Let me begin by saying I highly recommend a professional photographer to capture your once in a lifetime moment. They have the best equipment, know what lighting to look for, have some tools to add effects, and the software and knowledge on touching up the photos! Before calling the photographers, check out their websites or blogs. It amazes me how different photographers taking photos of the same thing can make it appear so different!! So look over the work to discover the photographer’s style, to find a match with you.
- Don’t insult a photographer whose services are $8000 by offering them $3000. If your budget is $3000, you need to look at photographers in that price range! If you find a photographer whose package is $3800, you can realistically negotiate.
- Ask if the photographer will be using an assistant, and how much extra the double shots are costing?
- Consider skipping the “getting ready” shots, and booking the photographer for the ceremony through the cake-cutting.
- Take time to research some photos, and then make an appointment with the photographer and explain what shots are important to you. This way you get the photos you want, and the photographer takes less photos.
- Opt for the photographer’s basic package. Services (editing, retouching) get bundled into one fee, making it more cost-effective.
- Ask for a CD or Flash drive of the images and a release to reprint them. That way you can order your photos from an inexpensive online service. (Note: the photos might not be as good of quality as the photographer’s prints!)
- Consider hiring an established photographer’s associate. By helping the associate build their portfolio, you can get a better rate.
The photographer is there is there to capture the moment, ones other might have missed. Like this photos where the father of the bride was admiring his daughter, and she was completely unaware of it.
And here is one of a bride sneaking a loving look to the groom during the opening prayer!
Personally, I prefer the natural, unexpected shots. What is your preference? Staged or Natural photos?