These days, having great wedding photography has become the norm. Couples are going big when it comes to ensuring that their wedding photos are worthy of a social media post.
Wedding photography is a business that’s not for the faint-hearted. Aside from meeting huge expectations from couples, wedding photographers are obliged to work really hard to meet these expectations. I’m talking about making your dream wedding come true in photographs. We’d like to give you the results that your friends would talk about after.
When expectations don’t line up well, it all ends in disappointments on both sides. Not to worry though, I’m here to help you find and choose the best wedding photographer that your style and budget can work with.
Here are 5 tips for hiring a wedding photographer, especially in Cebu City:
1. Know Your Priorities
Is your wedding photography a high priority on your wedding day? This is something that you and your partner must figure out and discuss. If it isn’t one of your biggest priorities, then it will show on your photographs.
When you know and decide as a couple that your wedding photographs must be great ones, then hiring a professional wedding photographer must be on top of your mind among other important things when planning one of the biggest days of your life.
2. Review your Budget
Before starting your search, you and your partner must take a look at your budget first. Most of the time, couples make the budget as the deciding factor when choosing a photographer.
Ask yourselves how much roughly you’ll be willing to pay for a wedding photographer. Different wedding photographers have different packages, so you are sure to find someone who will fit your budget.
3. Research Well
This tip is probably the most obvious, but you’d be surprised to know that a lot of couples don’t perform basic research into wedding photographers before hiring one. It’s very well known that not all wedding photographers are created equal, whether you’re talking about budget, service, or style.
Find a photographer whose work not only suits your style but meets your budget as well. Spend some time reviewing your prospects’ portfolio and take note of their wedding photography packages. Talk with your partner about which style of photography you’d want to look at fifty years from now, and which photographers can carry it out without burning a hole in your pocket.
4. Manage Expectations
I can’t stress this enough. The outcome of your wedding photos might not turn out the way it turned out for the couple who previously availed your chosen photographer’s services. Remember that you can’t precisely replicate someone else’s wedding photos. Different factors can play out that could affect the results, such as the set up of your wedding, location, lighting, and details.
If you’re considering a photographer because of their bright, dreamy photographs, but your wedding falls on a rainy or gloomy day, know that your photographs will not be the same- no matter how good your photographer is.
5. Sign the Contract
When hiring a professional photographer, you are expected to sign a contract. A professional has a standard contract that can be tweaked based on your specific requirements. Make sure that before you sign on the dotted line, you’ve already discussed all the nitty gritty details, such as when the photographer must arrive and leave or the specific people you want to be photographed with on the day.
Generally, there are a lot of things that can be included in the contract, such as the timeframe when you can expect to see the wedding photographs, payment terms, and other conditions of the service.
Know that a lot of wedding photographers will give sneak peek photographs a few days after the wedding (usually on the website or on social media), and then the full set of photos at a later date (delivered on DVD, USB, prints or photobook). Ask your photographer how you’ll receive the photographs, as this will be included in your contract.
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