Your wedding photographs are one of the most important records of your wedding day. The right photographer can in fact ensure that your photographs look great, and help refresh your memory of that happy day years from today. However, a bad or mediocre photographer will not just ruin your photographs he or she will ensure that you’ll not show because you’re embarrassed with the results. So, it pays to invest some time and effort when it comes to hiring a true professional for the job.
Hiring a professional wedding photographer goes well beyond just hiring the most expensive one around. Expensive photographers are not necessarily the best, many photographers just price their services and base themselves in expensive areas of the city to come across as being “high class”. Below we look at some of the most common mistakes people make when hiring a photographer for their wedding.
Mistake no. 1: Not checking out the photographer’s portfolio
This is one of the most common mistakes made by the wedding couple. They rarely ask the wedding photographer to show recent photographs they have taken. Many times if they are searching online they’ll just view the online portfolio of the photographer and book their services directly from the website. The problem with this approach is that despite your friends and family members recommending a particular service you still never know what to expect. Many large services often have more than one professional photographer working for them so it’s important to ask who will be covering your wedding and to show his or her particular portfolio.
Mistake no. 2: No comparison shopping
Many couples just base their decision to hire a particular photographer on what their friends and family recommend. Even though the couple may take the time out to look at the photographer’s portfolio but they will not visit other competing photographers and get a competing quote. The end result is that they could have gotten a much better photographer and for a few dollars less had they done some comparison shopping. Make it a point to visit half a dozen professionals in your area prior to making your decision. The best price to quality service should get your business.
Mistake no. 3: Hiring a photographer that doubles as a wedding videographer
Most professional wedding photographers only specialize in still photography but they will never double as a videographer. There are some services that offer both videography and still photography services but the problem with them is that their quality on either of those services leaves a lot to be desired. If you are looking to save money and quality is not a big concern only then should you hire a service like this. Otherwise it is best to hire a videographer who specializes in wedding videography and the same goes for a photographer.
Mistake no. 4: Not asking the photographer probing questions
Many couples never ask a photographer important questions pertaining to the service. There are wedding photographers who are not flexible with the number of hours they work, the breaks they take and even if there is travel involved which you currently do not know of. So, you need to ask the photographer the following questions:
- What will you charge if you have to work two or three extra hours because of a delay?
- What will you charge to travel to another city?
- What will it cost me if I cancel?
- What happens if you become sick on my wedding day? Who will replace you?
- How many years have you been a photographer for?
- Do you only do weddings?
All the questions above will give you a fairly good idea as to what you can expect from the service. It is best to draft a questionnaire and take it along just so that you do not miss out on something important.
Mistake no. 5: Hiring a photographer that uses the newest camera
Many wedding photographers will advertise that they are using the latest $3000 camera that offers 24mp etc. However, even though the latest camera does mean that the photographers will be a touch better it does not make up for the experience of a photographer. Some professionals can end up getting excellent results from a four year old camera. So, the price of the camera has nothing to do with the results you get.