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Selecting Wedding Photographers


The selection of a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions that can be made during the planning of a wedding. Long after the flowers have died, the last piece of wedding cake has been eaten and the band has stopped playing, the photographs of this most special day will remain.

Keeping this in mind, you will want to select a wedding photographer who will provide you with the very best service and photographs possible. Unfortunately many couples wait until the last moment to select a wedding photographer or they underestimate the importance of the wedding photographer. By following the guidelines below you will be able to select a photographer that will provide you with beautiful memories of your wedding day.

The best time to start looking for a wedding photographer is shortly after you become engaged. You will most likely want to have engagement photographs made and this will give you an opportunity to use the same photographer for your engagement photographs as well as your wedding photographs. Do take the time to visit with several photographers and examine their wedding photograph portfolios to determine their skills and abilities.

When meeting with wedding photographers, make sure you consider the style of photography that the photographer employs. Look for a wedding photographer that is able to produce photographs that really speak to you. Avoid photographers whose work seems stilted and does not invoke any emotions.

Keep in mind as well that you should look for a photographer that has specific wedding photography experience. While a photographer might have extensive experience, you will want to find a photographer who has specific experience taking wedding photographs. He or she should know how to work in harmony with the ceremony so that they are able to achieve great photographs without becoming a distraction. Remember that even if you are on a budget for your wedding, your photographs are not an area where it is advisable to cut back or skimp on your budget. Your wedding photographs will be with you for the rest of your life and you should be able to look back on them as beautiful memories of the first day of your lives together.

When interviewing photographers, make sure you know exactly who will be photographing your wedding. This is particularly important if you decide to hire a studio that employs a numbers of photographers. You should make sure that you have viewed samples of work from the actual photographer that will be assigned to your own wedding or you may receive an unpleasant surprise.

You should also schedule an appointment with the photographer who will be handling your wedding so that you can ensure that you will be able to work together. The photographer you hire should be someone you find likeable and should also be someone with whom you feel comfortable working. You don’t want to find yourself photographed on the most important day of your life by someone whom you find to be annoying or irritating.

It is also important to schedule a meeting so that the photographer knows exactly what kinds of pictures that you want. There are the obvious shots that most couples have made, but you may also have other special shots that you would like as well. A meeting beforehand is the best way to ensure that all of the shots you want are on the list for the day of the wedding.

During the meeting you should also make sure you understand exactly how re-orders for your photographs will be handled. Ask whether the photographer will keep the negatives or whether they will provide you with the negatives. Most wedding photographers do keep the negatives; which means that in order to get re-orders you would need to contact the photographer. You should also make sure you discuss the package price with the photographer or studio and ensure you know exactly what is included in the price of the package.

Remember that planning early is the best way to ensure you have a good selection of photographers to choose from. The best wedding photographers are generally booked at least several months in advance. If you wait, you may find that you do not have much of a selection to choose from.

Finally, make sure you cover all of the money matters regarding your photographs and understand how much of a deposit you will need to put down when you sign the contract. A contract is an essential. A verbal arrangement should never be relied upon or you could find yourself without a photographer. Placing a deposit and signing a contract provides you with security that the photographer you have chosen will be reserved for you and will be legally obligated to follow through with the agreement you have reached.

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