Tips for Choosing a Wedding Photographer


One of the things that many couples forget to do before their wedding day is to put lots of time and thought into their wedding photographer. This is a big mistake, though. If there’s any part of your wedding that you’ll cherish for years to come, it’s definitely your photographs. For this reason, you want to make sure that you get the right photographer who will help you create beautiful memories of the most important day of your life. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right photographer.


First off, check out several different photographers in your area before you choose. Even if you know of one or two who have done family photos or senior pictures for you before, don’t automatically go with what you know. You might be surprised at how different styles of photography can be from one person to another. Instead of just settling for what you know, check out at least three or four photographers in your area before you make a decision.


If you want really creative pictures but can’t afford the price of a professional photographer, ask around about photography and art schools in your area. Sometimes you can find photographers with a unique perspective who are just starting out. You can also look for professionals who have just opened their own businesses. This way, you can normally get lower rates without sacrificing quality and personality.


Always talk to a photographer in person and look at some of his or her other wedding shoots before signing a contract. This will help you see what the photographer’s style is like and get an idea of pricing before you go ahead with this person as your photographer. Ask about things like whether or not the photographer has a list of photos she normally takes during a wedding day, whether or not she’ll bring an assistant to help the process flow more smoothly, and what turnaround time is like for your photos.


Most photographers are happy to do what they can to take the pictures you want of your wedding day. However, for the most part, they have a particular style they’ll stick to. These days, many people are moving away from portrait style photography to wedding photography that is more creative and unique. Your best bet is probably to have a photographer who can do a little bit of both.

Published: 08/21/2010 by Wedding Photographers


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