Free advice about choosing the right Wedding Photographers
After months of planning and anxiously waiting for one of the most important days of your life, your wedding day finally arrives and proves to be a big success. From the time you wake up till the last of your guests leaves the reception hall, you think of the day's events while every pleasant moment is still fresh in your mind and brings a smile to your face. But these moments will not all be remembered forever. That is why one of the most important aspects of planning your wedding is locating a professional Wedding Photography studio to capture the essence of your wedding day.
Wedding Photographers have the training and experience required to create unforgettable images and preserve the memories of your wedding day. Wedding Photography is not limited to the ceremony and reception, but often includes informal engagement pictures, rehearsal dinner, getting ready at home, pre-ceremony preparations at ceremony site, pre-ceremony portraits, ceremony pictures, formal groupings after the ceremony, and of course reception activities and informal groupings of families and guests.
Selecting the right wedding photographer is a very important factor in ensuring that your wedding will run smoothly and pleasantly. You should start looking for a photographer as soon as you set the wedding date and selected a wedding site, or 6-12 months in advance. But how do you know which photographer to choose? What's right for one couple may not necessarily be the best option for another. When speaking with different photographers, whether you were referred to them by a friend or found them on the Internet, the most important thing is to feel comfortable with him or her.
Wedding Photography is not limited to a single session but is a process that is conducted throughout the day. The photographer you choose should be someone whom you can trust and rely on as well as enjoy his or her company. When looking at photographers' portfolios for sample work, ask to look for whole wedding albums, from beginning to end- these are much more accurate representations of a photographer's work than are collection of highlights from different weddings the photographer has put together himself. Pay close attention to the photographer's style and communication skills, and your response to the work. Does the photographer have the alertness to capture natural spontaneous images? Does he or she have the creative eye to compose successful formal portraits?
Once you have selected a photographer, you can discuss prices, deposits, packages, quantity of pictures and any other details that must be decided on before your wedding day. Most Wedding Photography studios offer a number of packages to work within your budget. Prices range from $950 to over $10,000, depending on the size of the event, the day on which it is held and so forth. Expect better photographers to charge the higher rates. If you are on a limited budget, it is even more imperative that you make wise choices to get the best value for your investment. Different packages offer different number of hours, images, and a certain number of final pictures in an album. Decide on color photographs as well as black and white pictures and photos that have been touched up by hand-coloring. Inquire about the prices of proofs, as some photographers will include them in the package and others sell them separately. Go over your wedding day schedule with the photographer to make certain that everything runs smoothly and there are no confusions that can cause avoidable distress.
After the wedding, you should receive proofs from your wedding photographer from which you will choose your favorite images to be developed and enlarged, and compile wedding albums for you and your parents. Additional copies that you may want in the future can be purchased from your photographer who should keep your negatives on file for a specified number of years.
Wedding photography is both an art and a science, requiring someone with the proper equipment and the right skills, plus the demeanor to be effective and creative under pressure. Your wedding photographer will capture the magical moments of your wedding day and create unforgettable images that will be treasured for years to come.