“Experience teaches Wisdom.” “The Old Broom knows the corners.” These are some clichés that emphasize the value of experience. In choosing your photographer, you will want to know how experienced and reputable the studio is. An experienced photographer, besides having the camera and interpersonal skills, will most likely be familiar with most of the churches, locations, reception halls, as well as other professionals in the area.
Check out the number of photos and prices of each package carefully. Are the proofs, finished albums and negatives included? Do you have to pay extra for proofs, finished albums and negatives? In choosing your photographer, make sure you compare prices, item by item.
Packages are usually different from photographer to photographer. Try converting the package of one photographer to that of another. Do not go by the “face” value of packages.
Wedding Photography is just another kind of Photojournalism. It is a journalistic or story book account of the events of your Wedding Day. A Photographer who starts at both the Bride’s as well as the Groom’s house and stays to the very end of your Wedding will most likely capture complete story of your Wedding Day.
Your proofs should be ready for viewing within two to three weeks after your wedding day. So, by the time you return from having all that fun on your Honeymoon, you should be able to recap all the fun you had on your wedding day.
Depending on the manufacturer of the finished album and the lab who does the processing, Finished albums should be ready between four to eight weeks after placing the final order.
“It is always better to be safe rather than be sorry” This is another old cliché that applies to Wedding Photography.
Although reputable photographers invest in state of the art equipment, there is no such thing as a perfect world and professional photographic equipment is not immune to failure. Make sure your photographer does not only carry an extra camera, but an extra flash, extra batteries, and an extra of every accessory that he uses, including flash and battery cables.
They say things sometimes happen, and sometimes things happen. Anything can happen at your wedding. The kids or even grown-ups could trip over the photographer’s equipment and get hurt. As most photographers carry back-up equipment, it is very unlikely that all your photographs could be lost due to equipment failure. “But, one never knows”. Always check to see if your photographer carries liability insurance. Some reception halls will not even allow photographers to work without liability insurance.
“Bigger does not always means better”. But in the case of film format, it does. Medium format film is recommended over 35mm because of the larger negative size (usually 2.7 to 4.0 times as large as 35mm). With a larger negative, your photographs will be a lot sharper, clearer and of a higher quality. Some photographers need the 35mm format to shoot candids as 35mm cameras are easier to use. A highly skilled photographer can use either format to shoot both formals and candids, and so maintain a uniform quality of photographs throughout your entire album.
Black and White photographs are slowly creeping back into Wedding Photography. Some photographers prefer to use only color film to make both Black and White as well as Color photographs. This is acceptable provided that the reprints are not too large ( eg. 11X14 and larger, depending on the film speed.) Large Black and White photographs from a color negative tend to be grainy. So, if you need a large Black and White photograph for your living room, or elsewhere, tell your photographer to use Black and White film.
The Photography of the future is now here to stay and is getting better day by day. Digital Cameras are now ready for the Wedding Business. The resolution of photographs from Digital Cameras has not only caught up with the resolution from Conventional Film Cameras, but will surpass them in the very near future. Digital Cameras are also a lot more versatile than Film Cameras. With a Digital Camera it is easier to upload the photographs to your PC and e-mail them to your friends and relatives as well as uploading them on to a web site. You can also scan your negatives or photos from a conventional film camera into your PC and e-mail them as well as uploading them to a web site.
If your Photographer uses a Digital Camera, make sure all the Image Files containing your wedding photographs are backed up as soon as possible after shooting. Photographs printed from a Digital Camera may not last as long as conventional Photographs printed from Film. Make sure your Photographer gives you a CD-Rom with the Image Files of all the Photographs taken at your wedding.
Is two always better than one? An assistant assists the photographer and is not necessarily a back-up photographer. Most studios will not likely use two well trained photographers to shoot the same wedding. As assistant is useful in helping the photographer to carry the equipment, load the camera, hold the lights, adjust the bride’s gown, etc. Many photographers can get by without an assistant, but they need to be well organized. Remember that you will have to pay extra for an assistant, and most likely for an extra meal as well.