Engaged and getting married is an amazing experience Maui photographers. It is a day filled with feeling, joy, happiness and sometimes a little sadness when family members or friend who is no longer with us is not there to share with you our wedding ceremony.
As professional wedding photographers we know how stressful arranging your big day can be. With so many professional photographers around, where do you start? What do you need to know when buying a wedding shooter? With prices ranging from a few hundred pounds to many thousands, how do you know if they are right for you?
It is a reality of life that with the arrival of digital camera models, many people now call themselves a “photographer”. Over recent years there’s been an exploding market of men and women offering their services as wedding photographers, many of who have never received any training, have no insurance, do not use professional equipment , nor have sufficient backups in place to plan for any eventuality.
A professional shooter will have all of the above and this post is a quick “Help Guide” to the things to look for and the questions we recommend you ask when choosing a wedding shooter. Grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy. This is not a definitive guide, only one general summary of what to look for.
Buying a Shooter:
Personal Recommendations: Have you been to a wedding recently? What did your friends think of their shooter? As a Yorkshire wedding shooter the majority of our clients come from personal recommendations from either Bride and Grooms who have used us, or from Venues that know the standard of the work we produce and the fantastic affordable we offer.
Google And other Search engines:
A quick search on any of the major search engines will produce a mind numbing amount of choices. For example, if you type into Google the keyword phrases “Wedding Photographer” it will return millions results. Simply going through each result would take you years, so as a general rule of thumb, stick with those on page 1 or page 2. The reason for this is simple: If they are on page a couple chances are they have taken the time to ensure that their website is well designed, optimised and placed, to ensure that their products are easy to find for prospective Bride and Grooms.
Choosing a Shooter
As soon as you made our minds up on a date, have reserved your wedding venue and received confirmation then book all the other services required for your big day as quickly as possible. Leaving it to the eleventh hour to book your wedding shooter is not a good idea.
Many Bride and Grooms start looking for their shooter the day they get engaged.
The first thing to do is look at a professional photographers website but try not to be tricked into thinking this is the be all and end all. Always concentrate on the images and not the website design. These days for a few hundred pounds you can have a real classy looking website designed. Truly appreciate that a website only shows the content that the shooter WANTS you to see. You will only generally see the best images, the ones they want to use to showcase their abilities so take a good look around the website. Have a look and see how many different weddings you can see. If there is just a few, have they only photographed a few weddings? Also how much information does the shooter give you? Are they up front about their prices or is it necessary to go in and see them to find out how much they charge? Do this helps you specific detailed information about their services?
Also be VERY cautious if they say they are a member of a “Professional Trade Organisation”. Some trade establishments only require professional photographers to pay an annual ongoing fee to join then allow the shooter to use the Establishments art logos on their website. Indeed some establishments have absolutely no joining requirements, you do not get to own a camera and your Gran, who has no idea about photography, could join if she wanted. Do your homework to see Trade Establishments carefully as they are not all the same.
Some are for full time professionals only and Members must undergo evaluation, evaluation and have insurance documents checked, others simply let you pay a nominal amount and declare you to be a “Professional Photographer”. Remember that the photography industry is not regulated and anyone can claim to be a “photographer”.