A wedding is an occasion of a lifetime. It does not happen everyday. Hence, the day must stay crystal clear in your memory. And here comes the reasons for hiring a good photographer. It really depends on this person's abilities to etch every detail with deftness and expertise, such that when you turn the pages of your album, it must appear as though you are turning the pages of your memory.
The first thing that must be kept in mind is that one should always hire a professional photographer. This is because, in the first place, a professional photographer will be timely. Many an unforgettable moment has been lost to posterity forever, because a photographer wasn't available at the right place at the right time! Punctuality is a key quality of the professional photographer. He will arrive at the wedding promptly, and also get the results on time.
But that is not the only reason professionals are preferable to amateurs. Apart from his punctuality, a professional photographer also has just the right equipment and film for photographing. Also, a professional is used to working with individuals, couples, and groups to make the formal photography go smoothly. Don’t grudge the professionals fee, because that is not an investment you are making, you are preserving your memory. You'll be getting your money's worth and more.
Choose the photographer after going to his studio and leafing through his collections. If you are satisfied with his repertoire, only then should you hire him. Look for an established and reliable photographer whose work moves you, whose technical quality is tops. After you have looked through a photographer's portfolio – seeing candids, formals and illustrative pictures – you will know if this photographer has the technique, style and spirit to be the eyes through which you and your children will like to see your wedding day for ever after.
What you need to watch out for when you are browsing through the photographer’s portfolio are the following:
a. Lighting quality.
b. Use of on-camera flash.
c. The finesse of outdoor and close-up photography.
d. Watch out for flattened faces, harsh reflections off of cheeks and foreheads, and dark shadows directly behind or next to the subjects.
One must also note the kind of camera that is used. There are five camera and film sizes used by wedding photographers. From smallest to largest they are:
a. Digital (1.8cm x 2.9 cm, not standardized)
b. 35mm (2.4cm x 3.6cm)
c. 6 45 "six-four-five" (4.5cm x 6cm)
d. 2 1/4 inches square (6cm x 6cm)
e. 2 1/4 inches square (6cm x 6cm)
Remember that except for mood shots, pictures should be sharp. Hence prints from a larger negative are better because they are sharper and less grainy.
After you have gone through the above points of consideration, you now have decided upon your photographer, then just sit back and relax and try to look tension-free and vibrant on your wedding day, to make each page of memory as lively as can be.