3 tips to choose the right photographer – use our 3P rule
Photographer and/or Cinematographer. One of the most important professionals you will ever have to book for your wedding.
That is because wedding photos and videos are something you will keep forever. Surely, you will show them to your friends and family. You will display them in your home or maybe even on social media, where they will live for eternity. Or until you delete them. You might hear from some brides that they were sorry to spend a big portion of their budget on photos and video and now they never get to see them. Others might say that they were let down by their photographer and that the photos were not the quality they hoped for. And then there are those who cannot be happier about their photographer and the final results. Well, you want to be THAT bride and avoided the drama with just a little bit of research.
All you need to consider is the 3P’s and below you can read how:
We had a pleasure to interview one of the destination wedding photographers from Canada. Read the interview below to see what Janice of Janice Yi Photography, destination wedding photographer has to say about our 3P theory!
First things first. Decide on the price you are willing to pay for photos and video. Because prices vary in every country and if you’re planning a destination wedding, be prepared for different prices. Make a small research, ask Google and click on some random sites in order to get approximate feel for the prices in that country. You also have a choice of a destination photographer, who can maybe travel with you. Prices tend to be higher for the high end photographers, with better quality of products and service. Only you know what matters to you the most. Is it the price or is that the service & product quality that matters to you? All these things are of course personal decisions you need to consider before you even contact the photographer. Maybe, if you are lucky you can get it all, the good price and a good product.
Let’s see what Janice Yi thinks, when we asked her about the price.
How does the price affect the final product?
Scan the web, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and so on for as many wedding photos you can handle! Pick those that appeal to you the most and keep them in a special folder to show to your photographer. If you don’t have a specific photographer in mind, you can always ask you wedding planner to suggest you someone. Since they usually need to work with many different professionals and can understand who is good at their job. You can also check the credits for who took the photos you like and contact those photographers directly. Once you have booked one, make sure you know exactly what you want. Show and explain your vision. Communication here is key at insuring the best final result. Checking photographer’s website and portfolio is a must. Explain which photos/products from their site you like or even which you really dislike. If there are many things you dislike about that photographer’s products or even his/hers website, it’s maybe best you find someone else.
What would you say is the most important thing for a photographer to know about their clients, to produce the best quality of work?
How important is it to get along with the photographer? Well, we would say it’s quite important for you to have a good relationship with your photographer. The photographer is probably the only professional who will get quite personal with you. They will have to pose you, tell you what you have to do and where you should stand and what you are doing wrong. All this, because they see you through the lens differently and if they do not say when you look your best, they are not going to get the best result. Therefore, you need to know and trust your photographer in order to get the result you have envisioned. You can understand all this from the first meeting, a phone call or maybe only from emails. If you will feel that they are not focusing their attention towards you, then you know something is wrong.
Janice, you have a lot of experience with many different clients. How important would you say is for a photographer to have a good relationship with their clients?
Photos by Janice Yi Photography
Amy Levin-Epstein from The Knot, formed the right questions to ask your wedding photographer. Read these questions from their blog and make a list, which will be specified for your needs before you talk to a photographer.
Similar theory applies also for the wedding video/filmography. Although, many photographers have the ability to provide you also with the video, make sure it’s the quality you like. Ask to see some examples from previous customers and be specific on the style you like. Is this more cinematic (movie like) or more documentary style? Always make sure you have an example or two, to show them what you like. Check their website, as well as YouTube or Vimeo for wedding videos and pick only the ones that appeal to you the most.
This was our 3P theory – Price | Product | Personality . Do you agree with us?
Comment below to share your ideas and help a bride.
And remember, this is your one special day and you need to capture it the best way possible.