It’s 3 days after your wedding. For so long, you’ve wanted your big day to be remembered. You’ve wanted to be able to recall the faces you made before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. You’ve also wanted to see the moments you had with your loved ones, especially on the dancefloor. It’s only been 3 days, but it feels like a month already. So, you call your photographer for the 15th time since your wedding day. He or She reassures you and promises to send your images ASAP.
You feign annoyance and agree while secretly smiling and planning to call again the next day. A few months ago, during the planning, you remember debating whether you even wanted a photographer. Now, you’re glad you did because you just want to see the pictures and upload them to the gram.
Now back to reality, hiring a Nigerian wedding photographer is not as easy as it sounds. It doesn’t just start and end with a phone call. It involves so much more. So, how do you go about it?
Not to worry, I’ve got you covered. In this post, I’m going to discuss 5 tips for hiring a Nigerian wedding photographer. So, without any delay, let’s get down to business.
1. The Photography style
Before you hire a photographer, ask yourself: Do I like this style of photography? Do I want this for my wedding photos? Simply admiring the work won’t do. You need to admire the photography style as well.
In fact, I think it’s better to have a style in mind before you begin your hunt for photographers. After all, every photographer out there has a style they’re more suited to. Knowing what you want beforehand will help you get a photographer you are comfortable with.
By going online, you’ll get to see a variety of wedding photography styles, from documentary and traditional to portrait and natural. Once you decide on a style, you only need to search for a photographer that can bring your ideas to life.
2. The Budget
It is often said that wedding photography in Nigeria is expensive. And that’s true. But like every other thing, having a solid budget will help. That said, it is not easy to decide on a certain price. Still, you don’t have to get worked up over it. Just have an idea of what you are willing to spend, and ask your photographer for package plans. Any professional would work with you to arrive at a price that will benefit both parties.
For more information about the photography budget, see our article on Average Price of a Nigerian Wedding Photographer
3. The Reviews
You have a photographer in mind, you have seen their work, and you like the style. Above all, their package plans are what you budgeted for. So, should you hire now? Not yet. You need to know just how good the photographer is. And believe me, there isn’t a better way of doing so than checking out the customers’ reviews.
People will let you know if they had a good experience with a photographer. And if the opposite is the case, there are sure to be a lot more comments. It’s just how the world works. A quick check of their IG comment section should help.
So, make sure to go over the reviews, it will help you gather trust in your photographer. If you still have any doubts, make sure that you clear them during your initial meeting with the photographer.
4. The Final product
During the chat with your photographer, let them know how you want your photos. Do you want an album and prints, or will you be fine with digital copies alone? Whatever you decide, be sure to tell your photographer as early as you can. It would help your photographer know what you expect and how to deliver.
What’s more, the final product you want has a large role to play in pricing. For instance, a wedding album will cost you extra when compared to digital copies. Knowing this can help you in saving costs.
5. Get along with your photographer
While you decide on your budget, and output formats, also take time to get to know your photographers. You may find out some common interests and get along with them in the long run. But how will this help?
Once you and your photographer are on the same page, you will work better together to make your day memorable.
Here at Ash Robin, we’re ready to work with you and carry you along the whole process. So, contact us, and let’s get to know each other!
Conclusion: Hiring a Nigerian Wedding Photographer
As mentioned earlier, hiring a Nigerian wedding photographer is not as easy as it sounds. To get a photographer that will live up to your expectations, you need to be ready to go the extra mile. Of course, I mean this figuratively ?.
But by applying our 5 tips for hiring a Nigerian wedding photographer, I’m sure you’ll be able to get a photographer that’ll make your dream wedding a reality.