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What To Look For In A Wedding Photographer

When planning a wedding, one of the most important decisions you will make is selecting a photographer to suit all your needs. Wedding pictures are something that you will look at time and time again, so taking that extra bit of time to research photographers is time well spent. Wondering where to start? I've compiled some general guidelines to help you find a reliable photographer who will deliver exactly what you want. Plan and Research
Decide what style of photography you would like for the big day. For example: spontaneous shots, posed shots, action shots, black and white or color, traditional or photo journalistic images and whether they use digital cameras or manual with film. Get recommendations from other brides who have had positive experiences with particular photographers. Call each photographer on your list to get an idea of what their style is, their availability and a rough idea as to how much they charge. This will give you an idea of the photographer's personality and if they will be a good match for your needs. Also ask about time length to get your proofs back and what exactly their contract entails. Once you have narrowed your search down, make appointments so you can meet with the potential photographers and ask lots of questions as well as get a clear explanation from the photographer about what their services include and what final products you should expect. Ask to see a portfolio which includes samples of their work, go to their website if they have one and check references so you get to know their reputability. Most importantly, you will be spending the entire day with this person (a very special day to be more accurate), so make sure you enjoy their company and are completely comfortable with them.

Book Your Photographer Well In Advance
A photographer's calendar can book up to a year in advance during popular wedding months like June, so make sure you start your search well in advance to the big day. Choosing a photographer should never feel rushed.

Digital Versus Manual Photography
Nowadays, digital cameras and digital images have been the preferred choice of many- especially for wedding pictures. Not to sound biased, but digital cameras definitely exceed the capabilities of traditional manual cameras. Although wedding photographers may use a mix of digital and film cameras, most find that the film free method has way more powerful tools that film cannot provide. Recent technology has created stellar (and super expensive) digital cameras that can capture every second of an action which is crucial at weddings, as this was something they could not do before. Whichever method you choose, make sure you ask the photographer what brand and model of camera he or she will be using to get an idea of the quality of the camera, which is always half the battle!

Join The Conversation
sheni sheni 10 years
There should be a part two to this article that talks about the pros and cons. Photographers cost a lot of money and also have a big variance, from $2,000 to $20,000! You need to negotiate the deal and customize to your own needs. One thing not mentioned in this article, for example, is how much the album costs and how much you can save if you own all the digital negatives as nowadays you can make awesome photo books quite inexpensively.
jjjustinnn jjjustinnn 10 years
My friend, Michael O'Neill is one of the most amazing wedding photographers I have ever seen. You can check out his website to see what a real photographer can do. Also, he just got an amazing writeup at Rangefinder Magazine, which is a great place to start learning about real wedding shooters. If you're lucky enough to be getting married on Long Island or NYC, you better call him quick, he books up very quickly!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
These are excellent tips!
Megami76 Megami76 10 years
I can't stress how important this is. My wedding photographer tried to get us to do "prom" photos where my husband was holding my chin in his hand and gazing at me... WTF??? I told him that we wanted nice, candid or natural shots, not something from Glamour Shots!
catstarr catstarr 10 years
I went to a wedding where the bride and groom put cheap digital cameras on all the tables and had us take all the candid shots at the reception and then her wedding party took the memory cards and printed out the best pictures and made them a scrap book. It was a lot of fun and ended up being a lot cheaper than buying and developing disposable cameras. Each memory card held up to 300 pictures and you could delete the ones you don't like instead of paying for them
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