So you`ve chosen the Dominican Republic as the ultimate destination for your wedding and you’re all set with the venue. Congratulations! You`ve made the right choice! The Dominican Republic with its colorful scenery, positive vibe and romantic atmosphere is an idyllic location for your big day. You`ve achieved a lot so far! Now is the time for an equally important step – picking a wedding photographer in the Dominican Republic. No pressure- it might feel overwhelming, but breaking down this task into smaller pieces will help calm your nerves and hopefully our tips for choosing a wedding photographer will simplify your search.
This advice may sound too obvious to be mentioned, but the trick here is to pay attention to these specifics:
Shooting on a bright day outdoors is completely different from caching a moment inside a dim place. While scrolling down the portfolio ask yourself this question – how good is the photographer when using light? It would be preferable if you can find pictures from a similar venue like yours. This would allow a more realistic assessment and you will be able to see the quality that you can expect from your photos and decide if you are satisfied with it.
First decide on the photography style that you like. When you know what you want, it is much easier to make a choice.
- Photojournalistic style? When a photographer blends into the crowd and captures the moments that will come together at the end to fully reflect your unforgettable event.
- Traditional? Classic portraits with you two lovebirds and your nearest and dearest. The gurus of this style can make even these predictable photographs look original and fresh.
- Fine art? Every image will be a piece of art, but only if you are ready to trust your photographer`s taste completely. His/her perspective can create some truly unique and arty pictures.
What feelings do you want to evoke while looking at your photos? Light or dramatic, vivid or deep, positive or intimate? Do you both know what you want? Now make sure that your photographer’s style matches your vision.
- Beyond the portfolio
Not only should the portfolio speak for the photographer, but also the website and social media channels. Do you like how the website looks? Read the reviews, blogs and articles, responses in the comments should give you clues about the quality and aptitude of the professional that you are short listing.
- Are you on the same page?
The number one priority is your comfort and joy on the day that will stay in your memories forever. Think of the photographer as a friend who will enhance your wedding with a supportive smile, an icebreaking joke and who will be able to organize your guests for a group photo, making them feel at ease. That is why an interview where you can meet in person or via Skype is recommended. Even a short conversation will help you assess the vibe of the person who will be one of the unsung heroes of your wedding.
There is a subtle line between years of experience and being innovative. Think about some questions that would help you understand how close your photographer is to the ideal mixture. How many weddings has he/she shot? What was the most challenging situation he/she has experienced in a wedding and how did he/she resolve it? If we are talking about a lot of years of experience, note if he/she is familiar with the latest trends.
Is an assistant truly necessary? Not always! Yet it would be nice if you have 100+ guests on the list. Precious moments will be captured from more angles.
Organize a brief tour of your venue for the photographer in advance and show the places and small details that you imagine should be on your pictures. If you haven’t decided on the location yet, this article will provide you with a list of venues for a photo sessions in The Dominican Republic (Top 5 places…)
- Plan ahead
Get creative and brainstorm with your photographer about which objects can be used to improve the background atmosphere – letters, candles, bubbles, umbrellas etc.
Discuss the timing for every phase that you want to shoot – preparation, reception, couple session, individual and family portraits, wedding party etc.
- Legal Questions
Important matters to discuss:
- What will happen if the photographer gets ill or will not be able to attend the wedding due to other circumstances?
- What will happen if the date of the wedding has to be changed?
- Who will have the rights to the images?
Some photographers do not give the copyright to their works which means you will need his/her permission each time you want to post a photo online.
Also if you do not want your photos to be posted by anyone without your permission, tell them beforehand and have it written down on paper.
How much does a wedding photographer cost? Wedding photography pricing vary dramatically from one professional to another and sometimes it is hard to understand why.
Tips to consider:
Your wedding photos will be with you all your life as your cherished memories, and your kids and grandkids will look at them trying to imagine that magical day. It is definitely something that you should consider paying the extra dollar for better results. Choose the best cost/value offer from your shortlist of photographers whose photos you loved.
Talk about every detail, find out if there may be any additional costs and choose a photographer who is flexible adjusting a package to your needs.
- Is pre-wedding shooting necessary?
We say go for it. You will build trust with the photographer, give him/her a chance to find out what works best for you, get nice pictures in a different place and clothes and have fun with your second half.
You can follow all our advice for how to choose a photographer for a wedding, take one or two into consideration or forget it and listen to your heart, because only you know which professional would suit you best. If you see a photo and easily imagine yourself in it, then that would be a good reason to choose the composer of that photo as your wedding photographer.