Choosing a wedding photographer
You must feel comfortable with your photographer and confident in there ability as they are going to photograph one of the most important days of your life.
When choosing a photographer you should choose someone who produces photographs in a style you like. Do your research in bridal magazines and web searches, once you know what you want you can pick a short list of photographers to chat to.
Always ask to view a complete wedding album from a recent wedding, and not just look at the photographers best photos.
A photographer who is a member of a professional photographic organisation such as the NZIPP will be able to produce work to a high standard in any situation.
Wedding photography isn?t the cheapest part of the wedding with prices ranging from $500 to $10,000, but you get what you pay for. If you want to make a few savings here my advice is to take the album out of the package or go for a cheaper magazine style album. If you have your heart set on a fine leather album from Queensberry, you might be able to postpone this cost till later. The important thing is to get the photography right, there is no second chance with this.
If your photographer is still using film, they won?t have the advantages and flexibility that digital technology gives, you should definitely ask lots of questions about the amount of pictures and how they will cover the day.
If you find a photography company you like, make sure you know who will be taking the photographs on the day, many companies have several photographers and even subcontract the photography out in some cases.
Make sure you leave enough time for your photography, formal shots can take anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the number of these you want and how cooperative your guests are. An MC or toastmaster can really help move things along here, if you don?t have one then consider drafting the best man to help usher people into the photos.
Have a backup plan, the weather doesn?t always cooperate so having an indoor option can prove a life saver.
Finally and most importantly, try to relax and enjoy your day. It will show in the photographs if you?re having a good time.