How to Choose your 'Candid' Wedding Photographer - Part II
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So we finally come down to the checklist of things that a couple should consider while hiring a candid photographer. This could really make the process of choosing and deciding upon your photographer for the final day a much simpler & enjoyable task. The points are stated randomly, not in the order of importance....
Location: Though it is fairly easy to travel all across the country these days, it is natural that the photographer flying in from a distant place will have that expense built in the quote. It will be the best if you start looking for a suitable photographer locally. However, if no local photographer suits you, you MUST not compromise. What you pay to the photographer is going to be dwarfed by the total expenditure on your wedding.
Style: Every photographer has or develops his / her own distinct hallmark style. It is fairly easy to get an idea by looking at their portfolio. However, most of them only display a handful of great pictures on their website. Any average photographer who has shot a number of weddings can throw in 10-15 good enough images on display. Therefore, I recommend that you see at least one complete set of pictures from an entire wedding. It will give you a very fair idea of his abilities to click good picture consistent with your expectations.
Skill: Skill of a photographer is exhibited in his ability to generate fresh or fun perspective to an ordinary scene. This skill sets him apart from others who merely work on fixed angles and perspectives and produce similar looking images across all the weddings. I am always on the lookout for a different angle of view and do not hesitate in climbing up, lying down on the floor, crawling down, or hanging out of a window (of course, with safety) if it provides me a fresh perspective.
Personality: Once you have liked the style and are confident of his skills to produce good picture, the next step is know him as a person. It is highly recommended that after the initial quote and ice-breaking, you talk to him over the phone or, even better; meet with him /her in person for a cup of coffee to see what sort of person he/she is. Ideally, you should choose a photographer who has similar personality as yours. For instance, a serious and introvert photographer may not do justice with your expectation of fun pictures.
Passion: When you speak with them over the phone or in person, ask a lot of questions about their approach and ideas for your wedding. Listen to them carefully and try to see if they have a passion for photography or are looking for just another business assignment. The one with a passion for this art is much more likely to challenge his / her abilities and use the skills to get the best pictures.
Referrals & Recommendations: A photographer’s biggest source of advertising is through word-of-mouth. Seek help of your siblings or friends. Chances are they may know of someone really good as a photographer. This way, there will be an already established connection between you and the photographer. Moreover, you may want to speak with the earlier clients. Good words and recommendations will further strengthen your faith in the photographer.