Choosing a wedding photographer can be a daunting process however these five top tips will give you something to consider when making your decision.
Wedding Bell is an established wedding planning and management company in Kolkata with years of experience in organizing some very successful wedding events in the city. The following are their recommendations in choosing the right photographer.
- Image quality & style
The quality of a photographer’s portfolio should be the first thing that captures your attention. A good photographer should be able to offer clients a variety of styles, capturing the personalities of the bride and groom and showcasing the happiness and fun of the day. Be clear on what style you would like and make sure the photographer can provide this in their portfolio.
The style of the images should say something about you both as a couple. Whether you are looking for relaxed and informal photography or you would like to go for a more adventurous and contemporary style, be sure to do your homework and shop around.
As a bride and groom, you put a lot of trust and faith in your wedding photographer. In order to get the best images and a true account of the most important day of your life, it is imperative that you feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence.
Also, think of your guests. If the hired wedding photographer is approachable, friendly and down to earth, your guests will be at ease allowing the photographer to blend in and capture the day as it naturally unfolds rather than a forced and posed account.
- Value for money & cost
This can often be a deciding factor for a lot of brides and grooms and although it is a vital element, it should not be the basis for your decision. High-end prices do not always guarantee the highest quality but likewise, reasonable pricing does not always depict low quality.
A photographer should be open about their pricing structures and in turn, you should be clear on your budget. Your photographer should offer a variety of packages to suit all and should always be flexible with pricing and what is included within each package.
- Experience of the photographer
The experience a photographer has will play a large part in the organization and structure of the day. I am sure many photographers will agree that they have often played the role of coordinator, photographer, master of ceremonies and children’s entertainer. Taking the photos is just a small part of being a wedding photographer and without the necessary experience and the ability to perform under constant pressure important moments can be easily missed.
Ensure you ask how many weddings they have covered since they began operating and how long they have been in the business. This doesn’t mean that they are any less capable if they have only been on the job for a short period of time but will give you a good idea of experience gained. Similarly, if a photographer has been in the business for years and has experience in abundance, you may want to check that their style has moved with the times and will meet the expectations of a modern day bride and groom.
- Recommendations from the wedding planner
Your wedding planner’s experience should be invaluable here. If your friends and family have been happy with the quality of the service and work of a particular photographer then chances are, you will be too. Again, this should not be the main reason for your choice but should be the final piece of the jigsaw. In case you are at a dilemma in fixing the right photographer, your wedding planner should provide you with the most suitable one.
As a renowned wedding and event management company in Kolkata, Wedding Bell helps their clients in having the best outcome in the entire wedding plan, photography being an essential and vital part of the service.
Speak to your friends about their experiences with their wedding photographer and try to make use of tips and advice from those who have organized their own weddings. A good photographer will always be able to give you a testimonial from previous clients upon request or even provide you with contact details should you wish to hear from them directly.
In conclusion, these top 5 tips should not be considered to be in any order of importance. Each point is as important as the next and when choosing the right wedding photographer for you, a combination of all of these factors should be used as a basis for your decision.