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How to choose a wedding photographer

by TM Maria Be a king in your own kingdom

The photographs of your wedding will be an eternal memory of a really special day. Wedding photographers can be very expensive, specialise in a number of different styles and offer a variety of service levels. Choosing a wedding photographer requires careful consideration as to the type of photos you want to document your wedding. Do a lot of research and interview several candidates before making the decision. If you’re in UAE, my recommendation is wedding photographers in Dubai.


Search wedding photographers

Decide the style of photography you prefer. There are a number of different styles of wedding photographs, and different photographers will specialise in different styles. Take some time to read and learn about the different styles and think about which one is best for you.

Start your search soon. Hiring your wedding photographer should be one of the first things you do after booking the place. Wedding photographers are very popular, especially in the busiest times of the year for weddings, and many of the best will be hired one year in advance.

Avoid hiring family or friends. It might be tempting to hire someone you know to be your wedding photographer. You might be tempted to hire someone you trust, who knows you and your partner well, and who you think will understand the kind of pictures you want. While this may be appropriate, it is very likely that this person does not have the technical skills and experience to take the best pictures.

Create a list of finalists. Once you have reviewed the profiles and seen some of the photos of a number of photographers, you should reduce these options to a manageable number. Then, you can organize to meet, interview and inspect the portfolios of the few you have chosen. Think carefully about who you want to interview and consider the elements that are most important to you.

Interview photographers

Prepare meticulously for interviews. Once you have made the list and organised the interviews, you should spend some time preparing with your partner. They will have to make a list of specific questions they want to ask, in addition to thinking about the interpersonal skills they seek in the photographer.

Talk about the photographer's style. The first thing you should discuss is the style and ideas of the photographer. You will have seen some pictures, but you can get a better idea by speaking in person. Ask the photographer to describe the style of his photographs and be sure to ask him any other questions if something is not clear to you.

Ask about the photographer's experience. One of the key issues to choose the best wedding photographers that should be discussed in the interview is the level of experience of each of the photographers. You should ask how many weddings have been photographed and how many of them were similar to yours. Different weddings may have very different requirements and expectations, so it is important to know the experience they have that is relevant to you.

Ask if the package includes an assistant. You should always ask the photographer if the offer includes an assistant to help with work throughout the day. It is likely that having an assistant, especially if the wedding has more than 50 guests, is an important addition.

Ask about what the photographer will do on the day of the wedding. It is important to get detailed information about how the photographer will work on the day of the wedding. You should determine if you are prepared to stay a little longer if the wedding is prolonged and how you plan to interact with the guests: if you will take many candid photos or if you will direct a lot of people from one place to another.

Make a decision

Examine the portfolio. Your potential photographers will take a portfolio of their photographs to the interview. It is important to spend a lot of time reviewing them in detail with your partner. Ask the photographer to give you context on the photos, including the style he used and the type of wedding.

Evaluate your interview notes. Take some time to review the notes you have taken during the interview to help you decide. These notes are a record of the interview that can give you a good idea of the impression the photographer gave you. You can compare the qualifications of the different finalists with your partner and evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses.

Consider the value of the photos. The price will undoubtedly be a factor in your decision, but try to think carefully about the value of these photos for you. It will be difficult to assess them quantitatively since they are a record of the most important day of your life, which you will always remember. You need a photographer to capture the emotion of the day, as well as all the key moments.


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