By Ashlene Ramadan - CTW Features | posted on December 18, 2011 at 7:00am
Capturing the Day’s Memories
The I Do’s. The kiss. The walk down the aisle. Maybe a fun post-ceremony photoshoot before heading onto the reception. These are some of the biggest moments of the biggest day of your life, and you will want to cherish the memories and look back at it one day to show your children. It’s important to have a good professional photographer you trust, documenting your day because pictures stay with you forever.
If you’ve recently had family or friends get married, start by asking them for referrals when you begin your research.
Meeting with potential photographers is very important. You’ll want to feel comfortable with them and want your personalities to mesh – remember, you are spending the whole day with this person!
A photographer should show you the type of pictures he/she takes so you can get an idea of the style of the wedding photos you could expect. A good photographer also will take the time to sense a couple’s personality, which will help him get a sense of what kind of pictures a couple is expecting.
“Look for someone who has shot many weddings and can show you images from many different weddings, not just one or two,” said Marc Pagani, principal of Marc Pagani Photography in New Orleans.
“I sometimes will ask the couple if there are any specific images that they want to see beyond the types of images that they’ve seen in my portfolio,” he adds. “And if so, and they are images I’m comfortable creating, I can oblige.”
To ensure your photographer has what it takes, don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions regarding prior experience. Take a good look at past work. That way, you’ll have a clear idea of how many photos you’ll get and how much of your day will be captured.
Also, when hiring a photographer through a studio, be sure to ask precisely who will photograph your day. If you have questions about photography in general, ask your photographer to explain some of it to you, such as what format they shoot in and why. Do you get a DVD with all the photo files and the rights to them after the wedding? Will they be available to proof online?
As wedding photographers cost an average of $1,500 – and up to $5,000 in large urban markets – couples may find that the photographer of their dreams is well outside of the budget. Peruse creative wedding blogs or ask friends for referrals in order to get lasting memories without leaving a lasting mark on your bank account.
Video also captures the important moments of your wedding, and like photography comes in many shapes and sizes, so the same rules for choosing the right photographer apply to video, from looking at prior work to establishing a good connection. Some videographers take a photojournalistic approach to filming, while other are more hands-on. Some will even interview weddings guests to add a documentary feel to the video.
“If you’re able to tell the audience a story about two people without knowing them, you’re on the right track,” said Tonje Nordgaard, a videographer with Best Video Production, Culver City, Calif.
Videography can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand for high-end artistic videos, like vintage-style Super 8 films. Ask how much footage the videographer is going to take and if your package includes all the footage or just a highlight video of the day.
As for the finished products, ask how many DVDs are included with the package. With high-def cameras and media more mainstream, expect to see some shops offering Blu-ray videos, as well.
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