There are few things more important to a wedding than choosing who captures the memories of your big day that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Your wedding photos will preserve every smile, tear and precious moment throughout the joyous occasion and you don’t want just any photographer to document it. Your wedding photos will be what you proudly show to friends, family, children and grandchildren. They’ll be focal points within your home, your office and even on social media so it’s important that your images are of the highest quality.
So what are the most important characteristics and how do you go about finding such a qualified photographer?
Cost. There are many aspects to consider when hiring a qualified wedding photographer. The first thing that may come to mind is the cost. Not all expensive wedding photographers have raving reviews and not all low-budget photographers produce poor work. You can’t base your wedding photographer decision on price alone. Consider the long-term. An investment in higher quality images and beautiful memories may or may not be worth a larger portion of your wedding budget to you, so here are some other things to consider when making that determination:
Location. Selecting a photographer who is local and has spent time exploring and photographing in the area is your best choice for someone who knows the most picturesque spots. You may have a favorite photographer you’re considering flying in for a destination wedding, but they won’t know the nooks and crannies holding incredible light and hidden gems that will make your photos truly unique.
Local reputation. Whether in-person or online, take the time to get an idea of how others feel about the photographer and what their experiences was like. If you have time to travel and scope out your destination site before-hand, talk to locals and also local wedding vendors like florists and venues for the best word-of-mouth recommendations.
Experience level. Like hiring anyone for and important “job,” you’ll want a wedding photographer with experience under his or her belt. If your budget it tight, you may be able to find up-and-coming, budding wedding photographers looking for experience offering services for a greatly discounted price, but keep in mind that this could be a gamble as these are moments that you’ll never get back. Talk to the photographer beforehand and ask to see a portfolio of their past work.
Wedding specialization. Depending on what your specific needs are, someone who specializes in weddings will be your best choice when venturing off for an exciting destination wedding because they have a keen eye for how to capture the top moments of your big day. Most photographers who also do other types of photography, such as family portraits, often produce great wedding pictures that satisfy the needs of most couples.
The photographer’s style. Each wedding photographer has a unique style, and you can find everything from bright and fun to classy and vintage. The photographer’s style is a key factor as it will dictate how he or she covers your wedding and the kinds of images that you’ll have for a lifetime. Be sure to pick a photographer whose style compliments and highlights the vibe and theme of your wedding and décor taste if you’re planning to display your images. Browsing through the photographer’s portfolio will give you a great idea of their style and versatility.
Equipment used. Photographers have their own preferences on what type and how much equipment they use when documenting weddings. Some higher-end photographers may haul around more equipment. The more equipment the photographer uses, the more you have to consider the costs, space and set-up time. Natural light photographers typically carry less equipment, but it all comes back to style and what you want the end result to be. Talk to photographers you may be interested in about what they use and why to see how it will benefit the outcome of your images.
Packages and options offered. Many photographers offer a variety of packages, most of which include a select number of prints in different sizes and photo CDs or DVDs. Your photographer selection may be based on what your photograph needs are. It’s always great when you can find a photographer who can customize their image and print options to your needs, as you may see your photos and want more or less than what a “standard” package offers.
Many couples head to Turks and Caicos for their destination wedding. The gorgeous, secluded beaches make for the perfect wedding backdrop. At Mermaid Pictures, our qualified, expert photographers are well-known and well-regarded in the Turks and Caicos community. We have many years of experience doing weddings and family portraits. Contact us today so that we can meet your wedding needs and beautifully capture every magical moment of your day.