One of the most important professional figures for an adequate organization of the ceremony is certainly the photographer: the goal is to capture the most exciting and happy moments, creating memories that can be relived at any time.
The choice of the photographer is essential, which is made following a very specific process.
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If you are thinking of getting married in 2022, I guess so many questions are running over in your head! When should I contact the photographer? How can I choose the best one, in tune with our personality and our way of life? What are the contractual terms? Let’s find out together… knowing full well that these are not fixed steps, but only suggestions for tidying up a bit.
Decide the date of the event
When will you get married? In spring or autumn? Choosing the date of the event is a fundamental step because the whole organization depends on it. Choose the spring season, if you prefer an outdoor ceremony, or the winter season if you love nostalgic atmospheres. Would you like to get married by the sea, or in the high mountains? Summer could be fine too, as long as you take into account the temperature, which can be a bitter enemy. In this case, also carefully establish the time of the ceremony: a beautiful sunrise or a beautiful sunset can solve any problem and create the right atmosphere, even in August. Define the date, before contacting the photographer, so that you can evaluate their availability in advance.
Define the style of the event
Before even looking for the right photographer for the ceremony, it is essential to understand what the style of the event will be and what your needs are. Would you like a themed wedding? Do you prefer traditional photographs or would you like to leave room for creativity and freedom? Yay or nay to family photos? Is the reportage style, based on maximum naturalness, in your strings? Start imagining the style you would like for your wedding, in order to choose the photographer most in line with your personality.
Evaluate the budget available
I know, it may seem venal to talk about money, when all that matters is the love that binds you and the wonderful day you are about to live… But this is also an element to take into consideration, because it significantly affects the choice of the photographer. An adequate budget allows you to have a photographer available from morning to evening, with all the related services, such as an inspection before the event and an accurate post production.
Search for the photographer
The research of the photographer must be conducted well in advance in order not to risk organizing in an incorrect way. Photographers, in fact, are always very busy, especially if they are in high demand. It is essential to start the research at least 6 months in advance so that you can properly choose the professional figure you need. Who’s going to be the best photographer in 2022? Search the web, read customer reviews, look carefully at the photoshoots made, talk to your friends: create a list and contact your favorite photographers, the one that most impressed your sensitivity. If I am one of these, do not hesitate to write or call me: I will be happy to meet you and discuss with you, putting all my experience at your disposal.
Meet/get to know the photographer
Once the possible professionals for the event have been identified, it is advisable to organize an interview in order to establish contact with the photographers and to understand their skills and their style. For an efficient choice, it is essential to understand how he works and his style. It is of fundamental importance to raise doubts and questions so that we can be as transparent and clear as possible.
When choosing, it is essential to remember not only to evaluate technical skills but also to consider the relationship to be established with the photographer on a personal level. Working with an unpleasant person with whom you have little feeling is counterproductive and could damage the organization of the event. In my experience as a professional wedding photographer, I have welcomed countless couples in my studio in Rome with great pleasure, but when the distance prevented it, it was also nice to get to know each other via Skype and meet in person only on the day of the event. Thanks to the new means of communication, everything becomes easy!
Evaluate a formula/contract
After contacting the photographers who most seem to meet your needs, it is important to concretely evaluate the quote and make a decision. The contract is a fundamental component for the final choice of the photographer, so it must be clear, legible, and transparent. In fact, it is necessary to include the services offered and the extras, everything must be specified according to a specific date and time. Post-production work must also be contextualized, so as to precisely define delivery times
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