Taking the Perfect Wedding Pictures

Taking the Perfect Wedding Pictures

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life and you want to make sure that the day goes off without a hitch.  Wedding also come with a ton of prep work that you have to do ahead of time, one of these things is booking your photographer.  There is no shortage of wedding photographers, but all of them charge different prices, offer different services and all have different styles.  Taking the perfect wedding pictures starts with finding the right photographer.

Different Styles

Wedding photography has evolved over the years and now you have a choice of a bunch of different styles that you can choose from.  If you are having a traditional wedding then you can get the same style of photos done.  There are also more contemporary styles including a photojournalist style or lifestyle portraits.  Not all photographers can do every style so decide what you want and then start looking for the right photographer.  Here are some different styles of wedding photography.

Where is Your Wedding?

A church wedding lends itself well to the more traditional style of wedding photography, whereas a wedding on a beach is something completely different and needs a different style. Take your photographer to venue ahead of time so they can look over the layout.  The can determine the best camera angles, where to stand and where the best sources of light are.  In addition to bringing your photographer to the venue you may want to also schedule a practice shoot before the wedding.  You can get an idea of the quality of the pictures and where everyone needs to stand to get the best shots.

Choosing a Wedding Photography

There are plenty of wedding photographers that are willing to take pictures of your wedding but very few of them will be a good fit.  You will likely end up talking to a handful of photographers before choosing the right one.  Check out their portfolio online beforehand to see if their style is something you may want.  Each photographer brings their own special style to your photos.  Some take strictly classic photos while others blend some different styles to make their own unique styles.

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life, don’t leave it to an amateur to capture the memories of this day.  Work with a reputable and more importantly skilled wedding photographer so you have pictures you can cherish forever.

How Much to Spend on a Wedding Photographer

How Much to Spend on a Wedding Photographer

Weddings are expensive and one of the bigger costs in your wedding will be hiring a photographer.  Of course you want pictures of the most important day of your life at the same time you have a budget that you have to work with.  If you have no clue how much to spend on a wedding photographer, then let’s look at some rates and services so you have an idea what to budget.

The Rates for a Professional Photographer

Like any other service the more experienced the photographer the more you are going to pay for their services.  An average wedding photographer is going to charge around $1000 and you can expect to pay extras on top of that for prints and whatnot.  Rates will vary by photographer and in bigger cities like New York or Chicago you can expect to pay much more.  There are other factors that can affect your price and they are things like the number of guests or how much time they will be at your wedding.

Comparing Rates

There are a number of photographers who will give you a ball park figure on their websites or over the phone, that will be the first step in finding a photographer for your wedding.  When it comes to comparing costs that there are different packages involved, what may be an initially higher price may work out cheaper in the long run.  Some prices are just a per hour rate and don’t include the prints and photos you are going to want.  Figure out what options you want and then ask for a price with all of your options included.

Cutting the Costs of Your Wedding Photos

If you don’t have a big budget to work with and your faced with the choice of wedding flowers or a photographer there are some things you can do to cut the costs of your wedding photographer.  Get just the basic package, cut back on the prints or decorative albums.

The Contract

Don’t just rely on the photographer’s word about what they are going to deliver, get everything in writing so there are no issues in the future.  Things to include in the agreement are whether a deposit is required, the amount and whether it is refundable if you cancel.  Will you be charged for travel time?  Do you get the proofs as well as the prints?  Outline everything in your contract.

Now you are ready to go out and negotiate with a photographer to get some beautiful photos of one of the most important days of your life.