As your wedding day comes closer, days start melting into each other and you start staying busy all the time. Several decisions are involved, and several considerations are to be made while planning your perfect day. While it is true that every vendor or service provider involved in your wedding is of critical importance, the most important role is that of the photographer. After all, the photos clicked by him at the wedding are the only thing, except your married life that you will have as a memory.
But you probably already knew that. In fact, keeping this in mind, you must have received tons of advice and suggestions pertaining to choosing the photographer that will document your wedding. However, there are still a number of things about your wedding photographer, and your wedding photographs that you will come to know about only when the day of the wedding has arrived.
To avoid running into any surprises, or shocks on your wedding day, read on about the things nobody has told you about your wedding photographer/photographs.
Choosing a wedding photographer is not just about the budget and getting the “best”
When it comes to photography, or any form of art for that matter, the best is usually subjective. What others consider best might not appeal to you, and instead a mediocre photographer that nobody knows about might sweep you off your feet with their work. It is important to understand this and only choose a photographer whose work resonates with your taste and style.
This also means that it not advisable to go with the cheapest or the most expensive photographer you can find. Instead, find a photographer who clicks with you, someone that you can feel comfortable around and someone you can trust. This doesn’t mean you blindly trust the photographer and not provide them with any direction, it just means you need to find someone that understands what you want and has the ability to produce similar work.
You might not always get what you want
It is very important to remember that your photographer is not some kind of superhero that can be present everywhere at the same time. Thus, there will be some moments that he will miss. There will also be a few events that you wanted, but would not happen on the wedding day, and it is alright.
While it is true you will not always get all the photographs that you originally wanted, it will be made up by some of the most beautiful candid shots that you did not plan for. Remember, photography is an art, and art has no rules, so don’t turn into a bridezilla when everything doesn’t match your exact preferences.
You need a test shoot
It doesn’t matter how many selfies you click in a day, or how photogenic you are, if you are not a professional model, it is advisable to go through a test shoot to get comfortable posing in front of the camera. A test shoot will not only help you get used to being photographed through the day, it will also align the photographer’s ideas with yours to ensure there is no confusion on the big day itself. There is also a chance that you will discover some amazing shots on the test shoot that you did not think about earlier.
A smart decision would be to hold the test shoot on your engagement ceremony. This way, not only would the test shoot be done, but at the end, you will have all the more photographs to add to your wedding album!
Photograph rights and delivery
While you might think the wedding photographs belong to you, in most cases, the wedding photographers hold the copyrights for the pictures they take. Most photographers provide a number of wedding photography packages, make sure you thoroughly go through the terms and conditions included in the one you choose.
Do not forget to ask about the delivery date for the photographs, as the post production process is quite lengthy. It will be better to understand the process and have clear expectations in terms of delivery of the wedding photographs.
As mentioned earlier, there is a lot that goes into a wedding, and it is not necessary everything will go according to plan. In fact, there is a good chance that at least a few things will fall out of place on the wedding day itself. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the day, have fun, and create magical memories that will last you a lifetime, instead of freaking out over tiny details and trying to micromanage everything.