Doug Rogahn Photography & Video
Choosing your Wedding Photographer
Hire the person, not just the studio. Many brides find it difficult to compare photographers, studios, packages, and prices. Each one has a different program. To make your selection easier we recommend you consider the "4-Ps" in choosing a photographer.
~ Photographer ~ Photographs ~ Policies and Procedures ~ Pricing ~
Hire the Photographer, not just the studio. Many studios have several photographers. Make sure you talk to the photographer that will be working your wedding. Does this person have ample experience? What kind of equipment do they use. Do they have backup equipmnent? Will you get along with them on your wedding day? How do they dress for your wedding? One of the most unexpected outcomes is to have a photographer who is to overbearing and controlling, or one that relies on you for all the direction and or posing.
Try to find a photographer who is accommodating, tactful and organized. Then you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. You can only answer these questions by talking with the photographer doing your wedding.
Judging the photographs can only be done by looking at the photographs shot by the person shooting your wedding, not just the studio. Look for picture clarity, lighting, posing of groups, variety of poses, quantity of poses taken, and if they do unique and creative photos.
Policies and Procedures:
You will want to find out the following information. How are the Proofs delivered? Are they in an album? Do you get to keep the Proofs'? How many Proofs are there? Will they go to a park or extra location? How maiiy hours will they be at the wedding? Will they bring a Photo Backdrop? Will relatives and friends be allowed to take photographs? Some studios insist that no one else take any photos. How long will the studio keep the negatives? When are the proofs delivered? When is my wedding order delivered? Will orders be separated by name? Get a written contract describing the Wedding Package you are to receive.
Prices and Value:
Studios have different ways to sell their services. Don't just look at a price to determine value. Check out the packages they offer and see if they offer what you want. Make sure you understand what you are getting for your money, and get it in a written contract. Value relates to more than just price. Take into consideration all the above, Photographer, Quality of photographs, Policies and Prices.
Pointers on Wedding Photography
- Book your photographer as soon as you know your date
- Hire the photographer, not just the studio.
- Judge the photographs from the photographer who will be doing your wedding.
- Understand the policies of the studio.
- Get a written contract and understand what you are signing.
- Send an invitation and map to your photographer.
- Plan a final meeting with your photographer to go over all the details of your day.
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