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Planning a wedding is an exciting experience and with some industry knowledge choosing your suppliers can be much simpler. Here are 5 tips to choosing a wedding photographer.

1. Is the Photographer an AIPP member ?
Have a look through the AIPP membership (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers). Members of the AIPP have a code of conduct they have to abide by to remain a member and they also need to have photography as their main source of income. This will determine as to whether they are a “Professional” or a “Hobbyist” Which would you prefer?

2. Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork
Do you understand the contract. Is it fair? Is everything spelled out? When it comes down going to court, only what is WRITTEN really counts, not what was promised. Make sure that you have no doubts before signing. What does it say about cancellations and the photographer not being there? If the photographer protests, ask him why? This is one area NOT to take lightly. You could be disappointed for a long time. Read it ALL. If you are not comfortable or don’t understand anything then DO NOT sign it.

3. Price V’s Budget
If you have a budget then stick to it, don’t be afraid to only purchase what you can afford and DONT feel pressured, if you are being pressured to book or sign a contract then walk away. Your wedding photography regardless of budget is a large investment and one that should be made with confidence.

4. Photographic Style
Are the images that you are shown, what you would like to see? There are “buzz” words flying about everywhere about photojournalism, formal, classic candid, and so on. Do you want a mixture of black and white or only colour photos? Ask to see samples of full weddings not just a few albums with the best pictures from several weddings. So often brides book their photographer based on a few images and are disappointed later, family portraits whilst are not overly artistic are very important.

5. Be Prepared
When you meet with your prospective photographer interview them, be armed with all the questions you need to know. Here are some questions to ask?

1. How long have they been a wedding photographer?
2. Who will be your photographer on the day?
3. Why does your photographer like to photograph weddings?
4. What is their style of photography?
5. Do they have a list of references with contact details?
6. How soon and in which format are you photographs presented?
7. How long does it take to have the album ready?
8. Are there any additional costs to be expected after the wedding?
9. What kind of equipment do they use?
10. Do they belong to any associations?

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