Wedding Photographer Melbourne – The Importance Of Hiring The Right Photographer
Many couples get so caught up with planning all the details of their special day such as the cake, wedding flowers, wedding dress and presents for the wedding party. They often overlook the importance of selecting the right Wedding Photographer Melbourne.
The same goes for DJ’s. Many couples overlook the importance of hiring a good wedding DJ & MC, which is needed to entertain all your guests. Finding the right wedding supplier for your wedding is as important as any other preparations.
With that said, it’s certainly important to remember that the photographer you choose will be responsible for capturing the special moments and memories for one of the most important days of your life! With this in mind, you’ll want to take great care in selecting your Wedding Photographer Melbourne – you will not get a second chance to have your wedding.
As you might imagine, wedding photography is one of the most challenging types of professional photography. It is the job of the wedding photographer to make everyone look beautiful, shooting in many different locations in all kinds of weather conditions and achieving all this in short amount of time.
At the same time, your wedding photographer should have the personality to complement you on what should be one of the happiest days. Take your time & follow some of the simple suggestions – you will most certainly be satisfied with the outcome.
Where Do You Begin?
Personal references or asking mates, family or people you work with for suggestions, is a great place to start. Typically, people who have had positive experiences with photographers are more than willing to share that information. In addition, you’ll already have some insight about the photographer’s personality, so check out there website & read through the reviews.
In fact, if a review looks appealing to you, chances are that photographer might be a good match. The next step is to call or email each photographer on your list. Through this initial contact, you can determine the photographer’s availability, the type of work they specialise in (candid or traditional), as well as an estimate of the cost & what value you get for your money.
Schedule consultations with the photographers who fit what you are looking for and ask to view their portfolios in person. Ask each of them to show you a complete portfolio of a single wedding, this will give you a much better idea of what you can expect.
Pay attention to whether the photographer is adept at portraying individual expressions and personalities. Ideally, these meetings should include the happy couple. If possible, include family members at a second consultation, since you will all be interacting with the photographer.
What Questions Should You Ask?
Be sure to write down all of your questions before you see your Wedding Photographer Melbourne and take notes during the meetings. Although most professional photographers will provide you with a clear outline of their services & fees prior to your meeting, you will, in all likelihood, still have a large number of questions you want to ask. Remember, the more information you have, the more confident & relaxed you’ll feel on your wedding day.
Below are a list of questions you might consider asking your shortlisted Wedding Photographer Melbourne.
- Will you help me choose the final pictures?
- How will you make it easy for friends & family to order photos?
- What are the costs of the various packages you have?
- What is your photography style; photojournalistic, traditional, mixed, etc.?
- How much for duplicate prints, albums, folios, enlargements, thank you cards, etc.?
- How long will it take to have the final product ready?
- How long have you been a photographer for?
- What kind of guarantee comes with me hiring you?
- Will you be working with an assistant on the wedding day?
- Do you have travel fees?
- How much do you charge for overtime?
- What do you plan to do at my wedding to make my wedding photographs unique & personal to me?
- Do you have a backup equipment in case something goes wrong?
- Will you be shooting my pictures personally?
- What’s your payment policy?
Making a Commitment
At this point, you should have a relatively clear idea of which Wedding Photographer Melbourne is best suited to capture your wedding day memories. Once you have made a decision, be prepared to leave a deposit to secure the date. You may still wish to reassure yourself by asking about a few final details.
For example, find out what the photographer’s policy for wedding date changes is and what the alternatives are if he or she is not available on the day. If you feel the photographer is right for you, then relax and make the commitment with the confidence that you’ve made a well informed, intelligent decision in planning the most special day of your life.
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