You are planning for your very special wedding day. You have decided on florists, location, dress and a honeymoon destination. It is your time to shine and of course you must have the whole nine yards.
Suddenly, your third cousin on your mother’s side, who has always had a thing for taking great stock photos, pops into your mind. Don’t fall for it. With a little research and time you can find a photographer whose professional services won’t cost you an arm and a leg. The question is how?
How to have Your Cake and Eat It?
With wedding photography prices the way they are, it would be good to decide on the budget as it relates to photography before you actually get started. Noted below are some tips to help you make the best selection.
Get Started early – By allowing yourself enough time to research, compare and negotiate, you will definitely be in position to make a good choice and not just resort to what is available at the time.
Value for money – examine the packages offered, weigh the experience level of the photographer against the rate before you make your decision.
Let’s face it – wedding photographs are immortalised memories of a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you certainly don’t want those botched up.
A cheap wedding photographer would definitely cut hundreds of dollars from the wedding budget as it relates to photography. However be careful that you don’t get more than you bargained for – or should I say less?
Most couples who have made wrong choices with photographers can tell you that botched wedding photographs are something that they never quite get over. Year after year, anniversary after anniversary – regret is definitely more costly that the professional wedding photographs could ever be.
What’s The Big Deal?
The purpose of hiring a professional photographer is to satisfy your desire to always have flattering pictures of your most memorable day. The odds of your photos being spoiled are greatly increased if the photographer is not a professional at his/her craft.
In addition, the wedding moments once gone are forever gone. There is just no way to re-capture the event a second time around, or to fix shaky photos that are blurred or ruined. It is definitely practical to budget properly for photography expenses, however hiring cheap wedding photographers just might turn out to be much more costly.
Experience Takes the Cake
Having an experienced photographer (one you can afford), will obviously contribute positively to the outcome of the photos.
On the other hand, finding cheap wedding photographers doesn’t necessarily mean you have found inexperienced ones. Many professionals offer bargains from time to time, especially when it is not the wedding season.
Competition may also be another factor which might require professionals to lower their prices in order to remain competitive.
It’s A Wrap!
By no means, am I suggesting that you throw out your budget – just don’t base your decision on a supposed bargain alone.
Choosing a photographer with excellent references and detailed samples of work previously done will go a far way in protecting your interests. Also, in a bid to avoid any form of regret, ensure that the wedding photographer style of work is in sync with what you have in mind.
Be clear about what you want, the photographer may be in charge of taking the photos, however it is still your wedding and you are the one paying.
Do thorough research until you find a photographer that is compatible with your budget and your ideal end result – you may still have to tweak your budget a bit. However hey, life is all about balance, right?