer. You would like to ensure that he or she will be a nice person to work with.
The first thing one should consider when choosing a wedding photographer essex is recommendations from friends that have had a pleasant experience in the past. Start by asking close friends or relatives about potential photographers, and how well their expectations were met. Always ask if you can look over their wedding photographs. Take your time and look over each and every picture. Did this photographer capture joyous moments? Were the pictures clear? If everything seems to be your liking, then the next step is to call the photographer. If you have absolutely no leads from friends or family, then going to the yellow pages and wedding web sites would be the next best option.
Try to figure out what your maximum budget is and then what you’re comfortable signing at. Eliminate the photographers who are simply out of your budget. If someone is a little out of reach, it never hurts to ask; photographers may lower their asking price for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re getting married in a spectacular venue, maybe your date is one they wouldn’t otherwise fill, maybe you are the coolest couple ever. However if your ceiling is $2,000, I’d avoid emailing the photographer who starts out at $5,000. Realistically, you probably won’t get an affirmative response.
No matter whether you have a brand new flash with automatic, internal zoom or an older flash gun that has to be manually set, the goal is the same, to match the angle of flash coverage to the lens you are using.
The next part of the equation is price. Does the quality of their work match their prices? Are you getting a poor, fair or great value in the asking price? A simple way to find out the answer is to ask the candidate a few questions. What kind of equipment do they use? This includes cameras, lenses, lighting, on and off camera flashes, and editing software. If you’re having an indoor or nighttime wedding you’ll definitely want to have some lighting and at the very least a flash.
Get to know the wedding photographer first before hiring him to make sure you’ll get your money’s worth. Don’t just rely on beautiful photos, because personality also counts.