Wedding Photography – Budget Or High End?

Are you in the mist of planning a wedding? If so, wedding photography may be the last thing on your mind. But reconsider.

The wedding dress, ceremony, reception and cake will all be major features of your wedding. But, just as important are your wedding photos, for these will be viewed time and again by yourself, friends and family for years – if not generations – to come, bringing back sweet memories of events on your special day.

It’s true that high end wedding photography can be a large expense, but you’ll find professional photographers to fit all budgets, and beautiful wedding shots certainly are a way of ensuring that the magic of your special day lives on for years and generations to come.

So, get busy contacting local professional photographers for free quotes. It’s more than likely they’ll offer a variety of packages to suit all pockets. For example, a budget package might include attendance at the actual ceremony, resulting in a limited number of photos displayed in a traditional matted album.

If you’re after more than just the basics but still don’t want to spend a fortune, plump for a mid-priced package, which should include longer photographic attendance at your wedding, more photos, displayed in a better quality album, plus a few additional extras, such as an online gallery.

Perhaps you can afford a no-expenses-spared wedding? In that case, you’d be wise to invest in quality, upper price range wedding photography. With this, you’ll get top quality products and advice, plenty of photos in a handmade, custom-designed album, along with a variety of additional products.

But, what if you’ve overspent on your dress or cake, or don’t have a lot of money left over for wedding photography? What can you do to ensure your reduced budget doesn’t compromise the overall quality of your wedding pictures?

First of all, remember not to wear yourself out too much whilst planning your wedding, so that you’re fresh to really enjoy yourself once your special day arrives. This way, you’re pictures are sure to come out better – whether taken by a family friend or by a professional photographer.

Secondly, use pictures to create more pictures. A recent trend in weddings is to create slideshows of special or embarrassing photographs of the bride and groom, especially during their childhood days.

Another way of saving on wedding photography is to let your guests take pictures. Leave a cheap, disposable camera on each table, along with a note encouraging your guests to snap pictures of each other, the wedding reception, and so forth. These pictures could turn out to be some of your most interesting shots.

And, of course, you’ll also want to appoint a family member or friend to be in charge of the main wedding photos, taking more traditional shots.

While these wedding photography approaches will get you some unique photographs at an affordable price, they certainly won’t replace the amazing pictures produced by a professional photographer.

As outlined above, wedding photography doesn’t have to break the bank. Even if you’re on a budget, you can have your wedding documented with wonderful pictures. Remember, the cost is more than worth it. Your wedding and the magic created will live on for years.

Wedding Photography – Tips For Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Your wedding album will be the most lasting reminder of your big day.

I know family and friends will be taking plenty of photos, but it’s wise to book a professional photographer, as we are talking about the biggest day of your life!

The first thing to consider is what style of photography appeals to you. Do you want very formal, traditional photos with lots of group photos, or would you prefer natural, un-posed images, capturing the day’s events as they unfold? “Reportage” is a term commonly used to describe this style of photography. You must also decide where and when you want your photos taken. Do you want photos in your home, as you are getting ready? Do you want the speeches to be photographed, and the first dance? A very important decision is whether you want an album, or just the digital files. With the digital files, you can create your own album, prints, DVD slideshows, and most photographers will allow you to use them on social networking sites such as Facebook.

I include the digital files with all my wedding packages, but most of my bride’s and groom’s still have an album, because it would be very difficult for them to match the creativity of the design, and the quality of the printing & albums I produce. If your budget stretches to it, then let your photographer design & print your album for you.

Once you’ve made these decisions, it’s time to find a photographer!

A good way to find a photographer is through personal recommendation, ask friends what they thought of their wedding photographer. Alternatively, you can find your wedding photographer in the bridal press, wedding directories, local newspapers, Yellow Pages, and of course, on the Internet.

Almost all professional photographers have a web site, with a large gallery of photographs. This is an excellent way to study their work, style and creativity. If you like what you see, make an appointment to meet up with the photographer. You will be able to view sample albums, and discuss your individual requirements. It’s important to view albums containing complete weddings, not just a few hand picked images.

Make sure the person you meet is the person who will be taking your photographs, and be sure this person created the albums you view. You must feel relaxed and comfortable with your photographer, and be able to trust them to work well with you on the day. Don’t be shy to tell him or her exactly what you want, what style of photos work for you, and who are the important people on the day! Point out photos you particularly like in their portfolio; this will help your photographer to understand what you are after.

Everyone has a budget, but you get what you pay for ! The cost of the photography usually includes: preparation for the day, visiting the venue, reception and any other locations, prior to the wedding; production of the proofs, and lastly designing and producing your album. All this takes considerable time, and must be charged for. If a photographer is cheap, you must ask yourself why? You don’t want your photographer taking short cuts, and compromising the quality of your wedding photography!

You should, however, check for any hidden charges. Do prices include VAT, are albums included in the price, etc. Some photographers may also charge for travel and accommodation.

OK, so you’ve found the perfect photographer… now book quickly! The best photographers have bookings well in advance. You should book as soon as possible; and it’s never too early to start looking.

So now it’s your wedding day. Here are a few tips to have you looking fantastic in front of the camera.

Enjoy Yourself! You don’t need to be a supermodel to look great in photos. If you are having a good time, relaxed and enjoying yourself, it will show in the pictures, you’ll look happy and radiant.

Don’t worry about the dress, don’t worry about your hair, don’t worry about anything.

Your wedding day passes so quickly, time travels super-fast, so soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the attention, and the smiles will come naturally! If you feel really nervous or self-conscious about photos, then choose a photographer who specialises in natural, un-posed shots, and most of the time you won’t even realise you are having your photo taken!

Give yourself plenty of time. When you plan the day, always factor in enough time for delays, traffic queues or late arrivals. It’s quite easy to get behind schedule, so make sure you have some spare time in your itinerary. There’s nothing worse than rushing on your wedding day, and it won’t be easy smiling for photos when you know the wedding breakfast is going cold!

It’s Your Wedding Day… Not a Photo Shoot . If you find your jaw aching from smiling, or just need a break from the camera, then tell your photographer you need a rest for 5 minutes. Have a drink or a chat with friends, and continue with any photos you need later. This may be difficult to do if you have a tight schedule, or want loads of posed photos, so consider this when you’re planning the day’s events.

Natural Smiles. Your chosen photographer will know how to put you at ease; it’s their job. The most important thing is to relax, pretend the camera is not there, and act naturally. I always find that a relaxed and happy atmosphere, and a glass or two of bucks fizz, put a smile on the face of even the most nervous bride and groom!

Have a wonderful wedding day!

John Haworth L.M.P.A.

Why Your Wedding Photography Initial Consultation is So Important

You are recently engaged and embarking on the hard yards of planning a wedding. The Service and Reception have been booked, and you come to the Photography. This is where the nightmare starts!

Wedding Photography is a mine field – so many products to chose from, so many photographers to chose from. Where do you start?

The internet is the place of choice these days. The thing to remember with your Google search is that the businesses on the first page are not necessarily there due to being the best – sometimes they are there as they pay big bucks to Google to be there. Getting a good page on Google is big business – and more competitive than the actual photography market!!! Moreover, it might pay to have a look further down the list rather than focusing on the first couple of pages – you might find better value for money this way.

Next step – getting a ball park figure. As a consumer, we understand the need to have some idea of pricing, so as to not waste the time of either party. Therefore, we like to know and work with a ball park figure. As business owners, many photographers are happy to give a ball park figure, however, are reluctant to send a price list via email. The reason for this is due to the fact that generally, price lists do not cover the detail of the products that are available. Also, when you buy a car, would you even consider without first having a look at the physical product? Photography is the same. To see and feel a physical product is vastly different to seeing it online. Hence, get a ball park figure, and if this is within your budget, make an appointment.

The next question is “How many photographers do I see?” Well, you have the choice on being overwhelmed on one or two occasions, or on lots of occasions. See, the thing with Wedding Photography is the number of choices. Knowing what you want is a good place to start when going to see a photographer.

You tell them what you want, and let them give you a quote. Doing the research online is a good way to find out what products are available. When you go to see your photographer, have a list of questions ready.

It is human nature to want to compare. However, if when you go to see the first photographer, the following is true, then consider if you REALLY need to confuse the issue by seeing another one-You LOVE the style and quality of photography, You LOVE the album design concept, You have a good rapport with the photographer (make sure it is the photographer you will have on the day!!!) and The package is within your budget -Makes sense hey!

During the initial consultation, the wedding photographer will provide you with loads of information. There are so many products available, and so many variations on each product, it becomes very overwhelming.

The photographer will be trying to get an idea of your needs by asking a series of questions. At the same time, you will begin to build rapport with the photographer. It is very important that you feel comfortable with the photographer, as they will be with you the whole day of the most important day of your life.

You are also going to spend a lot of time with them after the wedding. If the energy between the two of you does not work, then move on! Allow at LEAST 1-1.5 hours for the Initial Consultation, and remember to take a list of questions.

Don’t skip the initial wedding photography consultation.