All right -
your photographer is a member of a professional photographic association
and has medium format apparatus. What else do you look for in a wedding
photographer? First and foremost, you must view the photographer's work.
Not only should your photographer show you a variety from different
weddings, but should also show you a sample of one entire wedding. This
way you can see if your photographer can produce quality throughout the
event, not just a lucky shot from different weddings. Don't be afraid to
ask questions about how they would handle different situations, such as
crying children, obnoxious relatives or fainting bridesmaids. If you are
not comfortable with their answer, maybe you should look somewhere else.
There are many types of professional photographers covering a vast
spectrum of classifications. Though your photographer may be a skilled
nature, commercial, baby or pet photographer, it takes a different skill
set to photograph weddings.
A great advantage of choosing a
photographer that is a member of a professional photographer's association
is that they have the opportunity to become qualified and recognized.
member of the Professional Photographers of Ontario, the photographer must
qualify, within two years of joining, to retain membership. The letters
displayed after a photographer's name, FPPO, APPO and LPPO indicate that
the photographer has passed precise levels of the qualification program.
Accreditation, a national designation from the Professional Photographers
of Canada (P.P.O.C.), proves that the photographer is capable of
delivering above average quality in a given category, such as wedding
photography. It also means that the photographer books up pretty fast,
sometimes up to a year in advance.
When you are going to book your
wedding photographer, put your trust in a professional. Look for
membership in a professional organization such as the Professional
Photographers of Canada. Ask about certification and qualification. Look
at the work of the photographer in fact shooting your wedding. Ask
questions, lots of them. Keep in mind - you get what you pay for.