You've got the commitment in your heart and the sparkle on your finger, and now it’s time to make all the arrangements to celebrate your big day. Naturally, you want everything to be perfect; your dress, your flowers, your guests, your venue… and most importantly, your memories. We, at Dynamic Images, are dedicated to capturing them for you through a fun, professional, stylistic approach guaranteed to make your heart sing. With all the information, advice, and ideas thrown at you upon announcing your good news, you’re bound to find yourself a little overwhelmed in more than one facet. Let us help you sort through some of the common misconceptions about photography by giving you some things to look for in a Calgary wedding photographer.
Finding the right wedding photographer in Calgary can be a tricky business when there are as many to choose from as there are in this thriving metropolis. We would like to provide you with a few helpful hints to help your with your search.
One of the first questions off your lips will likely be something in the nature of “Do I get a CD or the negatives of all my pictures?” While the correct answer to this question requires a mini-lesson in photography, you should know right off the bat that if you are immediately offered a CD of all your pictures, you will be getting low-quality images. This is because images are captured one of two ways; as a raw file or as a JPEG. Images going right onto a CD are captured as J pegs, which are compressed files. This means that the second the picture is taken, it’s already damaged, and the degradation is irreversible.
Ask yourself is it more important to have a professional experienced photographer and have great images or is the most important criteria owning your negatives and why? And yes it is possible with us.
You should be looking for a Full Service Calgary wedding photographer, who will provide you with a proof book of all your pictures. These images will have been captured as a raw file, meaning that they can be re-touched to accent lighting, skin tone, color, etc, thus enhancing the overall quality of your pictures. For pictures from something as important as your wedding day, they simply must be captured as a raw file. These are pictures you plan to frame and admire for the rest of your life, and you deserve to expect the best quality possible.
Something else to keep in mind when looking for a wedding photographer in Calgary is their reliability. Are they still going to be around and in business at the time of your wedding? Is your deposit going to be safe? Ask for references, referrals, testimonials. Any qualified wedding photographer should be happy to provide you with the names and contacts of previous weddings they’ve captured.
Look at the photographer’s style of work. Look at the pictures on their website and in their studio, and make sure they have the ability to do a mélange of work. You should see candid, formal, and photo journalistic representations.
Your wedding photographer should also offer some kind of weather/backup insurance, providing you with a safe haven for pictures to be taken in case the weather doesn't cooperate, or your desired location doesn't pan out. You will also want to make sure your photographer has liability insurance, to protect yourself from liability for any broken equipment or injuries they may sustain on the job.
In wrapping up your check list, one last thing to consider is the photographer’s range of work. A quality photographer will want to establish a lifetime relationship with you, capturing your unique images from your wedding through to the birth of your children, and the rest of your life’s monumental moments. A photographer who only does weddings might be in it just for the money, not concerned with ever seeing you again.
It is important to hire a professional photographer even if your budget is low, because even if you can’t afford to order prints right away you know that at least the images are captured, and can be ordered at a later time. Having a friend or two running around with a camera, even if they claim to be amateur photographers, can have devastating results that can never be repaired. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you deserve to remember it with beautiful, quality wedding photographs.
Your Calgary wedding photographer should also request a consultation. They should want to get to know you and your fiancé, learn your personalities, so they can accurately capture your wedding day to reflect your style. Allowing you to simply book off the internet and meet purely for a deposit tells you that they are not concerned with details, and as you know, your wedding is all about details.
At Dynamic Images, we offer reliable, full service photography, capturing the mood, ambiance, and atmosphere of your wedding, in a fun, professional approach. We understand that planning your wedding can be a costly, stressful time, and we want to work with you to make it the best it possibly can be. Rather than slotting you into a specific ‘package’, we want to build a package together with you to accommodate all your personal and financial needs and expectations. You and your wedding are unique, and should be given personal, individual attention in planning and preparation. We also give you a guaranteed discount, in writing, on your reprints for life. After your wedding, we provide you with a full proof book of your day, peppered with various accents and options, such as black and whites, sepias, solid and gradually faded borders, color accents, and much more.We want to develop a lifelong relationship with you, we want to know you and your family, and help you capture your family’s momentous events for the rest of your lives. For this reason, you can rest assured we provide you with full service right through to the end, not just the wedding day. Ask us about our special Calgary wedding photography packages.