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With all the excitement and anticipation that comes with planning your wedding, the day is finally coming and going faster than you would have imagined. While you're supposed to savor every moment, one thing is for sure: you're going to want to relive it forever. The best way to get value out of all that you put into your wedding day is to make those moments tangible. So we asked a handful of our favorite pros for their best advice on choosing a wedding photographer to document this day.
Land on the budget There are a number of things to consider when you come up with your number, and once you set it, there are a number of ways to apply it to the services you need most.
The first thing I would suggest is to get into research mode when you set your initial budget! Find a few wedding photographers in your area that post rates publicly on their websites, just so that you can get a general idea of what things cost and start with a realistic jump off point. The other big factors can be timeline and shot list expectations — for example, I'm offering a sliding scale depending on the length of time I'd need on the day. If you're trying to save money, but prep photos and getting ready for the day are important to you, maybe you'll be willing to cut some time off from the reception. Things like adding a second photographer will also contribute to the final quotation. Just be prepared to think about these kinds of decisions and to communicate with your partner about what is important to you both! "Kristine Cofsky Tip 02 Know your style Find not only what appeals to you now, but will be for generations to come. Looking beyond the trends of photography will lead you to discover your true taste. Tip 03 Look beyond portfolio highlights Viewing a full gallery or two real weddings a photographer has shot will allow you to see a wider range, from family portraits to reception detail shots.
Tip 04 Consider lighting in your locations Whether it's sunny, outdoor or low-light, indoor ambience, assessing the amount, source, and timing of light in your location is key to making proper arrangements with the photographer.
Set up the engagement photo session as a trial run An initial shoot with a photographer lets you meet each other in person, gage the chemistry, and see their style firsthand.
Ask the missed questions There are so many questions to ask, but which will give the most telling answers? To make your photographer feel good, here's one you're not supposed to skip.
Understand photo rights Permissions and legal intricacies about wedding photo rights can often be blurred, so any clarification you can get before you sign off will benefit both you and the photographer on the line.
Get the details for editing the timeline and deliverables After the last toast and grand exit, the work of the photographer is far from finished. Knowing what to expect in the post-production process will help you balance all that excitement and anticipation to relive your best day through photos.
Look for an honest, organized, friendly photographer, because that's who's going to spend the day with you.
So when it comes to selecting your wedding photographer, it all boils down to choosing someone who jives with your visual style and you as a human being. When you have a real connection with your photographer, they're going to do a better job of capturing your emotions — your love, your joy, your stillness. Years from now, your photos will be all you need to relive and reflect back on this whirlwind, and you will be thankful time and again for investing in them. You're wondering what to do with your wedding photos?