Wedding planning entails a lot of decision making. Among the major decisions you will make is how to photograph the entire event and who will be doing it. Wedding photography plays a crucial role as it will serve as your only remembrance of the moments that happened in your wedding. This is the very reason why many Singapore brides dedicate plenty of time in meticulously planning their wedding photography. To help ease the burden, here’s a list of important points in keeping your wedding photography planning on track.
1. Decide on the style of photography
Generally, wedding photography has three categories: traditional, photojournalistic, and a combination of both. Traditional wedding photographers work more on directed poses, and are great in manipulating artificial lightings. Conversely, a photojournalist works by documenting the whole affair, without directing anyone to pose for the camera. Real emotions and actions are photographed as they happen. Also, photojournalists rely more on natural lighting, contrary to the artificial light manipulation of traditional photographers.
2. Interview the photographer face-to-face
The job of the photographer is very important. So, be sure to ask whether the portfolio you are viewing is the work of the one you’re interviewing. Many Singapore photography studios assign a staff to negotiate with their client and send a different person to cover the wedding. If this is the case, insist to meet the one assigned to photograph your wedding. It is essential for you to know his personality and feel comfortable with his presence in your wedding.
3. Discuss your expectations
The most important thing you need to do when planning for your wedding photography is to discuss with your photographer what you want to achieve. Many photography companies in Singapore can provide you a list of essential shots to help you plan. Though this is a good start, the pre-made list is usually generic and doesn’t show the specific kind of images you wish to have. In order for them to fully grasp your idea of perfection, communicate and explain what you want to see in the finished products.
4. Allow enough time for photographs
Usually, formal photographs are taken after the wedding. So for example, if you’re wedding ends by 6:30, give at least 45 minutes to one hour allowance for picture taking before calling the limo to pick you up – same thing with “before-the-ceremony” schedule. If you’re planning to have a couple of poses with your bridesmaids before the ceremony starts, make sure everybody arrives 20 to 30 minutes early.
5. Put everything into writing
Everything included in the package and discussed verbally should be stated in the contract, including the name and price of the package, name of the photographer(s), the number of photographs expected to be delivered, expected arrival date of the finished product, and so on. If there will be extra charges applied in case of overtime or change of venue, have it spelled out on the contract. Read and understand every single thing stated on the agreement before affixing your signature on it.
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