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How To Choose The Best Wedding Photographer
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When considering how to choose the best wedding photographer, think of a professional. An alarming, recent trend is for brides to have a friend or family member photograph their wedding. Big mistake! Your friend may be a great pet photographer, child photographer or just an accomplished hobby photographer. This does not equate to them knowing how to photograph a wedding. A professional wedding photographer has a complete understanding of lighting & posing both of the couple and groups. They can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time and have exceptional time management skills. They know how to handle a stressed out bride and how to put her at ease so she can enjoy her day. A professional wedding photographer has photographed enough weddings to be able to anticipate the next moment.

I know it sounds cliche, but your photographs are one of the few things that remain after wedding. Remember, these photographs are not just for you. They are for your family, too. Someday, you'll show these photos to your children and grandchildren. Below are some suggestions on how to choose the best wedding photographer.

There are three major factors when choosing which photographer to hire: Experience, Cost, Personality

How to Choose the Best Wedding Photographer - Tip #1 Experience

How long have they been photographing weddings and, how many weddings do they photograph a year. Of course you'll want to see some examples of their work from other weddings they've photographed. If possible, view a wedding in it's entirety. Most people can photograph a wedding and walk away with a couple of good shots. You want to see it all - the ceremony, formals and reception photographs. Also, find out if they go to conferences for regular training, belong to any professional photographer organizations, and if they have won any awards.

How to Choose the Best Wedding Photographer - Tip #2 Cost

You should be able to find a photographer in your budget. Keep in mind that while you don't need to hire the most expensive photographer, you do get what you pay for. Don't hire a photographer just because they are the cheapest. Plan on spending about 10%-15% of your total wedding budget on photography. Make sure you understand what comes in your package. You should be able to view the album or any product in the package. If the package you want to purchase includes extras you don't need, ask the photographer if you can make changes. A good photographer should be willing to work with you. If you're budget is tight, ask if your photographer offers a 'Digital Only' package. Typically this package includes just the photograph files on disk. Make sure they come with a license to reproduce are high resolution.

How to Choose the Best Wedding Photographer - Tip #3 Personality

Your wedding photographer is with you for a large portion of your wedding day. Make sure you get along! If they irritate you in the pre-wedding meeting, they are likely to irritate you on the wedding day! If they appear unorganized in your pre-wedding meeting, well may want to think twice about having them photograph your wedding. Your photographer should be flexible and easy going.

Don't rush in choosing a wedding photographer. Plan on meeting with at least 3 different photographers to get a feel for what packages are available and what style of photography appeals to you. Take time with this process and you're sure to choose the best wedding photographer for you and your groom.

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