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5 Reasons Wedding Photography Should be Top of Your To-do List

by Sam of Your Perfect Wedding Photographer.

Having a good quality wedding photographer at your wedding can make a huge difference when it comes to the final results. A wedding is a special time that requires a selection of memories through the medium of photography. A great wedding photographer should be able to capture the moments of joy that take place effectively. They should also be able to capture every person at the event in their natural way and capture the joy that is apparent on yours and the guests.

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How to Get the Most from your Wedding Photos: Advice from Erika Tanith, a Professional Wedding Photographer

I always liked photography. My dad was a keen amateur with an amazing eye; I get a lot of my enthusiasm and basic knowledge from him. I studied media at university and I always wanted to get into film. I did stills photography, Photoshop, digital darkroom but didn’t think much about photography until after I graduated when friends started asking me to work on their weddings.

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I began as a second shooter – not as the main photographer – shooting from the side-lines and getting all the fun, natural pictures. I was good at it and I really enjoyed it. After a while I started doing weddings by myself, friends recommended me to friends, and the whole thing snowballed. Now I work full time as a wedding and portrait photographer.

I love what I do. There’s something very extraordinary about being entrusted to capture people’s memories of such a special day in their lives. I get to see people at their absolute best; families and friends coming together to celebrate a couple in love.

A wedding is a very important event, and so unique to every couple.  I love to see how people express themselves, from including pets in the ceremony to colour themes, entertainment, decoration, food and favours. There’s so many ways to incorporate aspects of your lives and personality into the day.

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I shot my first wedding in 2004, and since then I’ve learned a lot, not just about the industry, but how to get the most from your wedding photography. The main things that I’ve learned are:

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Should I Hire a Videographer? A Guide to Wedding Videography

In my opinion a professional wedding video is one of the most important parts of a wedding along with a professional photographer and quality wedding rings. These are the things that last a lifetime and can never be replaced.

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Videography will capture your vows, the speeches and your first dance….things that can’t been captured by photography alone and never be recreated. In years to come you can watch it and be taken back to the day; you can also share it with your children and grandchildren. Your wedding day goes by so fast that you will miss so many things, watching your wedding video will fill in all the blanks.

I have never heard a bride or groom say that they wished they hadn’t booked a videographer, but I have heard far too many who have regretted not booking one.

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Questions to Ask Before Booking your Wedding Photographer

To me, choosing your wedding photographer is one of the biggest and hardest parts of  planning a wedding. Your wedding photo’s will be a lasting memory of your big day and something that is totally irreplaceable. They will be viewed by many people and something to show your kids and grand-kids.

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It’s very important to carry out careful research into any photographer that you’re interested in hiring. I recommend you start to look for a photographer from the minute you start planning. A lot of good photographers can get booked up 2 or 3 years in advance and if it is a popular date it may be even further in advance.

Look at past weddings they have shot, do you like the style they used? If so, are they within your budget? If they are, set up an appointment to meet them so you can get the feel of their personality and whether you can work with them. Your MUST like your photographer and feel relaxed around them…..if not your wedding photographs aren’t going to be what you dream of.

Now you have a shortlist of potential photographers, I have put together a list of questions for you to ask to make sure they are definitely the right photographer for you!

Style

  • What style do you tend to shoot in?
  • Do you use colour, black and white or both?
  • Do you edit the photos before we see them?

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Price

  • What does your price/package include? Albums, prints, USB
  • If an album or prints are not included, how much are these?
  • How many hours do you cover? i.e. preparations to first dance
  • Is an engagement shoot included in the price?
  • What deposit do you take?
  • When is the final balance due?

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Images

  • How many images will I receive?
  • Can I request certain photos?
  • Will you photograph me getting ready?
  • What are the terms for image rights and how can the images be used?
  • How will you use our images?
  • How long after the wedding will we receive the photos?

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Logistics

  • How many hours do you cover?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Are you insured?
  • Do you have backup equipment in case your camera fails on the day?
  • How many photographers will there be on the day? Do you have an assistant?
  • Will you, personally, be there on the day?
  • Have you photographed our venue before? If not, will you visit the venue before the wedding?
  • Which videographers do you work well with?
  • What is your contingency for illness or any other unforeseen circumstances?
  • How many weddings do you shoot per year?
  • How many wedding have you shot in your career?
  • Can we see a complete set of photographs from a recent wedding? (These may be available on the photographers website prior to your meeting)

If you ask all the right questions you should find the perfect photographer for you and have amazing wedding photographs!

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