- Post processing & album delivery ‘takes time’:
There is a lot of effort involved in creating the final art piece! Your photographer must select the best images from thousands, color correct them, use signature edits and set them up chronologically to create a meaningful, stunning, wedding story and album. Mark my words- it’s worth waiting for! Make sure to know how much time does the photographer take to deliver the data.
2) Meeting the Photographer & knowing his shooting style :
Each photographer has his own style and approach. Their work talks about their personality. Their images are a reflection of their approach. Be it traditional, classic or photojournalistic. A traditional photographer focuses more on posed shots than capturing candid moments. The photographer with photojournalistic approach will never ask you to pose. He will click candid moods, and a classic photographer follows a blend of the two styles. Opt for the one you believe is a perfect match with your persona and expectations.
3) Who is the ‘lead’ photographer: A lot of photographers have studios and (mostly very talented) staff/partners so they can cover multiple events on the same day, simultaneously. You need to know whether the main photographer will be covering your wedding.
4) Prioritize Quality over the Quantity.
Couples often do this mistake of overthinking about the number of photos to be placed in their wedding album. And what would be the result? Quality will definitely get compromise. To avoid being so fussy about the number of photos, but say yes to quality. After all, your album is not supposed to be a replica of your wedding day. It should be a keepsake of the best moments you had on your special day. Hence, choose your photographer after thorough research and checking his/her latest work.
5) Equipment & Cameras. The outcome and quality of your photographs depends largely on the cameras that the photographers shoot with. Some specialized cameras commonly used are Canon 5d mark 3,4 Canon 6d, Nikon d750, Nikon d810, Sony A7 III, DJI Phantom 3 and DJI Inspire for aerial videos. Make sure the photographs are shot and edited with user friendly softwares, in compatible formats for your future use.
6) Hire an artist, not an hobbyist.
Relying on a ‘friend’ or ‘a ‘relative’ for getting those priceless candid wedding shots is a huge risk! Shooting a wedding takes professional ethic, skill, time, effort and even objectivity. Not to mention the planning and all the processing work post the wedding. A friend or relative will not be able to enjoy the wedding from behind the camera (not to mention the fact that he/she will be in NONE of the photographs cos he/she is taking them.) Also, you’re expecting quality images from hours and hours of celebrations.
There is NO TAKE 2 at the wedding. A moment lost is a moment lost forever. The professional, calm eye of the wedding photographer who can adapt to random situations, candid moments and who has invested in skill, equipment and photo-technology to make sure the wedding pictures are the best quality is needed.
Photography is an ‘art’ and owning a camera does not make anyone an ‘artist’!
7) Hidden Clauses & Terms & Conditions. A contract is an agreement that you sign with the photographer to formalize the expectations of both the parties. Make sure that all details regarding the ceremony shoot are covered to avoid later confusion. The contract includes details like the date and time of the shoot, the rights that the photographer will retain on the photos, the fee or the security deposits etc.
8) Sign a legal contract or agreement: Whatever you discuss with your photographer, make sure that you put them down in papers. This will help you if there is an issue at a later stage. The legal agreement should say the number of hours of work, number of images, delivery time, number of people in the photography team, ownership of the images, payment procedures and related terms, and more!