In my opinion, the most important aspect of a wedding (besides the venue) is your Photographer! There are many concerning factors when choosing a wedding photographer. Here are just a few things worth thinking about while deciding:
Budget: What is your Budget? If you haven’t thought about photography budget, start doing so now. If you need help on where to start, don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family members for their advice. Ask them for references, their own photography budgets, and their experience from their wedding photographers – most people are more than happy to share information that will help take any stress out of the wedding planning experience. Another place to start looking is on wedding websites and blogs (like our lovely wedding blog) where brides write reviews of LOCAL vendors.
Preference: After the budget is set and done, remember that the wedding photography will be the one thing after the wedding day that you and your loved ones can look at from that special day. The photographs will last forever, while the wedding day memories will fade away through the years. Trust me! Photography is key! Choose a photographer that you love for both their style and their artistic ability. If you happen to fall in love with a certain photographer that is over your budget, still meet with them to see if there is any way to reduce the costs. If there is no room for negotiation, take a look at your overall budget and see if you are able to cut costs in other areas. Ask the photographer if they offer any discounts or included engagement sessions, it never hurts to ask. Cutting costs in the wedding to get the photographer of your dreams, will be worth it. You can cut costs in areas such as the number of guests, the flowers or the decorations – all depending on what aspects in a wedding are most important to you.
Communication: Make sure to communicate with your photographer during the wedding planning process. Let them know of the wedding details, such as location, time, indoor or outdoor ceremonies, and any traditions or customs that the photographer might not be accustomed to. Communicate to the photographer about any specific instructions for what photographs you would like to see. If you prefer to see more family photos or decoration/detail photos, let your photographer know. Wedding photographers are not mind readers, if you want a something very specific from your photographer, don’t be shy, just tell them, after all, they are working for you.
Digital Prints: Many wedding photographers charge for copies of digital prints. When choosing your photographer, be sure to ask about your ownership rights to the photographs. If the photographer you love, charges for the digital copies, try to negotiate the price if possible. Free or not, you’ll want to make sure you receive all copies for own wedding files.
If you have any more helpful tips, please share them! We’d love to read them.
Happy Planning :)