Tips for Brides: Investing in a Professional Wedding Photographer

A Wedding Day is a magical time! Filled with love, hopes and dreams. It is a day that you are trusting a Professional Photographer to not only capture the obvious, like the bride in her dress or the first kiss, but also the moment the groom first sees his new bride… the proud loving parents looking on as their children exchange vows – all of the moments and details that will write the story of your special day; evoking emotions for generations.

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Here are a few tips to help brides select a Professional Wedding Photographer:

*Personality. Do you click (no pun intended)? Can you work with this person? Can you trust this person to carefully and confidently document your special day? Your wedding is a very personal event and your photographer is likely the only vendor that you will be building a relationship with over the course of the months leading up to your day, the day of, and the weeks and months to thereafter.

*Style. As you look through their portfolios and albums, can you visualize the moments and personalized details of your own wedding? Are you looking for a non-intrusive photojournalistic style of photography or something more posed and directed?

*Understand what you’re getting. What are the packages (hours of coverage, albums, additional sessions, etc)? Do you have questions regarding the contract? What are you to expect after the wedding (your responsibilities and theirs)? Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Make sure your photographer has listened to you and satisfactorily answered all of your questions.

*You get what you pay for. It’s an old adage, but it holds true with photographic services as well. There is no shortage of photographers to choose from in almost every market. In the beginning, a bride (or her groom) may think it’s a good idea to scrimp and save by having an “aspiring photographer family friend” shoot it for free or by hiring the ‘lowest price-point’ photographer to simply shoot the day and hand you a disc; but Professional Photographers hear plenty of horror stories and “We wish we would have’s…” that succeed such choices. Poorly captured images, missed moments, unedited images that the newlyweds don’t know what to do with as just a few of the complaints heard across the boards.

If there’s nothing else that you take away from this article, please let it be that you hire the most professional photographer that your budget can afford. It’s worth it in the end to be able to look back fondly on your Wedding Day photographs – not eternally tormented with a bad experience or recounting your story “We wish we would have…”

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