A reputable Alberta wedding photographer should go beyond just taking good pictures. The Alberta Wedding Photographer you choose for your weeding should bring a combination of solid portfolios, experience, professionalism, good communication skills as well as a well-run business. At Instant Memories we offer all of the aforementioned skills.
Following are some guidelines to follow when choosing an Alberta wedding photographer.
Experience: This is one of the first things you want to look for in an Alberta wedding photographer. You can’t leave this day, of all days, to chance. Alberta wedding photographers can prove their experience to you in a number of ways.
Portfolios: Every experienced Alberta wedding photographer should have several portfolios for you to look at ether online or in print at their office. What you should be looking for when viewing portfolios is his or her experience as a wedding photographer. You should also look to see if the photographer is showing you more than just one image per wedding. Any Alberta wedding photographer can come up with one photograph from a wedding, but you should see at least three to five images from a specific wedding. If you don’t see it in an album, request to see a series of images from a few weddings. If it’s wedding season the Alberta wedding photographer should have some on hand within minutes, if not this could be a red flag that you are hiring someone with little experience.
Testimonials: You can get these testimonials yourself; don’t rely simply on testimonials on a website. Ask to see photos of the references he provides. Some Alberta wedding photographers even let you call their past clients to give referrals. When you call for references, inquire about such things as: “Were the expectations met?” “How were you treated as a client?”
Customized Portfolio: What you’re asking for here are sample images form weddings similar to yours. For example same-size bridal parties, locations and family photos. After all, if the Alberta wedding photographer provided the past clients with satisfied results under similar conditions, he/she should be able to do the same for you.
Client Relations: What we mean by this is how are you going to be treated throughout this process? Everyone is nice to you when you are considering spending two to three thousand dollars with them. Things you should expect are a 45 day turn around time on photographs, not 60 or 90 days. Your Alberta wedding photographer should be a member of the Better Business Bureau; you should also ensure they take major credit cards for deposits to make sure you are protected against “services not rendered”. If they are not a member of the Better Business Bureau, NEVER give an Alberta Wedding Photographer a personal cheque or cash as a deposit.
Traditional photography tends to be more posed. The photographer usually has more control over this type of photography as he instructs you where to sit, how and when to smile, drape your arm around your spouse, turn, etc. Even while posed however, you don’t need to be rigid. An experienced Alberta wedding photographer will be able to get both traditional and journalistic looking photographs even in this type of controlled environment.
In the photojournalistic style the photographer goes about unnoticed, and just shoots the day. This complete photojournalist style can be problematic as the photographer is giving no input, and has no control of his surroundings. If you and your fiancée are not professional models, with no suggestions from your Alberta wedding photographer, you may find yourselves wondering “What do we do next?” Also, unless you want fire hydrants, street signs, and strangers in your photographs you should consider a hybrid photographer. Remember: walking photos, cool images of the bridal party having fun are usually done in a controlled environment so the Alberta wedding photographer can create esthetically pleasing images.
Professional Alberta wedding photographer like one at Instant Memories will bring a hybrid of both styles. Even if you prefer one style over the other, a little of each allows you to capture expected – and unexpected moments. And, that’s what any Alberta wedding photographer should do.