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CHOOSING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Looking For Wedding Photography
Money Saving Tips? Need A Wedding Photography Checklist?
Perhaps more than any other wedding vendor you use, choosing a wedding photographer has the ability to affect the memories you have of your wedding.
Though you will have clear memories of your wedding day at your first month's anniversary,
years down the road you'll look back on your wedding photography to
remind you of your special day.
Read on to find the answers to your most pressing wedding
photography questions for getting the most out of your
wedding pictures, plus a wedding photography checklist you'll
want to use.
Where can I find a wedding photographer?
As in your search for a wedding caterer, there are plenty of avenues for finding good photographers for your wedding. One of the best ways is by using references from family and friends. Ask around and flip through other people's wedding albums to see if you like the wedding photographer's style. Another great place to find a wedding photographer is by asking your ceremony and reception site for a list of preferred vendors. You can also ask some of your other wedding vendors (like your florist or caterer) if they can recommend one. Other ways to find one include the internet, bridal shows and bridal magazines for your local area. Follow the links on this page for additional help in choosing one.
Once you've narrowed down the list to a few, schedule meetings with each photographer. At each visit, ask to see the photographer's portfolio (or "book.") While looking at the portfolio, pay attention to the type of photography used and if the pictures contain crisp images, good lighting and creative compositions. After looking at the book, you'll easily be able to tell if you like the photographer's style. Sometime during the meeting, ask about the wedding packages he offers and what is included in each package. Also, request a few client references and follow up with each reference about their experience with the photographer.
What do most photography packages include?
Most photographers will have a range of wedding packages from the very basic to the deluxe. Each package will contain a combination of different size photos of your choice. Wedding packages also generally include photo albums for you or your family.
Included in the price are the actual photographic prints and all of the work that goes into producing those prints like the time that the cameraman spends at your wedding and the film developing.
Ask your photographer he's able to post your photos to the internet for your family and friends to view. Since sharing pictures over the internet has become so popular, it's fairly common to provide this service. Find out if how long your photographer will be in attendance on the wedding day and also how many pictures can be taken. Also ask about your photo negatives. Are you allowed to buy the negatives? If not, how long does the photographer keep the negatives? The control of the negatives will determine when and how you can order additional prints of your wedding photos.
Your photographer, like all of your wedding vendors will be able to do a better job if he knows what you want. To help capture all of the key scenes from your wedding, you can give him a list of the essential photos that you want to be taken. Use our suggestions below and add or subtract to make the list your own.
Wedding Photography Checklist
__ The bride and groom during the ceremony
__ An official portrait of the bride and groom
__ Bride with her mother
__ Bride with her father
__ The entire wedding party
__ Bride with her immediate family
__ Bride and groom with bride's immediate family
__ The groom with his immediate family
__ Bride and groom with groom's immediate family
__ Bride with her brothers and sisters
__ Groom with his brothers and sisters
__ Bride with both parents
__ Groom with both parents
__ Bride and groom with groom's parents
__ Bride and groom with bride's parents
__ Bride and groom together will all parents
__ Groom with his mother
__ Groom with his father
__ Bride and groom with groom's grandparents
__ Bride and groom with bride's grandparents
__ Combination photos of bride and groom with
__ Each member of wedding party walking down the
__ Bride coming down the aisle
__ Bride's father leaving her at the altar
__ The wedding party at the altar
__ The exchanging of rings
__ The saying of vows
__ The bride and groom's kiss
__ The bride and groom walking down the aisle
away from the altar
__ Bride getting ready for the wedding
__ Attendants and mothers getting ready for the
__ Groom getting ready for the wedding
__ Bride and attendants leaving for the ceremony
__ Bride and groom arriving at the reception
__ Toasts from best man, father of the bride, etc.
__ The cutting of the cake
__ Bride and groom's first dance
__ Bouquet toss
__ Guests dancing at the reception
__ Guests signing guestbook
__ Bride and groom departing the reception