What to Look For in a Wedding Photographer

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Wedding PhotographerYour wedding photographer can make or break your cherished memories. The process of finding the wedding photographer who is right for you can be a daunting one. There are certain things you will want to look for when choosing a photographer for your special day.

One of the most important things to look for is a wedding photographer that uses the correct equipment and editing program. These days some use both digital cameras and old fashioned film cameras. Ideally you will want a wedding photographer that uses both. You will also want a photographer that edits their own work. Most professional photographers will have your photos back to you approximately one month after your wedding date. If their turn- around time is less than a month it may mean they cut corners during the editing process.

It is also important to consider the rate they would be charging you. While professional wedding photographers don’t come cheap you also want to ensure that you aren’t getting taken advantage of and paying more than you need to. Comparing the rates of a few local wedding photographers can help you choose the one that fits your budget the best without compromising the quality of the services they will provide you with.

Aside from ensuring the equipment used and the price you are being charged is something you are happy with, it is also important to have good chemistry with your wedding photographer. You and your partner should be able to ask him or her questions and get satisfactory answers. Making clear to the photographer what exactly you want on your wedding day will help ensure that he or she is able and willing to do what you ask. If you want a laid back wedding you need an easygoing photographer, though if you want a formal wedding a more reserved photographer will be your best choice. Either way, you will want to find a wedding photographer that is willing to meet with you beforehand to determine the list of shots and poses you will want them to take on your wedding day.

One way to get a good idea of a photographer’s style before you hire them is to view their portfolio. Any reputable wedding photographer will have one to show you when asked. Looking at each of the pictures in their portfolio will help you see the poses they know how to shoot effectively. You and your partner should look at the photos together and rate each one. The higher you rate the photos the more likely you are to be pleased with your own wedding photos.

A wedding photographer should be able to travel to your venue before the big day. They will need to get a feel for the venue so that they know exactly where they will be working. Your photographer should discuss this with you at a time where you can visit the venue together, in order to start planning.

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