It’s your special day and you’ve planed every single detail… this is the day you’ve dreamed of your entire life and everything needs to be PERFECT!… including, of course, your wedding memories… ‘cause remember: there’s only ONE chance to get them RIGHT!
With that being said, careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanor are extra important when choosing your wedding photographer.
Before you begin researching photographers, you’ll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer, as that will help determine which kind of photographer you’ll want shooting your wedding. Some of the most common styles include:
A traditional photographer generally treats every image as a posed portrait, with a mix of “candid” or spontaneous shots. Traditional wedding photographers look to capture perfect moments with artistry and dignity and generally produce excellent shots of the wedding party, families, and planned events.
PHOTOJOURNALISTIC OR REPORTAGE
This photographer will take the group shots you want but will also include candid and spontaneous images of people, décor and the action. With a purely photojournalistic photographer, you’ll very rarely see people staring at the camera—the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened, and together they tell a story.
Though it’s similar to documentary photography, this style gives the shooter greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs. So while the shots reflect reality, it’s the photographer’s reality.
These photographers specialize in expertly composed, well-lit portraits. They try to keep an unobtrusive presence at the reception in order to set up perfect, classical images. You won’t find them mingling or telling the crowd to “look at the camera” to come up with magic moments.
2. TO GO OR NOT TO GO WITH THE RESORT’S PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANY?
This is, without a doubt, one of the biggest concerns of couples getting married at Riviera Maya and Cancun Resorts, due to the excessive increase of external vendor fees, especially if you’re on a budget. But guess what?
- Most of the senior, experienced and recognized photographers in the area are independent vendors.
- With external photographers, you will always get a more personalized experience and service, plus maybe even customized packages designed specially for your specific needs.
- AND BEST OF IT: Some of the resort packages are very expensive, meaning that if you go with a freelance photographer, even after paying the fee, in some cases you’ll be saving money or getting complimentary stuff! Do your research and don’t be afraid of ask, many of them have great promos, discounts or are willing to negotiate with you to compensate in any way, the extra cost of hiring them vs. the resort.
3. EXPERIENCE vs. COST
Once you have identified a preferred style for your wedding memories, it’s very important to understand that for most of the professional photographers, this is an ART, not just a product!. In addition to a good portfolio, the best wedding photographers belong to worldwide-recognized associations like FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHERS and ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers). They also invest on equipment, software, marketing and memberships to be accredited and recognized, not to mention the years they’ve been on the market, learning, getting experience and improving their technical skills. It’s is important to have in mind that in addition to the hours you hired for your special day, the photographer will spend several hours working on your pictures.
Last, don’t forget that this is one of the situations where the cost of going “cheap” can be VERY expensive!
Planning a destination wedding can be even more stressful than planning a local wedding, specially if you haven’t been at the venue or if you don’t have the chance to personally meet your vendors. Here it’s when other couples’ experience becomes so important to build a trustful relationship with the vendor. Most of the recognized photographers in Cancun/Riviera Maya are listed on WEDDINGWIRE. Carefully read reviews, look for quality vs. quantity; do your research and even visit and analyze their social media presence and other testimonials.
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing your wedding photographer is RESPONSIVENESS. In a digital era, fast and clear communication is the key to show respect and consideration about our customer’s needs and time. Once you have chosen 2 or 3 photographers, request an interview call or even a video-conference: tell them about your love story, your expectations, ask them as many questions as possible and evaluate the connection between both of you.
5. AMOUNT OF PICTURES & DELIVERY TIMES
Wedding photography is one of the most important investments of your special day and of course, you want to get the most of it. Edited and/or Retouched pictures: this concept vary from one photographer to another. In some cases, it just involves a basic “color correction” and that’s not exactly what you’re looking for. A truly professional photographer, will deliver a decent amount of EDITED pictures (40 to 60 per hour), that includes the basic corrections of brightness, color, contrast and other factors, plus some retouching and adjustments that can require much more work, such as:
Brightening the eyes of the subject.
Fixing discolored or damaged teeth in a smile.
Minimizing acne or scars.
Softening the bags under eyes and wrinkles.
Enhancing face shapes, waist lines, upper arms, and other body parts.
Removing some background distractions
With that being said, editing is a very meticulous process that requires time in order to meet the customer’s expectations. An average time to receive your final wedding pictures is about 8 weeks; it also depends on the photographer’s agenda and amount of weddings they had during the season, but 2 months is a decent time frame. If you get your pictures sooner than that, including all the adjustments mentioned above, consider yourself a very lucky bride! 😉