Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Photographer or Videographer

Your wedding day is a one day affair that flies by like any other day. This is despite the fact that you have spent days on end for the past half year plus going through every detail. You have wanted the day to be perfect as it is in your head. If all goes well, it will be perfect. One detail that you will need to pay real close attention to is the photography. With the flurry of activity through the day you will not be able to take in many of the magical moments going on around you. Here are some important things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer or wedding videographer.

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The Type of Photographer / Videographer

Capturing all those magical moments requires a definite finesse and not every guy with a camera out there possesses it. On your golden day you do not want anything to be ruined. The photographs will just help you relive that day and share it over and over again with your loved ones. So the first thing you need to note is what kind of photographer you are looking for. There are three basic kinds; the traditional, the classic and the photojournalist. The traditional photographer will do the all known poses while the classic one will do a blend of styles between the traditional and spontaneous photography. The photojournalist on the other hand, will simply capture the moment when he feels appropriate. Get to know what exactly you want so that you can know if the photographer you want to hire is qualified to deliver the style of photography you desire.

Professionalism

This is another key aspect that you need to look into. Again, as previously mentioned, you cannot get any guy with a camera who does it as a hobby. Photography is a profession that takes a lot of time and practice to perfect. You therefore need to make sure your potential photographer is certified. In this time you should also check how long they’ve been in practice and since practice makes perfect, the longer, the better. While a long practicing photographer is safe, make sure they are not in the relic ages but have also embraced technology.

Covering the Fundamentals

Among other things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer, inquire as to how they will do the shoot. If it will only be one photographer covering the whole shoot, who it is and how long it will take to deliver the finished work. Inclusive of this, you should check in what format they will deliver the work. These memories are priceless and should be delivered in the best format possible. Getting a photographer who delivers hard and soft copy and compiles an album for you would be ideal. At this point in time, getting to see their portfolio is a very good idea. You should be shown a complete work that depicts what you desire to have done for you. Settle for nothing less than a signed contract of all the details that you deem important to you. Don’t take anything for granted as this person has the power to either make or break your memories.

The Candidates

Once you have gone through the things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer, prepare a short list of possible photographers. Take your time getting referrals from friends and relative who’ve been down that road. You can also check online but be careful to get them from credible sources checking their reviews for verification. Once you get the possible candidates be sure to ask to meet them in their offices as you want a physical address you can go to in case of anything. Once there, consider if you mesh together. This is very important as it will reflect in the feelings on shoot. Get someone who you are comfortable being around you in your intimate moments. Lastly, get to know the total cost and the payment plans they have. Be very thorough so you can have specific figures. And be sure they have contingency plans in case of failure on any of their parts.

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Starting a Wedding Photography Business

To begin with, anything associated with weddings is going to be an ever-green business. People are always going to get married, irrespective of the economy or other external factors that can affect most vocations. Wedding photography goes beyond just taking a fabulous picture. It requires more skills to depict the natural moments, and the joy of the occasion to turn simple images into lifelong memories. This piece is all about helping talented photographers know more about starting a wedding photography business.

Working out the Costs

Yes, wedding photography is all glamour, art and aesthetics. However, there are the more practical finer points to be considered before climbing the wedding photography bandwagon including costs. You will need the right professional level equipment to take perfect pictures, a marketing plan to promote your service in a highly competitive environment, assistants, and the required licences. It is best to work out the cost for each of these factors, and then go about allocating an initial investment budget.

The Devil is in the Details, Isn’t It?

Starting a wedding photography business

There’s no denying this. You have to be a sucker for perfection and attention to details if you really want to be successful in the wedding photography business. You will have to be in sync with details associated with the wedding, the theme, the personality of the bride/groom, the instructions given by the clients etc. The details are also about drafting the right terms and conditions, the contract, and more. You will also have to be very organized, and keep track of dates, clients, and leads.

Keep Practicing

Really, there’s no substitute for this in any business. And more in a trade that requires so much attention to detail and fine nuances. Keep practicing on various subjects to hone your skills before you decide to go professional. Try to get honest reviews from your subjects and other well known photographers in the trade. Take up practice jobs, just to give you a hang of things before you charge your customers. It also helps to put up your images on photography forums and websites, to get fair reviews of other experts. Exposure and experience is the key to giving you an edge over hundreds of wedding photographers.

Have a Distinct Style or USP

Let’s be honest, and accept that there are going to hundreds of other talented photographers you’re going to compete with for various assignments. It will always give you an edge if you have a distinct or unusual selling point such as retro wedding photography, slick editing skills that convert the images into a polished love story (much like music videos or Hollywood blockbusters), quirky/off beat themes, anything that sets your apart and earns your references from impressed clients.

Advertising, Marketing, and Branding

The importance of getting your marketing and branding in place before going full fledged into the business can never be overstated. Keep your professionally business cards and brochures ready. Start advertising your business locally. Network with neighbourhood wedding suppliers such as cake makers, local wedding planners, limo service providers, venue services and more. For better results, you can even offer them a set commission from your earnings ranging from 10% to 20% of your earnings.

Sources

http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Professional-Wedding-Photographer

YOUR SMARTPHONE’S CAM COULD SAVE THE DAY!

Different kinds, varieties and features of smartphones are on the market today. The quality depends on how much it has. The ones that hit the consumers most is the durability of the product. I know you have seen rigid tests being conducted to the smartphones, breaking them, putting them in water, but that is really not the issue here. What we are looking for in functionality and quality.

One of the smartphone’s feature that it must have is a crystal clear camera. Although some has bigger value in terms of megapixels, what consumers and photo enthusiasts seek is the quality of the image taken from it. It really doesn’t matter about the brand or the product. The picture quality must be there. For some information and details, you can watch the video below for more tips in using smartphone to capture pictures. Enjoy!