Unlike the other vendors that you hire to take care of your wedding in Brisbane, where you can see, touch or even taste what they do, a wedding photographer is different, you really don't know what you are getting until after the work is done. In order to find a good photographer you need to be prepared and know what you are looking for.
When considering hiring a Brisbane wedding photographer first start of settling on what kind of style you are going to want. Below are some ideas for different styles you choose from:
- Documentary – This would be candid or spontaneous shots instead of posed shots. They would take random shots of the people, the wedding decor and all the action of the wedding. Then they would compile these photos into a story format.
- Portraiture – This is for someone who wants the more classic portraits for their wedding album. This would be great for the traditional wedding photographer who takes posed shots of the bride and groom, wedding party, family members and friends behind specific backdrops.
- Fine Art – This is much like the documentary style but it gives the photographer a more artistic license to be able to infuse particular points of view into the photos. They will be grainier and more dreamier looking than regular photos.
- Edgy-Bold – This is a style that is an offshoot of the fine art style. It is famous for more outside the box photos, taken at tilted angles and done in unconventional framing.
Many wedding photographers in Brisbane might also be willing to blend a combination of the styles together as well and do a mix of black and white photos with color ones.
The next thing you need to do is your homework. Start off by finding some reviews on various photographers by browsing various different local listings. Visit different photographers websites as well as blogs to check out their gallery of photos they more than likely will have displayed on their sites. Also how well their design of their website is might also be a clue to how good of an eye they have as a photographer.
The next step would be to set up some interviews with the ones that you are most interested in. You really do need to meet your prospective photographer in person. If you like what they have to offer and their fees are in your range then see if they will be available for your wedding date. If the one you prefer is booked, don't be afraid to ask them if they have an associate that does the same kind of work that would be willing to do your wedding.
One final note, before making your decision, don't base it on just the photos you saw on their website, make sure to ask them if they have samples of actual wedding albums so that you can see for yourself in person what their finished product looks like.