Hiring a Sydney wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the wedding ceremony planning process, and because of this, it can be one of the most overwhelming. You can find thousands of photographers out there, and it could be hard to tell apart which one is right for you! Pictures are you’ll have following the wedding to keep in mind the best day of your life, so choosing the wrong photographer can have big consequences! But fear not, below I’ve come up with just a little guide about how to find your photographer, what things to look for, and what to ask to make sure you make the best option easy for your big day!
1. Book your venue first.
It’s a good idea to employ your Sydney wedding photographer after you’ve secure your venue. Aim to book his / her services about nine months prior to the wedding (or annually, if your photographer is at popular).
2. Hit up your social network for recommendations.
Did you like the wedding photos your sorority sister posted on Facebook? Send her a message asking who her photographer was and when she’d recommend his or her services. Ask your other recently married friends, too, and solicit tips from your wedding planner or the manager of your reception site.
3. Choose the design of photography you prefer
This is actually the first, and probably most significant, step to locating your wedding photographer. Every wedding photographer has another style and approach as it pertains to documenting your wedding. Some give attention to the facts, some give attention to candid moments, some edit their images to look light and airy, some get it done dark and moody. There’s a lot of variety and styles to choose from out there! So comb through social media, blogs, magazines, etc., and discover what speaks to you. Check out my blog on photography styles to get an improved notion of what’s out there. My advice, don’t select a style that’s too trendy. You intend to still like your images in 30 years, so I would make an effort to pick a photography style that’s timeless and classic. But that’s just me. lol
4. Interview the photographers.
Most photographers will email you a web link with their portfolio of images before your first meeting. Be certain the collection includes recent weddings he or she has shot from commence to finish, not just a “best of” highlight reel from a large number of different weddings. This is a more accurate way to measure the photographer’s work. Also, ask if the photographer has shot in your venue if so, request to see those photos. Through the meeting, find out who exactly will shoot on your big day. Some larger studios employ several photographers, and despite having single-person operations it’s not unusual for the photographer to have an assistant handle shots of the groom planning while he targets the bride and bridesmaids. In every cases, request to see the work of the photographer (or photographers) who will be handling your wedding.
5. Discuss the fee.
Some photographers’ fees include everything including albums, prints, and high-resolution images (saved on the disc or thumb drive); others have a flat or hourly rate, then charge you à la carte for just about any pictures or albums you want. Many photographers give a price list that details a number of different packages they provide at different price points. Ensure that you understand what’s included. Ask how long the photographer will spend to you (seven to nine hours is ideal) and whether there will be a second shooter, as you’ll receive greater detail shots this way. Lastly, also inquire about when you’re able to be prepared to receive everything, from a sneak peek of images (some photographers can provide you a handful within a few days) to prints (usually up to 90 days) to your album (up to a year).
6. Go with your gut.
Once you have evaluated each photographer’s work and fees, and narrowed down your options, it is time to make your decision. Remember that you will be spending the complete big day with this person, so you want to be sure to feel completely more comfortable with the photographer. Would you and your fiancé genuinely such as this person? Do you are feeling like the three of you click?
7. Schedule a test run.
An engagement photo shoot is always a good idea — it’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and begin to feel comfortable having your photo taken, especially if you or your groom are camera-shy.