Questions to Ask Yourself and Your Potential Wedding Photographer

The following is a list of questions and ideas to help you choose your photographer. It is somewhat in order of importance, however varies to some degree.

1. Quality

The most important thing to think about when choosing a photographer is the quality. If you don’t like the work, then there is no reason to go any further. Quality includes many things. Does the work contain sharp images, correct exposure, non-blurry content, proper coloring, and the best cropping? Do the photos offer the best angle? Is their any variation in shots? Do they photograph everything? Is the content of the photographer’s pictures a style you like? This leads to the second suggestion.

2. Style

This can be included with quality. However, it puts more effort in considering the subject matter of the photos. Are the photos candid, are they posed, or are they photojournalistic? There are generally two types of wedding photography. One, being traditional, and the other photojournalism. Trends today are going to photojournalism, however that is a preference. I would suggest someone who tends to do both.

3. Do you like the photographer’s personality?

Personality is very important. If you do not gel well with the photographer, then there can be issues when taking photos. You need a photographer who can take command at times, but also step back behind the scenes as well. Also, is the photographer humorous? If they can’t make you smile, then all your pictures will have a frown.

4. What equipment do they have?

This is not a question of what brand name do they use. It is a question on what do they have. Do they have professional grade DLSR equipment? Or do they have a $600 camera? Correct camera equipment can cost tens of thousands of dollars. They all should have a least one back up camera. All photographers should have back up batteries, and back up flash drives. Photographers should have an external flash, if not more than one. They should have tripods and reflectors. The most important thing in their equipment, and yes I said most important, is their lenses. A great photographer can produce great images with a decent lens on most consumer cameras. Add a professional camera, and you get better images. Of course if you like fish-eye effects, and other effects then they will need those lenses as well. Most people forget about the computer. Many effects you see in photos are done on a computer. If they don’t have a decent computer and computer software, then how are they going to offer you the best results? Also, ask if they have a calibrated monitor, as that is an important issue when printing your photos.

5. What does the photographer offer?  photographer Belfast

If the photographer doesn’t offer anything other than a CD, they maybe not be your best bet. Make sure they offer albums, print photographs, or have other things you may be interested in. A photographer who knows how to print is going to give you better photographs. It is plane and simple because output is as important than just a cd of pictures. Just because you have pictures does not mean the photos are calibrated correctly.

6. What experience do they have?

Many people will suggest that experience is one of the most important things. I tend to say that it less important. I have 5 years of wedding photography experience, with years of film experience. When I got into wedding photography, digital was fairly recent. A few years prior film was the norm. So a photographer with 20 years of experience is irrelevant. If a film photographer hasn’t grasped the digital age well, then you may not want them to photograph your wedding. Also, I am a proponent of new talent. There are a lot of photographers who are new and are far better then many who are out there for years. Why? Many trends exist in photography. If you are new to the scene, often times you are immersed in those trends. Some photographers stay with the old trends and may not know about new styles, or even new equipment. The down side of someone who is new is that they don’t have a reputation of reproducing great images. They may have great images, but can they continue to produce great images? That is something that you will have to weigh cost verses


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