You take a look at your budget, then a look at your expenses and as tears well up, you consider cutting a few corners. Nice photographs won't pay the bills, right? But wait, you've heard the horror stories of "ruined" memories when the couple goes this route. Is there a way around it? Yes, but barely.
You take a look at your budget, then a look at your expenses and as tears well up, you consider cutting a few corners. Nice photographs won't pay the bills, right? But wait, you've heard the horror stories of "ruined" memories when the couple goes this route. Is there a way around it? Yes, but barely. If you are rolling in money by all means, hire a well-known competitively priced, reputable photographer. Your wedding is one day you want to remember forever. Pictures that make it look like you had the ceremony outside at 12 midnight when you know it was 10AM in sun shiny Florida won't sit well with anyone, so be careful.
If you are on a budget like most people are, you will have your work cut out for you. Try these 7 tips:
1. Ask around! Most low priced, but relatively good photographers are not spending money on big shiny ads in the yellow pages or magazines. They rely heavily on word of mouth.
2. Figure out what poses you want and compare those to what is in the photographer's portfolio. Find poses that are similar to the ones you want and if those pictures capture the feeling and excitement of the moment, that photographer might be a winner.
3. Choose a freelance photographer. Yes, I said a freelance photographer. He or she has low overhead, therefore are less likely to cut corners to keep the company afloat. And he will not have "borrowed" photographs for his portfolio from another more experienced company employee just to bolster his image.
4.Preperation is key. A photographer that plans to just "kinda show up" on the day of your wedding will miss some of your most important moments, even if he is experienced. If he does not want to take the time to find out how "everything and everyone" is going to be placed during the ceremony and reception, then throw him out the car and keep rolling. You will be glad you did it.
5. Does he ask you questions? Is he interested in what you want or is he using the cookie cutter method of one size fits all. Of course you want someone who is going to suggest new things that could enrich your experience, but don't go with one who ignores your concerns just save a few pennies. Its not worth it. Just wait, and you will find another who is concerned and reasonably priced. That almost goes without saying.
6. Ask for references from recent clients. If he has to reach back 5 or more years to search for happy clients that may mean he is either just getting back into the game or he is not as good as he claims to be.
7. Whatever you do, make sure you get proofs. Just getting a finished product after the wedding may leave you less satisfied than if you had a chance to cherry pick. That way you know what you are getting and are more likely to feel like your money was well spent.
No one said it was impossible to have wedding pictures that almost look like Donald Trump's(without the hair of course)while you are on a Joe Blow budget, its just a lot of work and multitudes of questions.