Five Tips to Hiring the Perfect Wedding Photographer
As a premier Phoenix-area wedding venue, Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club has been the location of choice for countless couples ready to tie the knot. Ask any recent newlywed and they will tell you the day flies by in the blink of an eye. Capture your special day by hiring a wedding photographer to document your big day. Here are a few tips and things to consider when booking your photographer:
Decide on Your Style: Do you want traditional wedding photos (think the classic style from your parents’ wedding) or something you would see in Vogue magazine? Photography styles vary, it’s important to find a photographer who captures photos in a style you prefer. Check out a photographer’s website, online portfolios and samples of work to determine if the style matches your vision.
Review Potential Photographers: Once you have a style locked down, book an appointment with a few different photographers. The person you hire will be present on one of the most important days of your life, you want to feel comfortable and trust your photographer, chemistry is a must!
Discuss Photo Rights: Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos they take at the wedding – in other words, the photographer can use them promotionally (on their website for example,) and you can't just post the digital proofs they send you. Most wedding photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you'll have to buy the rights to the images.
Hire A Professional: The saying, “you get what you pay for,” is very apparent with wedding photographers. Consider the booking as an investment as you will cherish the photos from this day for the rest of your life. To get quality photos, trust a professional instead of your family member or a friend who happens to have a camera.
Some photographers will also have a second qualified photographer for support, allowing them to capture the special day from multiple perspectives.
Create a Shot List: Draft a list of specific photos you want from your wedding i.e. photos with out-of-state family or in certain locations of your venue that are must-haves.
Consider these tips as you begin planning the start of your happily ever after. For more information on hosting your wedding or special event at Superstition Mountain, call us today at (480) 983-3200.