We know how weddings can be. They are expensive. And sometimes in the sincere interest of trying to cut costs, people make decisions that later they wish they could take back. Frequently in the world of weddings, one of these decisions is related to who is going to photograph your big day. We know that Uncle Bill is well meaning and that he got a new toy last Christmas in the form of a pretty decent camera. And now he has approached you saying that he can save you some money by capturing all of your special moments all by himself. Again, we know that Uncle Bill is going to give it his very best shot, but we must remind you that documenting your wedding is one of the most important tasks that you will ever give to anyone.. There are so many details and things to know in terms of the equipment itself that we have to say that the chances of you being satisfied with what Uncle Bill gives you in terms of a finished product is slim to none. While we totally understand the urge to cut costs somewhere, there are plenty of other areas where you can save money. Do not and we repeat do not make your wedding photography one of them. We are here to help you with your search. The Cincinnati area has some absolutely fabulous professional wedding photographers, what you need is some help in finding and booking one of them. Here are some tips as to what you need to consider as you wander into the wild world of wedding photography.
What your very first decision in this area should be is determining photographic style you want your wedding captured in. Do not just give this a passing glance, really put some thought into it. Do you like a documentary style? Keep in mind that this would not include many posed photos. If you love posed photography, then you want to hire someone who specializes in portraiture. Fine art is a style that incorporates more of an artistic license. For those of you that love dramatic shots with special affects, this is for you. Then there is edgy-bold where you end up with images that are tilted with different angles. Figuring out what style you want is your first step.
Now you can start researching photographers in Cincinnati area. Search online for potential candidates. Read review pages to get the names of photographers who are doing great work according to brides and grooms. Check out the portfolios of potential photographers. Once you have some potential candidates to consider, see if they have your date available on their calendar. Arrange a face-to-face meeting. They should bring complete wedding shoots for your review. During your interview make sure you make note of each photographer's personality. Simply ask yourself, would I enjoy working with this person? Talk about what specifically you want captured. Do they have a shot list you can look at and how much can you customize this list?
How much are they going to cost? Look at their various packages. Make sure the package you like has enough coverage hours. If you need more, ask how much that would be. What if you want other activities captured like a stop at a park, a carousel ride, or the place you first met? Is that covered by the package or would those be extra? Who will own the rights to the photos taken? If you want ownership you will have to discuss how you can make this happen. Keep in mind that it can take up to two months to get your proofs. Find out if they retouch images? If so, is that an extra charge? We realize that there is a lot to consider. But believe us when we say that it is worth the time and effort that you put into it now in order to end up with the right photographer for you. We wish you well on your final decision. You will be very happy that you went with a professional.