The dancing is over now… Haldi is done..Pheras are completed and you have stepped into one of the most beautiful phase of your life..What’s your take-home once the Wedding is over.. ?
Did you get those priceless moments captured and preserved in the most beautiful way?
1. IT’S MORE ABOUT THE FIRST IMPRESSION, THEIR PERSONALITY AND YOUR GUT REACTION THAN YOUR BUDGET:
Remember, this is the most important day of your life and your photographer will literally be your shadow throughout. So find someone whose 'WORK STYLE' matches your 'TASTE'. You can judge this by simply looking at the moments they have managed to capture in the other weddings.
2. WHO IS THE 'LEAD' PHOTOGRAPHER?
Is it the main photographer on whose name the brand is registered or any of his team members will be covering the wedding? Today, the trend is that some of the photographers open up their own Studios and cover 2-3 weddings on the same day. As photography is an ‘ART’ so the style differs from person to person. Hence it’s very important to know if the team members are skilled enough to pull out the same results as you have seen in the pictures especially if the 'LEAD' photographer will not be around for any reason.
3. HIRE AN 'ARTIST' NOT A 'HOBBYIST'!
Relying on a ‘friend’ or 'a ‘relative' for getting those priceless candid wedding shots is a huge risk. While this may sound like a good idea, you have to remember that shooting a wedding requires a lot of time and effort (Both before and after the wedding including the post-processing work). Firstly, you’re expecting your friend to deprive himself/herself of the fun during your wedding because he or she will be stuck behind the camera, and secondly, you’re giving them a BIG responsibility of getting quality images from hours and hours of celebrations.
Always remember that there is no “TAKE 2” at weddings and a professional wedding photographer knows how to work in such randomly changing situations and has made the investment in skills and equipment to make sure all the wedding pictures are delivered at their best quality.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN 'ART' AND OWNING A CAMERA DOES NOT MAKE ANYONE AN 'ARTIST'!
“IT IS AN ILLUSION THAT PHOTOS ARE MADE WITH THE CAMERA… THEY ARE MADE WITH THE EYE, HEART AND HEAD.” - HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON.
4. PRE-WEDDING SHOOT - EVERY COUPLE SHOULD EXPERIENCE IT.
Let's face it...not every one of us is camera-friendly! Our facial expressions change the moment we come in front of the camera. The pre-wedding shoot will act as a warm-up session before the wedding day and will make you more comfortable in front of your photographer thereby leading to more candid & fun photos.
Secondly, it will help your photographer to understand what kind of photos you like which will help him to meet your expectation on your wedding day.
5. THE IMPORTANCE OF WEDDING COUPLE PORTRAIT SESSION
Ensure your photographer steals you away from all the hustle and bustle of your wedding day in a space where it's just you with the photographers. This is the time when you will get some of the most romantic and intimate moments well captured which you can cherish for a lifetime.
A beautiful candid frame of the couple in your wedding attire is something you don’t want to miss! So just give enough time to your photographer to create that magic.
6. POST PROCESSING & ALBUM DELIVERY 'TAKES TIME'
There is a lot of effort involved in creating the final art piece! It takes time...right from image selection, color correction, signature edits, and setting up all of them together to create a meaningful wedding story and album. Mark my words- It's worth waiting for!
7. BETTER COOKED THAN ‘RAW’:
The real problem is that many clients use "high resolution" and "RAW" interchangeably to refer to these large digital images when they are simply not the same.
A RAW file is an unfinished project. A RAW file itself is not an image or photo— it is a camera sensor reading that can be interpreted in many different ways. The data in the RAW file is a key to generate the actual photo, along with the photographer's knowledge, skill and post-processing methods, carefully combined to create the final work of art.
To make it simple, RAW in digital is analogous to Negative in films. For the same reason they are also called - Digital Negative.
Conclusion: Post-processed full-res Jpegs should be expected as the final deliverable and not the RAW files.
8. SHOULD YOU GET THE ALBUM PRINTED OR NOT?
PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MEANT TO BE EXPERIENCED!
You just can’t compare an image on screen to a professionally printed image… there’s something about seeing it on paper, being able to touch it, having something physical in your hands. Seeing that finished product is MAGIC. It is going to be treasured and brought out at family gatherings.
With wedding albums, they are a way to tell 'YOUR STORY'. Each image is carefully selected, edited, and arranged in a manner that compliments the flow of the day while telling the beautiful story of the start of your family.
9. SHOULD YOU GET YOUR ALBUM PRINTED BY YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER OR A CHEAPER LAB?
You hired a professional to take the photos so why not hire a professional to print the photos? Now a days, digital technology offers today’s bride and groom a variety of new options for preserving wedding memories, from no-print digital images stored in the cloud to do-it-yourself (typically online) photo books. However, in our opinion your photographer will be able to print out the images into a book at a high quality that will do the original photo justice. He will be the right person to narrate your visual wedding story as he is the one who shot it.
10. LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE:
Top candid wedding photographers with the best rates book up fast so be sure to start your search at least six months or more in advance.