Hiring a Wedding Photographer

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After you get engaged, you probably have a million things running through your mind. All of the “whos,” “whats,” “wheres,” and “whens” need to be answered. You want to get everything done, including the big things like the menu selection right down to the small details like the color of your shoes. As you navigate through the same process all brides do, you come across an important question: Who will be your wedding photographer? There are several ways to go about answering this question with the best solution for your wedding needs.

Cost

One of the first things to consider is your budget. This will be the ultimate solution for many of your bridal questions. Can you afford it? Depending on how much money you have, you will be limited to using particular vendors. However, this does not mean you cannot hire an exceptional wedding photographer. Although prices vary depending on your taste and location, you can get a professional wedding photographer for a couple of thousand dollars.

This may include pictures of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, the moment you kiss your groom, the first dance, the toasts, and much more. Your entire day can be captured, from the second you put your dress on until the last song of the night. This price may even include a wedding album or some prints.

If you cannot afford a few thousand dollars for a photographer, you can still hire a professional for less than that. However, you may not have the luxury of having a photographer follow you around all day and night. Photographers generally have packages that outline what you can expect from them on your big day, so be sure to double check what that includes.

If you cannot afford much more than a couple of hundred bucks, then you may want to ask a close friend or family member with some photography skills to help you out. It could be their wedding gift to you and your spouse. They can take photos throughout the day, and you can later print them off at a local department store or use an online app. This may not be ideal, but you can still smile beautifully in your pictures surrounded by your bridal party.

Of course, if this is the case, you need to keep in mind that the pictures are not done by a professional. As much as your friend or family member loves to snap pictures as a hobby, he or she is an amateur. Therefore, you will receive the quality of one.

Style

As you search for your wedding photography, you will browse a lot of websites. You will be able to get a feel for the style of the photographer this way. The two main types of wedding photography are either traditional or journalistic. A traditional photographer may capture pictures of you and your bridal party standing in a particular pose. The photographer will ask you with whom you want pictures, and then line you guys up one by one.

On the other hand, a journalistic photographer will capture candid shots. He or she may snap photos when you are not even looking, perhaps when you are getting down on the dance floor. You can catch your photographer standing on a chair to get the whole crowd. You may not be smiling in all of the pictures because you did not hear the photographer instruct you to say cheese. These candid shots are equally as beautiful as the traditional ones.

In some cases, you may find a photographer that does both traditional poses and candid, journalistic photos. This is really the best of both worlds. As you check out different professional websites, you will notice the type of photography you like better and which you would prefer for your big day.

Availability

Although cost and style are imperative factors when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, the availability is critical. If you find a photographer you absolutely love and can pay for, but they are already booked, you may be crushed. You can avoid this disappointment by booking your wedding photographer early. The average time to lock in your wedding photographer is anywhere from 18 months to six months before the big day. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to find one available.

The photographer is only one person, and he or she needs to be available all day. Unlike other vendors, the photographer cannot book more than one wedding per day. Your venue may have separate ballrooms. Your decorators will only need to be available for an early-morning setup. The caterers have dozens of employees to cook and transport food. However, the photographer’s job is slightly different.

If you already have a photographer in mind, there is no time like the present to book him or her. As long as you know the wedding date and have the deposit, then you can reserve your photographer even if it is a couple of years ahead of time.

After you have your photographer booked, you can discuss all of your expectations with him or her. The photographer can even capture your engagement photos ahead of time. You can order a print to publish on your save the date cards, wedding invitations, thank you notes, and other wedding stationery. It is a gorgeous, personal touch that nobody else will have. Your photographer will also create your wedding album after all of the pictures have been taken.

You can spend your time calling photographers to ask about their price, package details, and availability. You will need to browse their websites for examples of their work. Wedding websites like The Knot will help you find local photographers in your area. Although your guests may not care about the photographer in the same way they do about the food, it is an essential cost that you will want to focus on. After all, your wedding photos will last forever, long after your cake is eaten and your decorations are torn down.

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