Choosing_a_Wedding_Photographer by mohamedbaia15


Choosing a Wedding Photographer

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Many couples get so caught up with planning all the obvious details of
their wedding--such as the cake, the wedding decorations, the gown and
gifts for members of the wedding party--that they often overlook the
importance of selecting the right wedding photographer.

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Many couples get so caught up with planning all the obvious details of
their wedding--such as the cake, the wedding decorations, the gown and
gifts for members of the wedding party--that they often overlook the
importance of selecting the right wedding photographer. It’s important to
remember that the photographer you choose will be responsible for
capturing the moments and memories of what may be the most important day
of your life! With this in mind, you'll want to take great care in
selecting a wedding photographer considering there are no second chances.

As you might imagine, wedding photography is one of the most challenging
types of professional photography. The wedding photographer has to make
everyone look beautiful, shooting in a multitude of locations in all
kinds of weather conditions--and accomplish all this in minimum amount of
time. At the same time, your wedding photographer should have the
personality to complement you on your most joyous day. Take your time and
follow some of the simple suggestions discussed below, and you will most
certainly be satisfied with the outcome.

Where Do You Begin?

Personal referrals or asking friends, relatives and co-workers for
suggestions, is a great place to start. Typically, people who have had
positive experiences with photographers are more than willing to share
that information. In addition, you’ll already have some insight about
the photographer’s personality before you actually meet. After compiling
a preliminary list, visit each photographer’s web site and thoughtfully
review his or her online portfolio. If a portfolio looks appealing you,
chances are, that photographer might be a good fit. Next, call or email
each photographer on your list. Through this initial contact, you can
determine the photographer’s availability, the type of work they
specialize in (candid or traditional) as well as an estimate of the cost
and what you’ll receive for that fee.

Schedule appointments with the photographers who seem most appropriate
and ask to view their portfolios in person and discuss more details. Ask
each of them to show you a complete portfolio of a single wedding--this
will give you a much clearer sense of what you can expect than a
collection of choice shots from several different events. Pay attention
to whether the photographer is adept at portraying individual expressions
and personalities. Ideally, these meetings should include the bride and
groom as well as the bride's parents since you will all be interacting
with the photographer.

What Questions Should You Ask?

Be sure to write down all of your questions beforehand, and take thorough
notes during the meetings. Although most professional photographers will
provide you with a clear outline of their services and fees prior to your
meeting, you will, in all likelihood, still have a large number of
questions to ask. Remember, the more information you have, the more
confident and relaxed you’ll feel on your special day. The following are
some questions, courtesy of, you may wish to
consider asking:

•How will you show me pictures for selection (e.g., electronic, proofs,
contact sheets, online gallery, etc.)?
•Will you help me choose the final pictures?
•How will you make it easy for friends and family to order reprints?
•What are the costs of the various levels of coverage?
•Are there different degrees of coverage?
•What is your photography style; photojournalistic, traditional, mixed,
•How much for the duplicate prints, albums, folios, enlargements, thank
you cards, etc.?
•What’s your time frame for preparing the pictures for my selection?
•How about engagement session?
•How long do I have to make up my mind as to which pictures I want and
how many?
•How long have you been in business?
•What kind of guarantee comes with my hiring you?
•What’s your philosophy for photographing weddings?
•Will you have an assistant?
•Do you have travel fees?
•How much is your overtime fee?
•What do you plan to do at my wedding to make my wedding photographs
unique and personal to me?
•Do you have a backup?
•Will you be shooting my pictures personally?
•Will you use film or digital?
•What's your payment policy?
•Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs?
•What is the possibility of the pictures fading?

How Much Will It Cost?

The following are some points, courtesy of, that
will help prepare you for what you might expect to pay for your wedding
•Plan to allocate a significant portion of your wedding budget to ensure
photographs are perfect. Expect to spend at least $1000 on a professional
wedding photographer to document your event. Albums and prints are
usually extra. Other extras that may increase your bottom line include
additional hours, additional photographers, custom albums etc. etc. Add
on too many extras – and your photography budget could quickly creep to
$5000 and beyond!

•Cut the extras and purchase a basic wedding photography package from a
skilled photographer. By paying for the photographer’s expertise only,
you will ensure great images – and you’ll buy yourself some time to save
up for the custom album and prints after the wedding.

•Get the proofs! To that end, try to find a photographer who will let you
keep the proofs. Many photographers consider themselves to be
photographers only - artists not in the business of selling photographs.
After the big day, they’ll hand over your proofs and be on their way.
They’re yours to keep – you can print them in any manner you please or
save them for printing after you’ve saved up some cash.

•Enter the digital age with digital photography. It’s less costly than
film, and with technological advances in equipment – digital images are
no longer a sacrifice in quality. Many photographers have taken the
digital plunge – which results in savings for you!

•Cut the timeline…the longer your event, the more it will cost to
document it. Since photographers often charge based on the number of
hours they will spend at your wedding, a shorter/smaller wedding
celebration will yield big savings in your photography budget.

Making a Commitment

At this point, you should have a relatively clear idea of which
photographer is best suited to capture your wedding day memories. Once
you have made a decision, be prepared to leave a deposit to reserve the
date. You may still wish to reassure yourself by asking about a few final
details. For example, find out what the photographer's policy for
wedding-date changes is and what the alternatives are if he or she is not
available on the backup date. Also, ask about their policy for an
unexpected cancellation. If you feel the photographer is right for you,
then relax and make the commitment with the confidence that you’ve made a
well-formed, intelligent decision in planning the most important day of
your life.

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