Five Ways a Wedding Photographer Makes Your Ceremony Special

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Published: 11th July 2012
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How are you going to react when you get the call from your wedding photographer that your wedding ceremony photographs are ready to view? The chances are good that you cannot wait to see them! You might even invite friends and family to the house to relive those special moments captured for posterity. As everyone settles in and the story unfolds, it is evident you followed the five ways of selecting a wedding photographer for your ceremony.

Yes, it can be a challenge to look for a wedding photographer when so many other things are happening. Give yourself the opportunity for a stress-free wedding day by choosing a person you trust to capture those special scenes that mean so much.

1. Check with Friends and Family

If friends and relatives have recently married and you like the pictures that were taken, ask for the name and phone number of the photographer. Even if you attended the event, you might not have noticed any problems behind the scenes. Ask for an honest opinion of their experience. If they recommend that company or photographer, make a note to give them a call.

2. Review Photograph Collections

Cost limits the number of choices friends and relatives purchase after the wedding. While it is valuable to look through those pictures to get an idea of different photography ideas, it is also important to look at as many different shots as possible. Whether a wedding is held indoors or outdoors, the lighting varies from area to area. Since this is a one-time opportunity for the ideal shots of the day, you want to be certain the photographer knows how to adjust for a variety of conditions.

Look at the pictures taken from the beginning to the end. Ask yourself if these are the shots you want for your ceremony and if they are ones for which you are willing to pay. Finally, determine if they reflect your idea of a professional photograph.

3. Get Acquainted with the Photographer

Wedding centers and consultants frequently have agreements with a certain photographer or portrait studio to cover pictures at their events. Before you sign a bundle agreement, verify you can make your own choice of the person doing your wedding photography. Include their choice with the other photographers you interview before making a decision.

Rather than hiring someone sight unseen through a website or over the phone, set up a meeting before making an agreement. Request that the photographer bring several albums of wedding collections that reflect different scenery and lighting. Verify the cost and availability, but let the person explain why he or she is best for the job. If the fit is not right, let them go.

4. Confirm Costs and Dates

The photographer should bring a contract to the meeting. Things that should be written in are the conditions of the agreements, such as how much time is included in the fee and what it includes. Regardless of how well organized an event is, delays can happen. The last thing you want is the person shooting the memory of your special day leaving in the middle of the ceremony because of another obligation. Ask about special offers and any pre-ceremony or reception shots are included.

Request a copy of the fees and what is included. Discuss payment arrangements and to whom the check should be made. It is always better to think about a decision like this for a day or two. When you get home, call the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau to find out if there have been compliments or complaints about the business. Search online review sites for comments. Compare prices between businesses to which you have spoken.

5. Confirming the Wedding Photographer

One final step before signing the contract is finding out who will be your wedding photographer. Several scenarios include an assistant learning the ins and outs of wedding scenes or a backup photographer used in the event of an emergency, such as traffic delays. Ask to meet them, as well, and for an opportunity to review their photographic ability.

Confirm there is no additional charge if the assistant or replacement covers the pictures. Tell them the definite shots you want, including friends and relatives who seldom are able to attend special events. Ask them about their ideas, and think about how the ideas they describe will fit into your vision. There is a lot of stress in every part of the wedding. Knowing that you and the wedding photographer are on the same page is one less thing to worry about.

Engage a Reportage Photographer

Photographing your wedding just as it happens takes photographic skill and the talent of understanding the important things to remember, from a tear on grandma’s cheek to the expression of delight on your sister’s face as she catches the bouquet. That is the special mark of a reportage photographer. Your wedding in still pictures as it actually happened is more meaningful than the planned poses that often take precedence. You want the story from start to finish, with special moments related to the wedding.

Every wedding album should include the formal shots of the bride and groom, the in-laws, and the wedding party. However, those shots should only involve one or two twenty-minute sessions so the new couple can spend time with their guests and enjoy the excitement of their wedding. The rest of the shots should be based on reportage photography, candid and unique.


Richard Galloway is an award-winning professional photographer and considered one of the best reportage wedding photographers in Surrey. Creating “story-telling” photographs since 2007, he specialises in documentary (reportage) wedding photography.


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