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Who is the best wedding photographer in the Netherlands?

A big question for most wedding couples, which is difficult to find an answer to. There is an infinite number of photographers, A lot of wedding photo competitions and many fantastic wedding photos. In this article, I will help you find the answer to this question.

Who is the best wedding photographer in the Netherlands?

The answer to this question

The answer to the question of who is the best wedding photographer in the Netherlands, Europe or even the world is actually very simple:

It is the photographer who best suits you as a wedding couple in terms of price, photographic style and personality!

This is of course not a clear answer and the question is actually impossible to answer without going deeper into the matter. The reason for this is that photography is an art form and that in art it is very difficult to identify a 'best'. Just think of other artists such as painters and musicians. Ask 10 different people who is the best musician in the world and you will get 10 different answers. Even if you ask the question more specifically and ask who is the best rapper, you will also get different answers. That is how it works in photography, even if you specifically mention the style of wedding photography.

Wedding photography contests

There are numerous competitions for wedding photographers in the world. Some focus more on the local market while others cater to wedding photographers from around the world. Photos submitted here are sometimes audience awards, but in general the judging is done by respected photographers from around the world. The winners of these competitions can often call themselves 'the best photographer of .....' and in my opinion they deserve these prizes, often because the photos that win are real top quality. Whether the photographers are really worthy of that title is at the discretion of their customers. These are the people who have paid for the service and can judge the complete package they offer.
That does not mean that I do not find the contests valuable. In fact, I participate in it myself. For me it is a way to remain critical of myself and have my work constantly assessed by others. For wedding couples, the contests are useful tools to find photographers who suit them. Photos that win are often top quality and styles vary enormously. So there is something for everyone and that is exactly what you want as a wedding couple, it is the perfect tool to get an impression of the many top photographers who produce fantastic work.

These are the competitions I participate in:

There are so many wedding photographers, personalities, so many different styles, and they all have different prices. Plenty of choice, but that might make it even more difficult to make the decision to eventually book your photographer for the wedding.

So the challenge is for you to find the best wedding photographer for your wedding There are things that can help when looking for the right person and that is why I will go into the 3 points that are crucial to the choice of the photographer who will capture the most beautiful day of your life:

  • Photographic style
  • The photographer's personality
  • Pricing

Wedding photography style

Another simple question to which a simple answer can be given: Do you like the photos? If the answer to this question is 'no', you can keep on searching. But in many cases the answer will be 'yes' and there will be still a very large group of photographers who may be suitable. Making a choice in style is therefore important for choosing the right person.

You can also divide the style into categories to determine what you like. Think about what appeals to you in terms of style when looking at a photographer's portfolio. And with the help of the following points, also think about why the style might appeal to you:

  • Originality
    Do you find unique photos important or are you specifically looking for a type of photos that you see more often in wedding photography?
  • Creativity
    A photo can be taken in many ways. From different angles and distances, with different compositions, the use of available light or flashes and with a range of different lenses and cameras, each with its own character. Why does a photo appeal to you from a creative perspective?
  • Post-processing and colors
    This is a hugely important factor in photography, it can make or break a photo. Certain colors evoke emotions, so the photo itself and the post-processing style must match so that they complement each other in the end result. For example, black and white can also give a completely different experience to a photo. Pastel colors and warm bronzy colors have recently become the trend, is this something that suits you? Or do you like a more colorfull timeless look?
  • Emotioal aspect
    A good photo evokes an emotion in the person viewing it. The emotional reaction is of course increased tenfold when it's also a memory from your own experience. Because of this some photos will mean much more to the wedding couple than, for example, to the guests. But if you as an 'outsider' already think something like: "WOW, what a beautiful moment that must have been!" then this photo has a much greater impact for people who have actually experienced the moment. Imagine what this is like for you as soon as you see those moments in the photos and think of the emotion that emerges when you relive those events.
  • The scene or story
    Some photographers focus purely on moments, others are mainly concerned with a technically perfect picture. Some excel in the use of flash light and others prefer to stay more in the background. Another simple question: Is what you see in the photos, something you value to see in your own photos?

The photographer's personality

In addition to the photographic style, the photographer's personality is also extremely important. Just think about it, this is someone who is very close to all those personal moments on the most beautiful day of your life. This person will be there from start to finish to capture the day in the most beautiful way possible. A good chemistry is really important to generate trust in each other and to know that the photos will be fantastic.

As everybody knows, a good first impression is crucial in the start of a good relationship and therefore it is certainly advisable to get to know your photographer well before you commit to anything. Beautiful photos are 1 thing, but a good experience on the day itself is also important. And in the end, the more relaxed you are, the better the photos will become.

So ask yourself: Does this photographer suit us?

Wedding photographer pricing

Photography in general isn't cheap and certainly hiring a wedding photographer can be quite expensive. And while for many people it is quite a mystery at first sight why it can be so expensive, it is still understandable if you know what is involved in the creation of a wedding story with photographs. I will go into this in much more detail in a later article so that you can get an idea of what it takes to properly capture a wedding.

The bottom line is that it actually works the same in this industry as in any other industry: You get what you pay for.

However, that does mean that the higher your budget, the more you can expect from the photographer. Both in terms of photos that are ultimately delivered, but also in terms of the service surrounding the photography and the products that go with it. As an avarage, the photographer can cost 10 to 15 percent of the total budget of a wedding. In concrete terms, this often comes down to a price of between 1500 and 3000 euros, depending on how long the photographer is present and how many prints and albums you order.

It is important to know that the photos are one of the few tangible things that remain after your wedding and that they help to keep your memories of this beautiful day alive and kicking. In the end, the photos will still be there after decades, so keep in mind that a good budget for your wedding photographer is also an investment in your memories. It guarantees you, that all the beautiful moments will stay with you for the rest of your life.

This is the end of the blog post.
I hope I was able to give you some new insights that can help you plan your wedding. Feel free to contact me if you have specific questions or would like to receive some extra information.

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Personal approach
The choice for your photographer is a very personal one. In addition to the photographic style, the character and values ​​of the photographer are one of the most important criteria for making your choice. When I hire someone, I like a personal approach where communication and quality is of a high standard. It is for that reason that I also apply this method as a photographer myself.
Wedding photographer Bart Rondeel
Photo: Roxy Sun
Before the wedding

You can expect this approach from me straight away. Call me, app me or e-mail me and you can always expect a response. I can often be found on the mat, the mountain bike and photographing at other weddings, so sometimes I won't be able to respond straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

So a personal approach is very important to me and that is why I also would like to get to know you as a couple. During our introduction meeting, it is therefore mainly about you guys. I want to know everything about you, because the more I know, the better I can capture the wedding day for you.
Have a look at the photo below. I knew that the bride had a special bond with her grandfather so I was constantly looking for the right time to capture that bond. This has become one of the most important photos for this bride.

Bride dancing with grandpa

Of course, we will also talk about the planning and how photography, and especially the portraits, can best be fitted into the schedule of your busy wedding day. I have all sorts of practical tips which you can use for your wedding. I would simply like to hear everything about the wedding day so together we can also make the photos to a great success.

You'll also get access to the online portal. Everything about our collaboration ends up in this online environment. During our introduction meeting, I can explain everything about the online portal.

In addition, you can always contact me during the preparations for questions or tips. Changes to the schedule can be communicated through the portal, I will see any changes you make instantly.
Shortly before the wedding we will schedule a call to go through all the details for the last time to make sure that I am aware of everything that will happen during your wedding day. And then the time has finally come!

Wedding balloon detail
During the wedding

Finally! After such a long time the special day has is finally there. You will be able to enjoy this day undisturbed. Me and everybody else who is involved in the organization of the wedding will make sure of that. It is for that reason that I always maintain close contact with the ceremony master and other people involved in the wedding to keep the organization as tight as possible.

Wedding photographer during ceremony
Photo: Eliza Dernovska

At the wedding, I am invisible when needed but present when necessary. For example, I will often work more in the background during the ceremony, but when taking a group shot of all the guests I will make sure everybody is visible and direct them accordingly. During the party, I will be partying with you on the dance floor. I can get much closer and people open up much more when I am part of the crowd, resulting in the best possible party photos.
Not in the mood for uncomfortable poses during the portrait shoot? Fortunately, me neither!
Think of this shoot as a nice walk in the park which I will capture in the most beautiful way. I will of course 'direct' you here and there to get the most best results, but I like movement in my photos, so I would encourage you to do whatever you feel like. Go crazy, laugh, have fun with each other and be yourself, that's how we will make sure these photos will become little pieces of art.
I will enjoy the wedding like any other guest that day. I love weddings because of their great atmosphere and happy people. I genuinely have a great time at your wedding.

After the wedding

The wedding is over, but for me, the work now really starts. After making the necessary backups, it is now up to me to ensure that all those photos are carefully selected and professionally retouched. I shoot thousands of photos in one day and not one of them will go unnoticed. I only select the very best and make sure that they ultimately come into their own in the retouching process by transforming them into my unique style.

I understand that you really can't wait to see the first photos and that's why I always make sure that a preview is ready for you in the online gallery within a week. That way the memories are still clear in your mind and you will experience all the moments again when you view the photos.
Because I pay a lot of attention to selecting and retouching, I need about 4 to 6 weeks to finally deliver all the photos to you via the online gallery. You can share the gallery with all friends and family, but you can also already start making the selection of favourites for your wedding album. When your favourites are submitted, I will design the album and finally upload the design to you again via the portal for approval. You can browse through the pages in your own time and let me know where you would like to see changes before the design is finally sent to the factory. Also, let me know which photo you would like as a print on your wall.

The delivery of the album will take a few weeks and after handing over the album and the print our collaboration will sadly be over. I would appreciate it very much if you would like to leave me some online reviews. Growth is hugely important to me and the best way to find out how my work and approach has been experienced is to ask my clients!

modern tools
Nowadays the internet is indispensable in our daily lives. Everyone owns a smartphone and is online nowadays. This is why I use the most modern tools to provide an experience for you as a wedding couple where convenience, clarity and style are paramount.
Wedding photographer Bart Rondeel
Photo: Roxy Sun
the online portal

All the couples who book me as their wedding photographer receive a complete package. This includes access to the online portal. Not only is this a very cool and handy tool for you, but it's also software that I use on a daily bases and makes sure that all my services and communication run smoothly. In addition, the portal also includes an online gallery that is easy to share with friends and family and can be used to download the high res images, so you can store them yourself. Wonder what your album will look like? The design proofing function will help you to see the design and approve it online.

The gallery

An online environment where all your photos can be seen and can be shared with all friends and family after the wedding. In short, that's the gallery.
USB sticks are already old fashion these days. Technical developments are going forward so fast that the newest laptops no longer have a USB input anyway. Everything is connected to the internet and that is why the online gallery is so enormously valuable.
It is fast, simple, looks nice and very important nowadays, it works flawlessly on all devices. Details such as security and accessibility have also been thought through and photos can even be organised into different categories. Have a look below.

Trouwfotografie galerij voorbeeld

You get exclusive digital rights to be the only one to be able to download the files in high resolution and of course without my company logo. Also, you can decide which photos can be seen by friends and family. You may find some photos a bit too personal and you don't necessarily want to share them, you can easily hide these photos from others who visit the gallery.
The gallery also contains useful functions to select your favourites. This feature is most often used to pick your photos for the wedding album.

Are you interested in ordering prints? Then I can even create a prints gallery for you in which you can easily see what the photo looks like on the wall.

Bruidsfotografie print voorbeeld
Album design

After I have received your favourite photos selection through the gallery, I will start designing the album. The layout depends on the size of the album you choose. Photos really do come into their own when they are printed in large format, so I don't recommend selecting too many photos, it will look messy very quickly.

As soon as I have finished the first design you can review it via the portal in the design proofing section. You can browse through the pages and even make notations where you would like to see adjustments. After the requested adjustments, you can approve the design and it will be sent to the producer. Below is an example of a large album 35x35 cm in which the wedding couple asks to make the text slightly smaller.

Album Design proofing voorbeeld
communication tools

In addition to these parts of the portal, some formalities have also been considered. There is a page that shows all different album types and materials, there are forms to share some contact details with me (for example the ceremony master or contact details of the wedding venue) and there is a very useful form in which you can fill in the planning for the wedding day so there is never a misunderstanding about the schedule. Even the invoices can be viewed and downloaded.
And the best part, it's all online and available whenever you want!