Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but what’s more challenging is finding a skilled Korean pre-wedding photographer who’ll direct your Korean wedding shoot and capture all the best moments of your wedding. No need to worry though, since we’ve listed down the best tips on how you can actually find and work with one to achieve fabulous-looking wedding photos.
- Do Your Research Early On. Start doing some research on your potential photographer about a year before your actual wedding day by browsing through various wedding site or blogs, and asking a number of newlyweds for some good recommendations. Look at some highlight galleries of weddings for each Korean pre-wedding photographer to get a good sense of their photography style and quality. Once you’ve decided on a certain photographer, ask if you can see his full wedding gallery to decide whether or not he’s the photographer you really want to work with.
- Assess the Photographer’s Style and Skills. While reviewing your potential photographer’s photos, consider looking into some key moments that you want to be captured at your own wedding. Was he able to get shots that you like? Also, look for thoughtful compositions where the people looked relax and not spooked out by the camera.
- Schedule a Meeting. You can’t and shouldn’t asses a photographer based on looks alone. Once you’re done short-listing those whose works you liked – and have determined that they’re on your price range – try setting up a video-chat or a personal meeting. You should feel comfortable working with this person as he’ll be shadowing each of your move during your wedding day, while also interacting with your guests.
- Compare Packages. Another great way to decide on which photographer to hire is to compare their packages. Just like how you evaluated your bridal boutique package, ask the person about the services that are included in his standard package, along with all the additional fees. Find out the number of shooting hours included, since most Korean wedding photography packages include about eight shooting hours to cover everything from your preparation time to the end of your reception.
- Decide on the Number of Your Shooter(s). Most bridal studios that offer photography services in Singapore often have more than one photographer on their staff, and depending on the contract you signed, their lead photographer might not be the one shooting your wedding day. Each professional has their own technique and style, so make sure that the photographer you interviewed will be the one who shoots your wedding. Also, most top-notch pros often have a second shooter included in their Korean wedding package so that one can shoot the formal photos, while the other work on capturing the cocktail hour.
- Check for References. Although reading some online reviews are great, speaking to a previous client is actually better when you’ve finally decided to hire a photographer. Ask the couple whether the person got the shots that they wanted, and if they were happy and satisfied with the services provided by that particular photographer.
- Sign Your Contract. Once you’re done choosing your photographer, sign a contract that has everything explained – from the exact date of your wedding, the hours they’ll be covering for the post-production work, and how you’ll receive their final product. Ensure that all of the important details are clearly stated on your contract, and that your photographer agrees to it and signs it.
- Schedule Your Engagement Shoot. Having a pre-wedding shoot kills two birds with one stone. Not only is it a great opportunity to warm up to your photographer, you’ll also be able to give him some feedback about the shots that you liked and didn’t like before your wedding day.
- Create a Shot List. One good way to make the most out of your wedding day shoot is to create a list of shots you want to be taken and inform your photographer about those shots. State whether you want to have shots set in black and white, and don’t forget to mention décor items that you really want to be captured. Also, attach some sample photos of yourself that you think you look amazing in so that he’ll know how you’d want to look on your wedding day photos.
- Set a Realistic Schedule. During your wedding day, everything will take much time than you think, from simply getting your hair done to getting dressed. Apart from that, there’s a big chance that mishaps will also happen – from going through the terrible traffic to misplacing your vows – so do set a strict wedding day schedule that’ll leave your photographer with some extra time to deal with these mishaps without cutting on your photography session.
- Take First-Look Photos Beforehand. Don’t want to miss even a minute of your cocktail hour? Then have your portrait photos takes before the wedding ceremony. An added bonus: You won’t feel nervous walking down the aisle, and your hair and makeup are still perfectly fresh for the photos.
- Enjoy the Day. As much as possible, avoid sweating out the small stuff and just enjoy your wedding day. Let your photographer keep you on schedule, frame some good shots and decide what will look best on your shot. Also, keep yourself from always looking for the camera. Just enjoy the moment and let it capture you laughing with your friends or quietly chatting with your new spouse. Remember, it’s the photographer’s job to worry about capturing those amazing moments.
Hiring the right wedding photographer is definitely one of the most mind-boggling tasks in planning a wedding. But by following the aforementioned tips, you’ll definitely be able to find the photographer that can answer and deliver all of your wedding photography needs.