PRESERVING THE MEMORIES
A person’s wedding
can be one of the most important
times in their life. They will have
memories that they want to treasure
forever and then pass on to their
children. Wedding photography helps
them do this. Having pictures taken
at the wedding and then at the reception
can capture those precious memories
in freeze-frame and help you keep
Pictures are important so you want
to be sure you get good photos, high
quality photos that you can enjoy
Most people will have a wedding
book designed out of the collection
of the best wedding photos. Usually
the photographer will do this for
you. You will then have a beautiful
scrapbook from your wedding to hold
Choosing a photographer is a very
important step in your wedding pictures.
You want someone experienced that
will do an excellent job for you.
It’s possible that you may
be on a budget and price may be a
factor as well.
How Do You Choose a Wedding Photographer?
There are several things you are
going to want to look for with the
most important being the quality
of the work. It would be great if
you could find a photographer that
you had seen in action, perhaps at
a family member or friend’s
wedding. The hardest part of choosing
a wedding photographer is that you
sign a contract and agree to pay
before you have ever seen the photos.
That’s how it works in the
world of wedding photography; you
must make your decision based of
faith in the photographer. So how
do you make a decision like this?
First, you are going to want to
look at referrals. Ask your friends
or family members who did their weddings
and start compiling a list. You will
also need to verify that these people
are still photographing. Ask everyone
you can about their wedding and their
wedding pictures. Most people will
even let you see their wedding photos
and you can check out the photographer’s
Experience & Samples
Aside from samples from people you
know, you can ask the photographer
himself about samples. You can call
the photographers on your list and
do an interview over the phone or
make an appointment to meet in person.
This is your chance to ask the photographer
any questions you may have such as
their experience, what training they
have and what different types of
photography they have studied. If
you are doing an in-person interview,
the photographer can show you portfolios
of samples of their work. If doing
a phone interview, that ends well,
you may want to go in person and
see a portfolio.
Schedule and Appointment
When you have chose the photographer
you think you want to use, you will
have to schedule several appointments.
The bride and groom, the bride’s
parents and anyone else who may be
taking part in paying for the wedding
should be present at these meetings
regarding the wedding photography.
At these meetings, you will discuss
price, payment schedule and possible
deposits. Next you will discuss the
plan for taking the photos. Many
people also get video and digital
photographs now. Do you want these?
Will your photographer be able to
provide these? Will there be extra
Many people have specific plans
as to what they want pictures of
(e.g. bride and father coming down
the aisle, bride and groom, rings
exchanging, the kiss, the bridesmaids,
etc.) This is your chance to get
all this written down so that the
photographer is sure to get all the
shots you want. Other people give
their photographers a little more
freedom to decide what pictures will
be good to take.
Be sure to ask any questions you
have about this important event.
Your wedding photography is important
to you so don’t hesitate to
be clear about what you want.
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