With all it’s excitement and excitement associated with planning your wedding, the day finally comes and passes more quickly than you could ever imagine. While you’ll want to cherish each moment but one thing is certain: you’ll want to keep it in your memory forever. One of the best ways to squeeze value from the effort you’ve done on your day of wedding is to make these memories real. So we’ve asked a handful of our favorite pros for their top tips for choosing the right South Wales wedding photographer for the day.
There are several aspects to take into consideration when coming up with your personal number. Once you’ve got it figured out, there are there are many ways to put it towards the services you’re in need of the most.
“The first thing I’d recommend when setting your initial budget is get into research mode! Choose a couple of wedding photographers around your area that post rates publicly on their websites, just to get a general idea of what costs and then set an appropriate starting point. Other major factors to consider could be time-frame and shot list expectations. For example, I can offer an affordable rate based on the length of hours I’ll need on the day. If you’re trying to save money, however photographs of the preparation and getting ready aspect to the wedding day is crucial to you, perhaps you’ll be willing to cut some time to capture the reception. Things like adding the second photographer will influence the final cost. You should be prepared to think about these types of decisions and discuss with your partner about the things that are important to you each other!”
Find out your style
Find not only what appeals to you today, but also what will be appealing to generations to come. The pursuit of more than just trends in photography will let you find your own personal style.
“Even for those couples that aren’t photographers I’d suggest putting together an album of your top wedding photos that you’ve seen. You can then ask yourself why you like them . Is it the editing, composition, their ability to capture emotion? Find a photographer who excels at that and then show them your collection in order to align.”
Look beyond portfolio highlights
A full gallery or two of real weddings photographers have shot can allow you to view an entire range of images from family photos to wedding detail photos.
“Look for honesty, truth and emotional connection in a photographer’s work. Consider a moment that was significant in your life. Those meaningful moments in our lives are a series of pictures in motion. A single image in our memories could be filled with intimacy, joy, fear or anxiety, as well as the “indescribable” experiences we frequently experience. If those moments that defined your life were captured by a photographer, did they capture you looking right into the camera, contemplating what to accomplish with your hands? These moments aren’t planned. They’re not staged. They are real. Honest. Raw. Not always perfect. They are motion. Movement. They are a part of an MUCH bigger picture. Like the day you got married. What do you feel resonates in you? You can look for it. I believe you’ll know it when you spot it.”
Be aware of the lighting you will need at your venues
No matter if it’s a sunny outdoor setup, low-lit, indoor ambiance, assessing the amount, quality and the timing of light at your location is essential to make the right arrangements with the photographer.
“Light is the only factor that can make or break a photo. A winter or fall wedding (where clouds are more common) will look different than a sunny, wedding in summer. If you are planning a wedding during the late afternoon (4 between 6 and 7 pm during the summertime) can be much better for lighting purposes over a midday ceremony. So my biggest advice to couples is to not hesitate to ask questions about light when talking to photographers. A true professional should be able to explain various lighting scenarios and their effects and also help couples create a timeline for their wedding to ensure the best possible lighting throughout the wedding day.”
Utilize the engagement session to run a trial
A shoot in the beginning with a photographer lets you meet in person, gauge chemistry, and see their style firsthand.
“I enjoy having an engagement session. I view it as training. Many couples aren’t accustomed to having their photo taken in a formal way, so having a mini practice session prior to the wedding allows you the chance to get used to it. It also lets me know how to best help you, determine what you are comfortable with and also makes me feel as a friend on the day of the wedding. Engagement sessions build confidence. When they receive their photos and realize that they’re beautiful and beautiful and they get a fantastic photo it is a lot easier to not be concerned about the pictures on the day of the wedding.”
Ask the difficult questions
There are a myriad of concerns to inquire about, but which ones will yield the most telling answers? To get a good feel for your photographer, here’s one you shouldn’t skip.
“‘What do you think of wedding day photography?’ It is important to not just know the photographer’s style, but the way that they shoot to get the images. They are like fly on the wall, or do they like to get right in there shooting people and creating images throughout the day? Do they take lots of candid shots and do they offer a lot of directions? The relationship you have with the photographer during your wedding day may be just as important as the final photos you receive, and this aspect should give you some information.”
You have the right to use the photos
Legal complexities and permissions around rights to wedding photos are often unclear So any clarifications you can obtain prior to signing off will be beneficial to both you and the photographer in the future time.
“For my patrons, I typically own the rights to the images which I then grant the couple or family the right to use them for personal purposes. They get high-resolution images so they are able to print and post on the internet to use for personal purposes as much as they want but the only change permitted is cropping. When using the images of a couple in a business portfolio It is best to confirm with them first. If it’s about commercial use or business use with other vendors, it just turns into a discussion, but I’m typically flexible. I look at photo permissions on an individual basis. And if you have specific requirements regarding the photos, simply ask so we can work to come up with a solution.”
Get the details to edit your timelines and deliverables
Following the last toast and a grand departure, the photographer’s work is far from being finished. Knowing what to expect in the post-production phase will aid in balancing all the anticipation and excitement to remember your most memorable day with photos.
“Our couples will receive exactly what they see on our website and nothing more. Our turnaround time in our contract is approximately 12 weeks for the delivery of their entire gallery of images that includes around 1,000 photos fully edited in color and in the black-and-white format. While we usually provide galleries within six weeks, there are photographers that can take as long as six months to deliver their galleries. Some couples receive instant downloads with high-resolution photos, and other tangible items and things to hold onto. Every package is unique, so understand exactly what you’ll receive and when you’ll know it upfront.”
Be sure to connect
You should look for a reliable, organized, friendly photographer, because that’s who will be with you.
“We have found it to be beneficial to have video chats or meetings prior to making a making the booking. It gives couples an idea what we’re like, and conversely. There’s been a lot of instances when we’ve sat down with an individual couple, and it did not feel like we’d be the ideal personality or design for their day, and that’s totally fine. You have to find an individual you are comfortable with, someone you enjoy and believe in, as we are the people you trust with your most precious memories and precious moments. Being able to work well with your photographer means you are able to let them record your day and create an experience that is not just true to the wedding, but also to their personality to be as an individual artist. It’s a win for all.”
When it comes to selecting your wedding photographer it all boils down to selecting a photographer that is in tune with your personal style and personality as a human. If you’re in a deep connection with your photographer, they’ll do a better job capturing your emotions–your happiness, your love, your stillness. Years from now the photos you take will be all you need to remember and reflect on this experience, and you’ll thank yourself often for investing in these photos.
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