Se ha establecido la fecha, reservado a la Iglesia y la Sala de Recepción, y ahora es el momento de seleccionar a su fotógrafo. Hagas lo que hagas, no caigas en la trampa de que algún desafortunado de los Novios hacen reclutar a un amigo o pariente a tomar sus fotografías de la boda. Recuerde, esto es una vez en un evento de toda la vida que no puede ser repetido, y a menos que la persona a la que has seleccionado para capturar tus recuerdos especiales es la fotografía de bodas cada semana, las posibilidades son bastante buenas que simplemente no tienen la experiencia o el equipo para hacer el trabajo correctamente. Ya ha gastado una fortuna en su vestido, las flores, el salón de banquetes, y todo lo demás que hace el día tan Sesiones fotograficas, por lo que simplemente no tiene sentido para no tener que llegar a un fotógrafo profesional para cuidar de sus necesidades fotográficas para el día. Si un amigo o familiar que ofrece sus servicios como su fotógrafo, y a menos que tengan la fotografía de la boda de la experiencia, es mejor utilizar sólo como un “segundo fotógrafo” en el día de la boda. Por “segundo fotógrafo”, me refiero a un fotógrafo que se queda en el fondo y simplemente dispara tiros sinceros, a lo largo del día. De esa manera usted no será arruinar una amistad si la tomas no salen como se esperaba. Por la contratación de un profesional, quien hace la fotografía de la boda para la vida, usted sabe que va a obtener grandes recuerdos de su día de la boda. Además, la presión va a estar fuera de su amigo o pariente para “entregar la mercancía”.
Si usted no ha comenzado a buscar un fotógrafo al menos un año antes de su día de la boda, usted debe hacerlo tan pronto como sea posible. Como regla general, usted debe comenzar su búsqueda en cualquier lugar de diez a dieciséis meses antes de la fecha. ¿Por qué tan temprano? Los mejores fotógrafos del libro temprano, y ya que sólo se puede disparar una sola boda al día, una vez registrada, que el día se ha ido.
Antes de visitar a un fotógrafo, es una buena idea para sentarse con su mejor mitad y decidir sobre lo que te gustaría en la forma de fotografías en el día de su boda.
One of the first things to consider is the style of photography. Do you prefer candid shots (completely unposed with no direction from the photographer), the more traditional photography (where the photographer controls everything from posing to lighting), the uncandid candid (where the photographer has made the pose look natural, so that it looks completely unposed, or almost candid), or a combination of all styles? It is very important that you are clear with your photographer about which style of photography that you prefer, otherwise you may be disappointed in the results. When visiting various photographers, be sure to see works from a complete wedding, rather than samples from many weddings. This will give you a good idea of the style of photography that the photographer prefers, as well as a good indication of the photographer’s talents and expertise in lighting.
The next step in your journey of selecting a photographer is to know how much you would like to spend on the photography coverage of your wedding. Questions that you should ask yourself are: How long will I need the photographer for on the day of the wedding (often times you can save money by not having the photographer stay for the full reception coverage)? Would I like one or two photographers providing coverage (a second photographer usually concentrates on candid moments alone, so if you like candid photography, you should definitely consider having a second photographer—one photographer, no matter how experienced, simply can’t be in two places at the same time)? What would I like included in my photography package in the way of prints, wall portraits, albums, thank you cards? Would I like the negatives or digital negatives (high resolution image files) so that I can do all the printing myself? In photography, as with any other product or service, you generally get what you pay for. There is usually a good reason why one photographer will charge more for what appears to basically be the same thing. There may be hidden costs involved, such as mileage, or number of hours coverage, or limits on the number of photos taken that day. One photographer may have considerably less experience and expertise in photographing weddings. Some photographers simply charge less because they take wedding photographs as a part time hobby and work full time at another unrelated job. Ask yourself, do you really want to trust your memories to someone who does not make their livelihood and stake their reputation on photographing weddings? Decide in advance how important your wedding photographs are to you, and budget accordingly. When calling photographers to make viewing appointments of their work, be sure to ask their price ranges. A reputable photographer will tell you up front their price ranges. There is no sense in wasting your time, or the photographer’s time for that matter, if their price range is beyond your budget.
When meeting with the various photographers, it is important that both you and your fiance attend. Since you both will be working with the photographer for the good part of the day, it is vitally important that you feel relaxed with the person and you both like their work. Be sure to ask about their experience in photographing weddings. Just like any line of work, it can take a wedding photographer several years of shooting weddings before they have mastered the art. Keep in mind that a photographer can only shoot one wedding a day, and since the majority of weddings take place on a Saturday, and most weddings occur over the same six month period, a photographer with a year of two of experience may have actually only shot a handful of weddings over a one or two year period. Be sure to ask them how many weddings they have photographed over the years. If you are planning to have a lot of your photographs taken indoors, ask the photographer what type of lighting they will use. A good photographer will be able to set up portable studio strobe lighting for any formal shots indoors throughout the day. On camera flash for indoor formal shots will not provide the results that you would expect when hiring a professional.
Ask if the photographer is a member of any professional photographic organizations. This can tell you right away if the photographer that you are dealing with is reputable. Most photographic organizations that professional photographers are members of will require the photographer pass a stringent test and adhere to guidelines in order to become a member. They also require that the photographer abide to a list of proper business practices. Reputable photographic organizations include the PPA (Professional Photographers of America), WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada). And don’t forget, just because a photographer may specialize in commercial or fashion photography, it does not mean that they can handle the riggers and stress of a wedding shoot. It is important that the photographer that you select is a specialist in weddings.
An experienced photographer will have backup equipment for every piece of gear that they own. This includes cameras, lenses, flashes, strobe lighting. The last thing that you want to hear on your wedding day is that there is something wrong with the camera and they don’t have another one with them!
If your photographer works with an assistant, it will save you time and energy on your wedding day. A good assistant will fix dresses, speed things up with lighting setups, and even help the Bride with her dress and flowers when moving from location to location.
If you are dealing with a large photo studio, they may have several different photographers on staff who shoot weddings. Be sure to see the work of the photographer that will be shooting your wedding and meet with that person prior to booking. You don’t want any surprises on the day of the wedding!
Depending upon the type of wedding that you are having, you may want to check on how the photographer that will be shooting your wedding will be attired. Some photographers may feel that they can shoot your wedding in shorts and a T-shirt! This might be fine for some types of weddings, but if you are planning a formal affair, do you really want your photographer dressed casually?
Unless you have a specific location in mind for wedding pictures, it is always a good idea to ask the various photographers you visit about the venues they prefer for photos. Since this location will be used as the backdrop for the majority of your photos, it is very important that you love the setting. Look at samples of the spot in the photographer’s sample book, then visit the location in person. It is an excellent idea to visit the recommended site about a year in advance of your wedding date. Why so early? The answer is simple. It will give you a good idea of how your outdoor location will look on your wedding day. You’ll see how the gardens will be planted and what flowers are out. And if you are able to visit the location on the same day of the week as your wedding will be, you’ll see how busy the venue is, especially if you visit at about the same time as you’ll be arriving for your photos. Some spots are very popular, so it might be common to see ten or more Brides and their entourages at the same location, at the same time. While some venues can accommodate large Bridal crowds, others are simply too small. If your park is crowded, you may want to consider another location for pictures.
And don’t forget about parking. While finding a parking place may not be a problem for the Bride and Groom in their chauffeur driven limo, it may pose a problem for family members, the bridal party, and even the photographer. And last but not least, be sure to get the appropriate permits for use of the park.
If your photographs are important to you, then be sure to give your photographer sufficient time throughout the day. This is one day in your life that you don’t want to be rushed. A good photographer will work with any time frame that they are given, however, the more time you are able to give the photographer, the better the results will be. Things that can easily put you behind schedule on your wedding day are: hair and makeup appointments (can put you an hour behind schedule at the start of the day), service at the Church (it will always start a little late and run a little long), a receiving line (remember, the line only moves as fast as the most talkative guest), traffic congestion and construction (when travelling from location to location), and trying to find missing relatives or members of the bridal party for photos.
Tal vez la mejor manera de averiguar acerca de los diversos fotógrafos es preguntar a amigos y conocidos, que han sido recientemente casados, que se usa. Mira sus álbumes y pruebas. Si te gustan sus fotos, a continuación, obtener el nombre del fotógrafo que hizo el trabajo. Una recomendación de alguien de confianza es siempre un buen punto de partida cuando se busca un fotógrafo.
Asegúrese de visitar varios fotógrafos y tomar un buen vistazo a las muestras de su trabajo. Un buen fotógrafo tome interés en su boda y pedirá una serie de preguntas acerca de sus planes para el día, y ofrece sugerencias para hacer de su día sin problemas para usted y para ahorrar tiempo. Y no te olvides de alrededor de la tienda. La selección de un fotógrafo no es algo que se debe hacer en un último minuto de rush. Y recordar, como cualquier producto o servicio, generalmente se obtiene lo que se paga, nada más y nada menos!
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