Selecting a wedding photographer should be an easy task.
After all, there are many photographers available, willing, and able to complete the job. Unfortunately, it isn’t all that simple. The bride and groom need to sift through the options they have and decide which one is best for them.
Fortunately, creating a list of exactly what qualities they expect to find in their wedding photographer should enable a bride and groom to find the perfect photographer to memorialize their happy day. Of course, they also have to take into consideration the price that they can afford to pay since photographer’s fees range from an inexpensive hourly rate to a large flat fee.
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1. Set Your Budget
Whoever is paying for the wedding photographer should decide just how much they want to spend on this facet of the event. The fees can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. In fact, a professional photographer typically charges thousands dollars to photograph the event. He/she typically provides a back up or second photographer who will also attend and photograph the event. An amateur wedding photographer who is just starting out usually charges a much lower fee. However, the level of expertise is much less than that of the professional wedding photographer, and it will show.
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2. Image Quality/Style
One photograph is truly worth a thousand words; each image represents a unique moment in time, a reflection of the most important day of your life. A good photographer should be able to offer you photos that capture your style and personalities. You need to know what style of photography your both like before you hire the right wedding photographer.
Are you looking for…
- Traditional Wedding Photography
- Photojournalistic Wedding Photography
- Portrait Wedding Photography
- Natural Wedding Photography
- Fashion Wedding Photography
- Black and White Wedding Photography
An open conversation with the photographer and his/her portfolio will let you know if they are right for you. They will offer you great tips for your wedding day.
3. Make sure you click
Set up an appointment to discuss your vision. Describe what you like in detail. Consider taking a few pictures before the wedding. Many photographers also do engagement shoots and photos for invitation cards. And if you really want to be creative, why not indulge in a boudoir photoshoot; a treat you and your man are sure to enjoy. Ask your photographer if they will be at your venue for the entire time or will an assistant take over at some point; how many photographers or do they require? Do you want him/her to stay until the end of the wedding reception; do you want them to start taking pictures early in the morning as you are getting ready? If so, it’s best to define the terms of your agreement in advance. And put everything in writing; a good and clear contract always provides peace of mind.