The Best Tips For Hiring A Wedding Photographer

wedding photographyIt is not uncommon to hear of the horror stories from brides about wedding photographers. Wedding photography is a very challenging business. Couples often have a very high expectation for their wedding photos, and most photographers work hard to meet these expectations. However it is common for wedding photographers to feel as though they are running a marathon the day they are shooting a wedding.

The good news is that your wedding day photos do not have to be disastrous. There are several tips that you can follow when you are ready to hire a wedding photographer.

Have Your Priorities in Order

One of the first things that you and your spouse need to do is decide how much of a priority wedding photographs is to the two of you. If you are working with a small budget and you are not overly concerned with about photographs, you can choose a relatively good photographer. However, if you have a large budget for photographs because you want your memories captured in the best way possible, you will need to be prepared to have the money to pay for one of the best wedding photographers in your area.

Your Budget

As previously stated, your budget will play a major role in the type of wedding photographer you eventually hire. This means that you will need to have an estimate as to how much you can afford to pay the photographer.

Be aware that the average wedding photographer in the United States charges a minimum of $2300. Those who offer personalized or premium services may charge more. With a few exceptions, most wedding photographers will not be willing to negotiate their rates.

Comparison Shop

This may sound very obvious, but it is important to do a little comparison shopping before you decide on a photographer. It is important that you keep in mind that there are no two wedding photographers who are alike.

You should spend some time reviewing the portfolios of photographers who are in your area. Create some notes of things that you like about each portfolio, and the things that you did not like. Do you prefer natural light, or do you want shadows?

Would you prefer posed photos or candid photos? Speak with your partner about what you are looking for and choose wisely. These are the pictures you will be looking at fifty years from now.

Keep Expectations in Check

You will not be able to recreate anyone else’s photographs even if hire the same wedding photographer. It is best to stay realistic, and realize that many factors can affect the quality of your photographs. For example, if you want a lot of light but your wedding is in December, your pictures may not come out as expected.

Meet and Sign

Schedule a meeting with the photographer you are interested in to determine if he or she will be a good fit. If you cannot meet in person, choose Skype or at least speak with them on the phone. Emails are impersonal and you will not get a sense of whether or not you will feel comfortable working with them.

You should only sign a contract after you have thoroughly read it over, and it is based on your specific needs.

These are some of the tips that you can follow when hiring a wedding photographer. Consider what you want your photos to say about your special day when choosing a photographer.

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When Opening Up a Wedding Photography Business

wedding photography businessAlthough it may be quite admirable that you are facing the challenge head on the moment you decided that you are taking up wedding photography professionally and seriously considering it as a lucrative source of income, you have to weigh the pros against the cons. Like with most major decisions, you can’t just make it based off of gut instincts. If you’re an adult living a real adult life on your own and having your basic necessities such as rent, sustenance, among other things to pay for, you can’t just wake up one morning and say “Hey, I think I’ll be a full time wedding photographer today and start my business, pronto!”.

One good idea to keep in mind is to have a full time and well paying job while you are slowly building up your business on the side. This is to keep you grounded and more importantly, this is to make sure that your cash flow does not dry up. By doing it this way, you will get to avoid getting desperate during moments when you’re barely scraping by – which is most likely to happen especially if you’re still starting out professionally. So keep working, save a lot, and continue to do everything you’re probably doing now before you took up the idea of going professional with your wedding photography until such time that you become well known and established enough for you to leave everything and start doing your photography full time.

Do not be afraid of rejection

Keep in mind that every time that a client rejects you, it isn’t anything personal. There is no need for you to take it out of context or for you take it the wrong way. Getting clients really is more of a numbers game. You bump up the ratio of the contacts you touch up on, and you will most likely get to close someone one way or the other. Constantly work on your presentation and how you pitch yourself and your services. Rejections teach you what you might have done wrong and you will eventually get to realize the avenues that you will need to improve upon until your next pitch and get together with another prospective client.

Dress the part

If you want to be an up and coming swanky wedding photographer and entrepreneur, you have to look the part. Make an effort to seriously look your best every time you step out of your front door and even more so when you are meeting any clients. Remember that you are initially assessed based on the way you look so how you compose yourself is an extremely important formula in the whole package.

Pay close attention to details, especially to the fine print

Never sign a contract that you do not fully understand. Make sure that you read everything through slowly and surely, and even several times over. If you come across even just a hint of a doubt, there is no need for you to rush into signing it. Have a lawyer give it a quick look over and have you filled in on the phrases you do not understand.

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