Today, there are many studios that specialize in event photography. They range from small one-man home studios to multiple franchise-type operations. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and both range greatly in price.
Your first decision to be made is if you want an individual photographer or a larger multi-photographer studio to actually photograph your wedding. Here are some of the important tips to help make sure you get the perfect wedding photos.
Schedule your engagement photos in time to send to the newspapers you want to be announced in. Keep in mind that larger city newspapers may take longer to publish your announcement than smaller cities, so be sure to plan enough in advance.
In the months leading up to your wedding, as you are flipping through bridal magazines and going to bridal shows, note wedding pictures that you see that you like.
Begin creating a “shot list” for your photographer for the “must-have” pictures you want taken on your special day. It’ll be one less thing to worry about, and your photographer will know exactly what pictures you want (in addition to the other pictures your photographer will take throughout the day).
Add your photographer to the invitation list, so they receive the invite in the mail and know the address of the wedding and reception location.Your photographer will also be able to take a picture of your invitation in advance (one less thing to worry about on your wedding day).
Send your photographer your wedding day schedule. What time will you begin getting ready, and where? Send them your wedding coordinator’s contact information, and any other pertinent information including maps and parking.
This will ensure the photographer is always at the right place, at the right time.Schedule as many photos as possible with family and your bridal party before the wedding. Let your family know what time to be at the wedding location for these photos.
If you wait until after the wedding, it may take too long, and everyone will be rushed. Use the time after the wedding to get pictures of you and the groom. One reason you may opt for hiring the independent photographer is that they are known to put personal care and attention to detail into their work.
However, this is not guaranteed to be the case. The best reason to have a one-man operation shoot your wedding would be because a friend referred him or her and you love his/her work.
If a friend or family member did not refer this photographer for you, check for references or online reviews. It is extremely important that you make sure the photographer has backup equipment and a backup photographer in case something unforeseen comes up and at the last minute the photographer cannot make it to your wedding.
It is very important that you read the contract to make sure that you will get all your money back in the case that no photographer ends up showing up. The main advantage of hiring a larger, multiple photographer type studios to shoot your wedding security.
They usually guarantee a substitute photographer in case something happens to your assigned photographer and should always guarantee that their photographers carry backup equipment.