How To Choose The Perfect Lagos Wedding Photographer For You

Wedding Photography in Nigeria

Top Lagos wedding photographer Wani Olatunde, offers brides getting married in Nigeria advice on choosing the right photographer for your Lagos wedding.

Choosing a wedding photographer is like choosing the perfect dress to a special event. The right one will make you feel and look like a superstar, the wrong one – well we’ve all been there and it wasn’t pretty. So what are some of the things you need to consider when picking a wedding photographer? As someone who was once a bride and is now specialises in wedding photography, allow me to make a few suggestions:

1) PERSONALITY

Ok – so personality is two-fold. First of all you need someone you get along with because you will be spending a minimum of 8 to 10 hours with this person on your wedding day. Then you also need someone who is confident and can take charge and direct people during key parts of the day such as the portrait sessions after the ceremony. A fun, laid back photographer can actually help put everyone at ease making them a lot more comfortable, which will mean much more fabulous images. So choose wisely. 🙂

bridesmaids in peach grecian dresses have fun at wedding in alausa park photo

2) COVERAGE

You need to be clear about what you want covered during the day to ensure you get adequate coverage from your wedding photographer. Typical coverage for a wedding is 8 hours for a traditional wedding or 10 hours for a white wedding in Lagos depending on the length of your wedding programme. It is pretty much the norm now to have coverage start from the morning during the bride and groom preparation and end just after you have your first dance.

Be careful though, some wedding photographers keep costs low by including only a couple of hours of coverage and you may end up having to spend a lot more money to get the coverage you want. So if comparing photographers, be sure to ask about the number of hours of coverage being offered and if they say “All day coverage” – again clarify exactly how many hours that includes. Never assume; it could prove costly.

gorgeous bride and groom enjoy a quiet moment at bon voyage hotel wedding photo

3) WEDDING ALBUMS

I wholeheartedly believe that every couple should get a beautiful album as a keepsake from the wedding. Think about it, when was the last time you had any of your images printed? In another 5 to 10 years, our current technology will become obsolete and how will we share one of the most important days of our lives with our children? A printed wedding album becomes a beautiful heirloom, which can be passed down from generation to generation.

Most lagos photographers offer a range of beautiful, professional wedding albums, so you just need to decide what kind of album best represents you as a couple. Things to ask include: i) How many pages come in the wedding album? ii) How many images will be  included? iii) What cover options are available for my wedding album?

Cost saving tip: It is definitely worth asking about the album at the initial meeting as wedding photographers often offer a significant discount for purchasing your album upfront.

bride and groom enjoy a kiss at apapa wedding photo

4) NUMBER OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

The number of photographers you will need on your wedding day depends on i) the number of guests you are expecting and ii) if you would like both the bride and groom preparation covered. A lot of photographers these days actually come as a two man team as it allows one photographer to focus on working with your group and directing the day while the second photographer can concentrate more on the wedding guests and general reactions. As a general rule of thumb, I would say a wedding with over 400 guests should have at least two photographers documenting the event. So unless you are one of the lucky few who manage to convince your parents that the whole of Lagos does not mean to be at your wedding – you will definitely need two to three wedding photographers to cover your wedding to ensure adequate coverage. I’m just saying… 🙂

bride and groom pose after wedding at federal palace in victoria island photo

5) PRICE

Money, money, money! While price is always a factor when selecting your wedding photographer, it definitely should not be the only thing that matters (unless, of course, you just need some snapshots of the day and are not interested in beautiful, storytelling wedding images). I can’t count the number of horror stories from brides who made a decision on their wedding photography based purely on price and have since regretted it. When it’s all said and done, the food, drinks and cake are all gone, your beautiful flowers are dead, your designer dress is packed away and your wedding photography (and videography) will be all you have to remember just how amazing your wedding day actually was. I love it when my brides tell me that viewing their images is like reliving their beautiful day all over again. Photography is a learned skill and like so many other things in life, you get what you pay for, so please choose wisely.

Ok, so these are a couple of tips, which should help set you on the right track in picking the perfect photographer for your wedding. If you are planning a beautiful wedding in Lagos and are looking for a photographer who not only delivers beautiful images but is on hand to help make the planning process that much less stressful, then be sure to contact me right here or via wani@waniolatunde.com, so we can chat some more about your fabulous day. In the meantime, happy wedding planning. 🙂

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