Congratulations you are getting married. So many things to do with so little time. Just of the few things you need to plan for are the caterer, venue, church, guest list, photographer. How do you go about choosing the sometime forgotten photographer? The photographer is arguably one of the most important things you must pick out for your wedding. 5 years after your wedding no one is going to remember the food, or the table settings. The only real tangible memories you are going to have are your photographs. This reason alone is enough to invest a large amount of time into picking a photographer that is going to not only take great pictures, but is easy to work with and affordable.
In choosing a photographer you have to keep in mind where your venue is going to be. Most likely the wedding is going to be in an area that you or your husband is familiar with. Your photographer should be familiar with your wedding venue as well. The internet has given rise to the traveling picture taker. Some photographers will take excellent pictures, but are not familiar with the culture, and geography of your wedding venue. It pays huge dividends to hire a local photographer. I myself was looking at a few different companies that were up to 400 miles away from where my wife and I were going to get married. In the end we went with the local guy and were extremely satisfied with the way our pictures turned out. Just a little side note since economic times are tough at this instance. If you get a local photographer the money that you are paying him/her stays in the local community. It is like your own personal stimulus package.
Now that you have narrowed down your search to a few local photographers it is important to see what each one offers. Probably the most important thing to ask a potential photographer is if you get the rights to your photos after the wedding. Why is this important? If you do not get the rights to the photos, you legally always have to go back to the photographer if you want additional prints, or digital copies.
Negotiate price. Don’t fall for the photographers stated price. If you really like someone, but feel that you could get a better deal somewhere else let the person know that you are thinking about going elsewhere because of price. It never hurts to ask. The worst thing that could happen is that there is no wiggle room in the stated rates.
Make sure you don’t fall for the “I will make a book for you scam”. Some photographers are charging upwards of $1,000 for a book that will sit and collect dust on your coffee table. In today’s digital world these are becoming less and less popular.
Look for more wedding and engagement tips in my other articles.