So you are getting married and there are so many things to do.
You have the hall, your dress, flowers, and invitations and now
it comes time to hire your photographer.
After doing some research on the web and hanging out on different
wedding sites I have found that most brides are looking for
more or less the same things. What follows is sort of a wish
list of things couples want from their wedding photographer.
10. Negatives - One thing that couples want these days is
the opportunity to purchase or have included in their package
the option to buy the negatives or (in the case of digital)
the digital files. Many couples feel that they should be able
to make as many re-prints as they would like, whenever they
want. While many photographers do offer their negatives, many
do not and feel that the labs that they use will be able to
give a higher quality print rather than just taking a negative
to the local drug store for printing. In addition, many photographers
will sell their negatives after a certain amount of time, for
example a year after your wedding date.
9. Black and White - Everything old is new again. Almost all
couples want a mixture of color and black and white. Black
and white gives that photojournalistic look to a photograph
as well as a fine art look. If your photographer is shooting
digital, any photograph can be converted to black and white.
If your photographer is shooting film then most likely they
will be shooting with B&W and color film separately.
8. Unlimited Time - When hiring a photographer couples like
to have the security of someone who will be with them to capture
all of the wedding moments. Having unlimited time can give
you the peace of mind to know that those moments will be captured.
7. Experience - Does your photographer have the necessary
experience to handle the stresses of wedding photography? There
are many things going on at once during a wedding. The experienced
photographer knows how to bring everything together and in
an orderly fashion.
6. Price - This can vary a lot and price was not the main criteria
in choosing a photographer. Prices can range from several hundred
dollars to over $10,000. At the low end are usually people
who do wedding photography part time. In wedding photography,
you usually get what you pay for. As you go up in price, so
does the art of wedding photography.
5. Professional - Being a professional means many different
things to different people. Those photographers who didn't
respond in a timely manner and/or who were rude (and amazingly,
some are) were axed off the potential list immediately. Being
professional also meant that couples wanted to know the photographers'
style and philosophy. Things that also bothered couples: rudeness,
disorganization, insulting comments about other brides or photographers
and other unprofessional comments.
4. Flexibility - Brides put flexibility high on their list.
To most flexibility is key. They said, packages are nice, but
a photographer that refuses to be flexible is not going to
get very far with brides. Brides also commented that photographers
get caught up in the OLD way of doing things, and never change
with the times. Again, this relates to being flexible.
3. Style/Approach - Today couples are looking for something
different; artsy photojournalism, not the same cheesy photos.
Brides are drawn to photographers who have developed their
own unique (but consistent) artistic style/approach. Details
are very important to brides. They appreciate a photographer
who focuses on details.
2. Personality - What can you really say about this. It is
obvious. When you spend upwards of 10 hours with someone on
an important day like your wedding you had better clique. Brides
often said that they just knew when they met their photographer
that they were right for each other.
1. Listen - And the number 1 thing that kept on coming up
was that brides wanted from their photographer was that they
LISTEN. This means that a photographer really heard what a
bride said before they stated speaking about the next topic.
This is really important because it is the ability to understand
what a client wants that will make a photographer really deliver
what a bride is expecting.
So there you have the top ten. When you go shopping for a photographer
see how he/she measures up in each of the categories listed
here. Remember, your wedding is a once in a lifetime event.
Take your time, enjoy the process and you will find the perfect
photographer for you.
Authors Name: Jack Saady
Company: JBS Photography