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Choosing a Photographer

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Choosing the Right Photographer for your Wedding (Source: Modern Bride Magazine)

When the dress has been folded and put away, the cake has been eaten, and the wine has been drunk, only the photographs will remain to capture the details of your special day. The pictures of your wedding will be something to hand down to your own children and share with family and friends. So it is vital to make the right choice when looking for a photographer. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when making that decision.

Personality is Important

Make sure you get along with the person who is photographing your wedding. The photographer will be a constant presence during your wedding, so you'll want someone you'll like. Your photographer will have to give you and your families directions. They may or may not have to touch you to adjust a veil or a bow tie, move a strand of hair, etc. If you don't like this person, or are uncomfortable around them, your pictures will reflect it.

Your photographer should be open to suggestion, listen to your ideas and hopes for wedding pictures, and be willing to meet your wishes - not dictate them. The best way to determine a photographer's personality and willingness to provide what you want is to meet face-to-face.

Questions to Ask:

  • Who is the actual photographer going to be?
  • What type of photography do you specialize in?
  • What is your educational background?
  • What is your experience, how many years have you been photographing weddings?
  • Can we see a list of references?
  • Can we see several complete wedding album samples?
  • What are your time limits?
  • Is there a limit on the amount of film used or digital images taken?
  • What exactly is included with your packages?
  • Exactly what will it all cost when I get my album and all of my photographs?
  • How long will it be before I get my completed album, not just the proofs?
  • Do you also shoot Black and White or Sepia Photos?

View an Entire Wedding Album

When looking at a wedding portfolio, ask to see an entire wedding album all the way through, rather than 50 shots from 50 different weddings. This will give you a better idea of the kind of photographs you can expect to receive. Almost anyone can make a good portfolio using only the best shots from hundreds of weddings.

About Price

The cost of your photographs will vary depending on the number of shots that you ask for, the type of album you choose for displaying them and the number of extra prints that you order. There are often quite a few packages to choose from, so make sure that you are clear about exactly what is included in the price and what might incur an extra charge.

You're going to remember your wedding day through the eyes, heart and talent of your photographer. Take the time to make the right decision.

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