Wedding Photographer Checklist
- When you are choosing a wedding photographer you may want to save money by getting a friend to do it for you or even an amateur photographer to take the photos. Be careful in doing this because in my experience you get the best quality photographs when the wedding photographer is not afraid to tell the wedding party what to do, where to stand and how to pose. A professional knows what works in wedding photographs and a friend or amateur may be to shy to essentially boss the wedding party around.
- You can generally get the cost of the wedding photography reduced if you decide to have fewer pictures taken or your wedding is on a weekday instead of Saturday night, which is the peak wedding day.
- When selecting someone to take your wedding photos make sure that you go through the following wedding photographer checklist:
- Ask to see a portfolio of their recent photography work.
- Request references and follow them up to see if the couples where happy with their wedding photographs.
- Have a small photo shoot when them as a trial run, just to be sure.
- Make sure that you know what you are getting for your money, ie: negatives, hours spent, wedding albums, travel.
- Another money saving idea is to take the all of your wedding photographs before the wedding and at the ceremony. This reduces the amount of time needed to be spent by the wedding photographer and also has the added benefit of eliminating that period between the ceremony and the reception when your wedding guests have to amuse themselves.
- To get a candid and realistic feel for the wedding reception have the guests take their own photos on cheap disposable wedding cameras that you have placed on each table.
- Save money developing the photos from these disposable cameras by negotiating a bulk discount from photo processing labs. Also don't be impatient and go for the 1 hour processing as this tends to cost a lot more.
- Always hire a wedding photographer that gives you the negatives for the wedding so you can make cheap copies of the photos for your friends and relatives without having to order expensive prints directly from the photographer.
- When deciding on a wedding photographer for your ceremony and reception go with one that has a least 5 years experience as they will be able to capture the mood of the day and produce creative shots much more easily.
- Don't be pressured or talked into going for a wedding photography package that doesn't suit your needs. Try and negotiate a reasonable price for exactly what you want.
- You can save money on your wedding photography by opting for the photos to be displayed in a plain and simple album. Fancy albums with engraving and the like will cost a lot more and it's what's inside the album that really matters.
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