When a newly engaged couple starts to plan for their wedding, one of the most exciting and important elements to plan for is the wedding photography and wedding videography. There are lots of possible styles and prices, so here are some tips to choose the right wedding photographer and videographer for your big day.
1. Price – Once you set a budget for your wedding, you’ll be able to narrow the field of potential vendors for your wedding photography and videographer by price. Some photographers will likely be out of your price range. And you probably don’t want to hire someone that charges much less than your budget either, since you want the highest quality product possible.
2. Style – There are lots of varying styles for both wedding photography and wedding videography. For photos, some couple prefer a traditional portrait style, while others prefer a more contemporary natural, in-the-moment style. Some prefer indoor photos while others want to be outside. And some prefer to have certain staged family group photos while others just want the photographer to be a fly on the wall and take photos more spontaneously. Whatever your style, you will have to look through portfolios of photographers to find one who exemplifies your style. The styles are similar for videographers–traditional versus natural/spontaneous. Be sure to watch some of the videographers’ previous wedding videos to see if he/she has the feel that you like.
3. Availability – Good wedding photographers and videographers are often booked for a year or more in advance. If you have a particular photographer or videographer that you are just dying to use, then you will want to find out their available dates before you select a wedding date. If you have already booked a date and venue, then be sure to check with each potential photographer and videographer about their availability on your date before meeting with them. You wouldn’t want to fall in love with his/her portfolio only to find out he/she is already booked on your big day.
4. Family versus Vendor – Some brides and grooms have family members who are professional photographers or videographers (or even hobbyist photographers) who offer to take photos for free or at a reduced price. Each couple will need to discuss how to handle this ahead of time. If you like your relative’s photography style and can save money by using him/her, then it would be an easy decision. If, on the other hand, his/her photography is not your style, you can always politely decline by saying that you want them to enjoy your wedding without having to work on the day of the wedding. Most well-meaning family members would graciously appreciate either decision that you make.
Ultimately, your wedding is your special day, so be sure that you and your fiancé choose the photography and videography packages that suit you best. You will treasure the photos and videos for years to come, so you want them to be exactly as you imagined them!