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Guide To Finding The Best Wedding Photographer

Posted June 1, 2010 by in Wedding Ideas | No comments yet

There are a plethora of fantastic photographers out there, covering a range of styles from traditional to modern and catering for all budgets . Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into letting a friend or family member take the pictures on your special day . This scenario will surely appeal to you for economic reasons or maybe to keep the peace in the family , but nothing less than a real pro will do for your wedding day. This article from the Sussex Wedding Guide will provide some useful wedding photography advice and points to consider when choosing your wedding photographer.

The first tip is to book your photographer in advance . Unlike caterers and florists who often have a team of people to call on , your wedding photographer can only be in one place at one time and therefore key dates (Summer Saturdays) can get booked up very early.

There are lots of great photographers out there with varying styles and packages on offer . Do as much research as you can , look at the net , go to Wedding Fayres, and crucially speak to friends who are married ; the greatest advertising for any wedding professional is personal recommendation . When looking at photographers sites on the web make sure you look at complete weddings to give a complete picture of the portfolio of photos you can expect. Anyone with good equipment can take a few wonderful snaps at a wedding but can they all take consistently stunning snaps all day in a variety of different conditions (dark church with no flash , sparkling sunshine for group photos, flashing lights for the first dance). Once you have some ideas in mind , you can then start talking to photographers. You can do this by visiting their studios, or they may come and see you at your home. Try to get a general sense of the kind of photography he or she will provide . When meeting the photographer one of the biggest things to consider , aside from the quality of their portfolio , is whether you feel comfortable with them. The photographer will be a major player during your wedding day and will be close at hand throughout all of the important moments and if you feel at ease the odds are your photos will be more flattering and natural .

Other things to ask yourself are:

How much work does the photographer do ?

At first glance a photographer’s rates may appear to be expensive however photographing a wedding is not just a day’s work and for most decent photographers a wedding probably represents about a week’s work when you consider pre-wedding meetings, the actual day taking photos, selecting which shots to use, 2-3 days digital retouching, possibly presenting the photos on a website or in a book and trips to and from the lab.

What is included in the price ?

Photographers often offer a plethora of services including prints, a cd of images, wedding books or albums and even pre-wedding portraits in the overall price. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money .

Extra charges?

Are there any additional or hidden charges for expenses like travel or print processing?

Edit this text Rates?

Often photographers will be delighted to offer more reasonable rates cheaper prices for weddings in the middle of the week or out of season . If you are getting married on a Wednesday in January the chances are that you can get a better deal than on an July Sunday .

Deposit ?

Does the photographer ask for a deposit to secure the booking?

Pre-wedding preparations ?

A good wedding photographer will be happy to visit the place you’re getting married with you before your big day. This gives you an opportunity to consider the best photo locations and discuss the details of the day.

Digital or Film ?

Most photographers use digital cameras now but many still offer film or a combination of the two.

Editing ?

If shooting digitally will they also retouch or enhance the photos to best advantage within the price agreed .

How many photos will you get ?

Most photographers shoulld know of how many photos you can realistically expect within a time-frame.

Website Galleries ?

Many photographers will now initially present your wedding photos in a website gallery . This gives you, friends and family the chance to view and order photos from their website. This is a definite bonus if you want to avoid having to take print orders and payment from friends and family and makes the whole process easier. You don’t have to take your wedding album to everyone, they can see the photos in the comfort of their own home on the internet.

Kit ?

Make sure that he or she has a back-up option as cameras do sometomes break (it happens) and you will want your wedding photographer to be able to continue working .

Insurance ?

A decent wedding professional will be insured to cover public indemnity and liability.

Illness ?

What would happen if the photographer was unexpectedly taken ill on your wedding day and is there any kind of back up plan if this happens

After the wedding ?

How quickly will the photographer be able to process and deliver your wedding photos.

The final advice in this guide make sure you’re paying the correct amount for your budget. Every wedding, no matter how large or small , has a budget. Some photographers will give you a price that includes everything , some offer off peak rates and most will want to be employed for as much of the year as possible. If you love a particular photographer’s work but feel that the price is beyond your budget , make them an offer, you never know, they may agree to occassionally lower the price. Once you have decided who to use you can site back and look forward to your dream wedding day.

For more information on your perfect wedding day visit http://www.sussexweddingguide.com

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