“Photos are such an integral part of the wedding experience,” says Nadine Ziegeldorf, owner of Hoi An Events. “Consider your photographer as a guest of honor. He or she is not only shooting the event but also capturing the emotion of the day. Allow them the room they need to make that emotional connection with you and your party.”
Choose the best photographer for you
It is important that you get to know your photographer before the wedding day and that you both have the same vision for your shots. Don’t be daunted by the task though, as Hoi An Events has worked with many professional Vietnamese and western photographers over the past six years that have left our clients both happy and satisfied.
Before selecting your photographer you should consider the kinds of photos you would like. Are you going for a classic look? Vintage? Edgy? What do you want your photos to say about you and your wedding?
Hoi An Events suggests that while you may not be able to meet your photographer in person before you commit, a Skype call with them can alleviate any pre-arrival stress. Make sure to communicate what you are looking for with both words and sample photos. It is often helpful to make a list of the shots you know you would like to have and share them with your photographer before you start shooting.
What you should be looking for
Be sure to look carefully through their portfolio with a critical eye. Ask to see whole wedding collections, not just highlights. Check for consistency in their work. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something or ask further questions.
Consider how the photographer frames their subjects, their use of light and composition, and if they have appropriately captured emotion in their shots. There is nothing worse than getting back a bunch of shots if you and your loved ones looking like a herd of deer in headlights!
The nitty gritty
Remember that most photographers work on an hourly basis. Hoi An Events’ photographers offer full day and half day packages.
Take into account what you would like to have photographed. Do you only want the ceremony and after party? Or would you also like candid shots of the preparation or pre-wedding day events? Make sure to set aside a significant chunk of your budget for photographer fees so you aren’t stuck with novice photos or something you are not happy with.
Work with your photographer
We know the day is exciting and the last thing you want to do is spend it posing for photos. But it is important to work with your photographer and give them the appropriate time to get the shots you want.
Likewise, consider that your photographer will need ample time to retouch your photos depending on specified edits. Some photographers offer simple editing services with their wedding packages — correcting lighting, tone and contrast — where as others offer full Photoshop edits. It is important to clarify the retouching that you expect before working together. Hoi An Events photographers typically deliver proofs within four weeks.
We are here to mitigate stress and maximize comfort
Picking your wedding photographer should be a fun, stress-free experience. If you have any questions about how to pick the right photographer for you, please reach out and we will be more than happy to help you make the best decision based on your personal style and needs.