• Sonika

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Deciding on the photographer for your perfect day isn't easy, but it's our job to make it as hassle-free as possible.


Getting married is a beautiful moment that we will never forget for the rest of our lives. With the rich collection of elite venues to choose for your wedding, Dubai is one of the ideal places for that special day.

The whole event can take a lot of planning and stress, so it is always best to hire a photographer well in advance. Some of the best wedding photography companies in Dubai are booked very quickly as they're high in demand.

Now we've packed the essentials together which you need to run through your checklist and ease that load off your shoulders for your wedding planning. Read ahead for the go-to plan for that perfect photographer to catch the true beauty of your wedding.




Budget


Nine times out of ten, people compare the price of photographers before they even look at the quality of the photographers they're choosing from. In reality, you should be looking at the quality before the budget gets a say. The average wedding shoot can range from Dh10,000 to Dh20,000, depending on the kind of photographs, the hours, and who you choose.

While you should take into consideration your budget, it should not be the deciding factor. You want to make sure that your special day is captured in its elegance and glamour for you to look back on. And really, the photographer can be one of the places that you don't want to end up holding money back from. Because, as we've all heard, 'pictures hold 1000 words', and we want it to tell the most beautiful story when we look back to it 20 years later in life.




Do Your Research


Living in a world of endless social media at our fingertips has made research and inspiration all that bit easier. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to start with, alongside creating a Pinterest board of your ideal wedding; this will help out in the long run. Check out wedding photos you love the look of and then find your way to those individual photographers' websites. There will be a portfolio of their work on display for you right for you to look through.

Online research is key to shortlisting a Photographer but take it a step further and try and see the album of an entire wedding. A few hand-picked pictures from different weddings may look good, but you want a full album of your wedding, not just one image. Make sure that your photographers' photos are what you want or else you may find yourself disappointed by the quality of the whole album you receive.

Another tip is to check out the comments section. The last thing you want to do is spend your day with somebody who is rude to you the entire time. It's your wedding! You don't want to spend the day faking a smile for a rude photographer.




Style


There are many styles to choose, from photojournalistic vibes, candid photos, documentary-style images, or black and white photos. You and your fiancé have the final say in all of this, and your photographer will depend on if they can meet these needs for your wedding photos.

Living in an era of digitalisation, long gone are the days where wedding photographers would have to carry multiple cameras for the different shots of colour or black and white. Black and white photographs do have a certain elegant charm with an air of sophistication within them, whereas coloured photos can bring the glamour and vibrancy of your wedding to life.

Photographers now have the easy option of converting coloured photographs into those stunning black and white ones in the post-production stage. However, upon conversion, some people do say that the pictures do lose their original 'texture'. So, if you want black and white photographs for certain, make sure that your photographers know this so that they can make the proper preparations.




Meet the Photographer


Once you have shortlisted your favourite photographers for the job, the next step is to meet them. Contact them and ask when they are available, the type of style that you are looking for, and when you can meet up! You may get a response saying that they are already booked for that date, but don't worry, that's why you have a few on the list. After you have a few photographers that are willing to do the job and meet with you, it's time to get your questions ready.

The better your connection with the photographer, the better they are as an option for your wedding. They may have amazing photographs, but if you don't get along with them, then you don't want them there at your wedding. Your wedding photographers, will be there for the majority of the day following you around for photos.





Post-Production


Wedding photographers take photos in raw files format, which is a lot bigger than the usual JPG images which are used daily on things like our smartphones. Because of this, it gives the photographers a better ability to edit the photos to perfection. You have to make sure that your photographer does fix the snaps, or if they will charge more. Some photographers don't offer these services, and it can result in having photos that are disappointing when you receive them later on.

One thing to consider is that editing does take a significant amount of time. So, if you want your photos earlier, you may be able to ask them to send the regular photos your way before they have finished editing — a sneak preview of what's to come.

Overall, the aim of picking your wedding photographer is to make sure that you have stunning images to capture the glamour of that special day. Give yourself time to choose, as it is not easy. Ask friends, talk to previous customers of the photographer, and let yourself feel confident about choosing your photographer for your wedding day.