Pointers To Consider Before You Book A Wedding Photographer!

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The date of the biggest day of your life is fixed. You have started imagining the perfect day unfolding in your mind when suddenly the reality of organizing the event hits in. Finding the right wedding photographer is as important as finding the right man (Okay, maybe a little less important, but still!). After all, you wouldn’t want to look at your wedding pictures with regret, would you?

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We know wedding planning can be tough. And the last thing you would want is to book somebody you are not sure about. So what should you know before booking a photographer for your D-day? Not sure?  Fret not! We’ll break this down for you. Read on.

Engage in good research and know the trends:

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This is essential, which a lot of couples tend to skip. Do some good research on Instagram to check out what’s latest in wedding photography to have a reference point. Do this at least a month before you start the booking process!

Shortlisting at least 3-4 photographers is the key!

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Always have at least three photographers of the same caliber on your shortlist. We suggest you book your photographer as soon as the dates are fixed because the good ones are always in demand. But what to do if your first choice is unavailable for your dates? Don’t worry you’ve saved yourself. While availability is, of course, the biggest factor, you should make an assessment of all the shortlisted photographers’ works on various parameters such as pricing, aesthetics, creativity to pick what suits you the best.

Ask yourself this question to plan your budget accordingly: Am I looking for Candid/Traditional Photography?

Candid Photography

Now that you know the difference, here’s a little hack to stay on budget – When you have a gathering of under a hundred people, let’s say a mehendi function, you don’t need to hire a candid and traditional team both. The candid photographer typically covers close friends and family, which is pretty much what you need in the case of smaller events. Traditional photography is mostly for stage shots or larger gatherings. While traditional photography is essential for the wedding day, you won’t lose much skipping it for minor events.

Know the time-line of the deliveries

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So this is very important! Here is how it usually works:

Raw dump: Some might give it within a day/week before the wedding, others might not give it at all so discuss this beforehand.

Processed photos: This might take about a month to 45 days after the wedding.

Album: After you submit the picked photos, it might take your photographer anything between 1-3 months to give you the completed album. So a good ballpark figure would be 3-6 months after the wedding to get your album in hand.

Videos: It takes about two months to get the trailer ready (4 minutes video), and about 4 months for the long film (40 minutes).

Ask the photographer these questions before you sign the contract

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We can’t stress enough how important it is to ask the right set of questions before you sign the contract. Worry not, we have a list ready for you!

  • Are you available on my wedding date?
  • Which photography style do you specialize in?
  • Will you be the one shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet the team who would?
  • What are the different packages available? And what are the inclusions?
  • What is the time period you need to deliver the images?
  • Backup plan: what happens in case there is an emergency and you can’t make it?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Ask for complimentary deliverables – If you’re getting a lot from the same photographer, then you can ask for a few complimentary deliverables like maybe a bridesmaid shoot or post-wedding shoot in the hotel, and we’re sure a lot of photographers would be willing to oblige.

Planning A Destination Wedding? Here are some extra pointers!

Destination Wedding
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So if you have a destination wedding, then there are some more things you’ll have to know beforehand. Photographers do not charge you extra for shooting a destination wedding, but you have to pay for their tickets and their stay. Now that the million-dollar question has been answered, go ahead, book the best photographer to capture your D-day in its truest essence!

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