You’re probably thinking that a contract will turn out to be way too formal and way too documented but the truth of the matter is that it is something that is just as important and crucial. Getting into something as huge as a wedding photography service with no contract that is properly set in place could easily make your deal go off the rails and this is something that you ought to keep under your control as much as you possibly can. When you have things documented though, you get to ensure that you will be able to predict and anticipate everything from start to end.
A contract is your best chance at ensuring that you don’t come across any disappointments or any unnecessary let-down’s or dissatisfactions when you are dealing with the professional wedding photographer of your choice. So go ahead and really focus on being able to do something about this one way or the other. If you aren’t the type of person who is all that eagle eyed with contracts or with anything that is written down, then it would help out a lot if you have a fresh set of eyes to review or go over the documents. Get a contract lawyer as well if you would like to be extra careful or if you are dealing with a particularly expensive wedding photography deal. You can never be too careful or cautious these days.
A determined and sure wedding photography style or approach
There are so many wedding photography styles out there that the regular bride to be might find it somewhat disconcerting and confusing. You don’t have to get lost in all of the wedding photography jargon. You can research on the photography styles that you have on hand and use it to look up the professional wedding photographer that you would like to book after all has been said and done.
Documentary wedding photography will prove to be perfect for you if you and your partner are not the type of people who are all that comfortable with the aspect of being in front of the camera all the time. This is a pretty good balance between candid shots and posed ones. On the other hand, if you would like a more controlled and creative approach to wedding photography, then you should probably consider fine art wedding photography or portraiture. It all depends on what your take is on wedding photography.
A wedding photography itinerary
When a wedding photographer has some kind of system or schedule to follow through with, it will give him a chance at a more organized approach to how he shoots your wedding. It will ensure that he is efficient and strategic in the way that he shoots and produces your photos of the big day.
A sure rate of production of photos on a per hour basis
You need to know for sure how many photos your photographer is capable of booking based on the number of hours that you are booking him for during the special day. 50 photos or so per hour is not a bad rate of production. Don’t go for too many photos too soon though as this might cause your photographer to end up being a little too clumsy with his shots and that is not the way that you would like to approach something like this.
When you are thinking about looking for someone that you can hire out for wedding photography, the first thing that you ought to check out is the preferences of your wedding venue. When you book a wedding photographer that your wedding venue recommended, you are bound to have some pretty interesting discounts that will really be able to save you a ton of money somewhere along the way. This is what you need to check out as much as possible. If you book venue preferred wedding vendors, they are bound to give you some price cuts somewhere along the way and this is the kind of thing that you should really go ahead and tap into one way or the other. Choosing a wedding venue strategically can really give you the upper hand when it comes to getting a price cut deal in wedding photography so you might as well put that in your to-do list as a bride when you are getting your wedding preparations worked out.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try to start a crowdsourcing program for your wedding photos. The trend right now is that couples usually create specific or special hashtags for their wedding day. It is usually a combination of their names. You can go ahead and do the same. They can upload that on social media with the said hashtags and it will turn out to make it fairly easy for you to collate those photos without going to them one by one for the copies. Besides, don’t you think it would be interesting to see how things go from the perspective of your wedding guests instead of just from your wedding photographer? This can save you some money because what this means is that you can limit the number of hours that you are hiring out your professional wedding photographer.
They usually charge by the hour so the less amount of time that they are there, the less your costs will turn out to be. Besides, you only need someone for wedding photography during the most important parts of your wedding and that will not take as much time as you think it would. Talk it out with your wedding photographer and make sure that it is also laid out accordingly with the rest of your guests. With the kind of technology that smart phones have these days, you will still be able to get pretty awesome wedding photos at a fraction of the price. Mind you, this not something that should take the place of your professional wedding photographer. You will still need one no matter what happens. But this is a pretty good way for you to be able to cut down on the wedding photography costs.
Use a cashback credit card to pay your professional wedding photographer.
You will be able to knock back around 1 to 2 percent or so. This might not sound like much in the beginning but given the fact that wedding photographers can easily charge around 3,000 dollars or more, it can be a pretty good amount for you to save up on one way or the other.
Talk to this wedding photographer that you have booked if there is any info that he needs from you about your wedding day. This is because you probably will not have the time to answer any of his questions during the wedding day itself which is why you need to plan things out ahead of time as much as you possibly can. As a client and as a bride, you need to know for sure that you are able to really provide your wedding photographer with anything and everything that he could ever need for as far as wedding details are concerned. Talk to him about this ahead of time so that he will know what to do, where to go, how to position himself, among a bunch of other things that are expected of him during the wedding event. If you have a wedding coordinator pulling all the strings for you, then that would be even better.
Introduce your coordinator to your wedding photographer.
Make sure that you establish ahead of time that the wedding coordinator will turn out to be a point of contact that your professional wedding photographer will be able to reach out to at the end of the day all throughout the time that the wedding is in full swing. He needs to know that he has support coming from you or from the people that you hired every step of the way.
Ask about the possible additional charges if you ask your wedding photographer to stay longer than what was initially agreed upon.
Delays during weddings are inevitable. One wedding vendor who doesn’t come in on time or who doesn’t pull things through as scheduled will technically cause a domino effect on the rest of all of the other vendors out there and this can cause some serious delays in your wedding. Granted, you will do your best to make sure that no one ever delays but the truth of the matter is that you will never really be able to control something like this or know this for sure and that’s a fact. The best you can do is to prepare for the worst. Talk to your photographer about any additional charges that he might be adding on if your wedding lasts longer than the expected duration of time that you have planned things out for. You need to know how much more something like this will cost you so that you can keep tabs of whether you will still be able to afford it or not.
Ask your wedding photographer about his entry time and exit time.
You need to know what these blocks are so that your expectations are managed the right way. This will also help keep things transparent between you as a client and your photographer. If the deal is for 3 hours plus prep time, then the entry and exit time should fit in well with that equation in mind. Do the math and make sure that you are not being short changed somewhere in the process.