Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wedding Photographer

It is given that there will be several large purchases. Pictures, flowers, food, and location are all high dollar expenses. They don't have to be though. Here's a few ways to cut corners and save some $$$.

How to save money on pictures: you don't! Pictures are the one thing that you keep with you to show your kids and grandkids. They are your one visible reminder of that special day that you will likely not remember because of everything else that is going on in your head. Here however are a few things you can look for to make sure you get the best value for your money.
  1. Style - This is the most important thing to look for. Look at their other albums and make sure you like their style. Are they more strait forward or artsy in style? Do they do formal settings or candid photos? Do they prefer black and white, sepia tone (spelling?) or color photos?
  2. Copyrights - This is the digital age now so it costs nothing for them to burn you a CD of all of the shots they took. A lot of photographers are giving you the full rights to all the pictures they take now so it isn't unreasonable to expect that. This is nice as you'll probably want to give pictures to family and friends and may want more for your house later.
  3. Availability - You should be their only priority that weekend. It takes time to shoot the girls getting ready, the wedding, and reception. All in all, they'll probably take 4,000 or so shots.
We went with (once like a spark) for ours and so far have been very happy with that choice. Hopefully pretty soon we'll get our pictures back and we'll know if our impression of them is the well founded.

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