Choosing your Durban based Wedding Photographer
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions you will make for your wedding day and hopefully you see it as one of your biggest investments as well. The Durban Wedding Photography market presents photographers from all segments and it may be quite a daunting task to choose the perfect photographer for your wedding. From the super enticing prices to some who claim to offer a high-end service, you will discover them all.
So let’s pretend that you’ve never thought about hiring a Durban wedding photographer before. What do you look for and how do you know when you’ve found your perfect fit? I have taken time to write down a few things you should consider when choosing your wedding photographer which should help you make a better decision.
You’re probably a millennial and price is a HUGE factor when making decisions about anything that requires you to utilize any part of your bank balance but, should price be your first consideration? – No ,here’s why.
In an ideal world, you’d pay a super cheap rate and get the worlds best photographer. Sadly, this isn’t true and you get what you pay for most of the time. This isn’t to say that there aren’t really amazing photographers who are also affordable but, price is usually a good indicator of the overall value of the photographer’s product and experience they offer. I intentionally placed PRICE first on the list simply because it shouldn’t be the FIRST thing you look at.
Let’s be real. Not everyone has an unlimited budget that can get them anything, so the price vs value ratio is a huge limiting factor. Couples don’t really know how much to budget for photography. Most Google “Wedding Photographers in Durban” to request wedding photographers packages and find that photographers are so diversely priced. Some give up, just price-match around a particular number and hire the person that falls within their budget and available for their dates. This is definitely not the best way to do it as you prevent yourself from discovering slightly more expensive photographers who offer more value and an overall better experience for you.
CREATIVITY, TECHNICAL ABILITY AND STYLE.
The better way to go about finding your ideal wedding photographer in Durban is to set the bar slightly higher and include photographers that may not be in your initial budget. Along with falling within a particular budget, you have to decide if the photographer’s style fits you and your personality. The easiest way to get an idea of the photographer’s style is simply to look at their online wedding gallery / social media posts. Most wedding photographers produce work that is consistent with a particular style and have a set way of grading their images during post production.
Find out what kind of style you like and narrow down your options. If you like more documentary style images, then you should consider someone whose wedding portfolio showcases documentary style imagery. This goes for every other style as well. Keep in mind that not every photographers style is the same and while some may be strong in one particular style, they may fall short in other areas that may be important to you. My personal style is very balanced as I try to capture both the elegance and joy in each wedding.
MEETING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
I cant stress enough how important it is to have at least one consultation with your Durban Wedding Photographer before you make a formal booking with them. I personally do not confirm ANY wedding photography bookings util I have met with the couple and we mutually agree that we are a good fit for each other.
Every photographer will have a different approach to how they handle pre-booking consultations but, I suggest you insist on meeting with your photographer at a neutral location that’s quiet and free of any distractions and noise. Ask your photographer to bring along a printed version of their wedding photography sample albums so you can have an idea of what your album quality would be like. Use the meeting to get to know your photographer and gauge their interest in YOU as a couple. Are they more interested in selling their packages or finding out how they can tell your story? Make sure that you are more than just ‘another couple’ to them.
Ask your photographer as many questions as you can. Try to be perceptive of their personality and be open about wanting to know if you gel. Remember, your photographer will be spending at least 10 hours with you ON the wedding day and may spend more time at other sessions and events. You do not want to be stuck with someone who doesn’t get you and your vision for your wedding. It could get ugly if you butt heads and disagree on the day so make sure you vibe well with each other even before you book them.
Make sure you discuss your wedding details and ask for advice on times and locations. Your wedding photographer should be able to answer any questions you have as well as offer professional recommendations that may benefit you and your experience. Discuss details such as package options and make sure they know about any concerns you may have about ANYTHING. The meeting is about YOU and YOU should be able to get your answers and feel at ease.
If you feel like you’re discussing your wedding and chatting as if you’ve known each other for years, they could be the perfect fit for you!