Cheap Wedding Photos - Choose a Quality Wedding Photographer

by wrylilt

Get perfect picture memories while still saving money.

When you are preparing for a wedding there are so many things to plan - from dresses and suits to table decorations and transport. Of course wedding photos are a major part of any wedding - they are the one way to keep lasting memories of your special day.

There are hundreds of wedding photographers in most large cities. Many of them are good but many of them charge a lot. Some do small packages, other charge per photo and per video. So you need to be prepared to pick the right one for you.

The following guide will give you some tips for finding and picking your perfect photographer. Remember - this will be your one permanent record of your wedding!

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How To Find a Wedding Photographer

You can spend lots of time shopping around for a quality photographer. However there are a few ways to tell quickly if one might be suitable:

  1. Word of mouth. Ask your friends and relatives who they used for their wedding, including costs, packages and overall service.
  2. Booked up. Is the photographer all booked up? Chances are they are a better photographer than the one who says "Sure, we don't have any bookings yet for that month." On the flip side, they may be a great photographer but be new to the business or poor at marketing.
  3. Google them. Have a look online - if they have been doing an exceptional job chances are they have been mentioned in an online blog, forum post or news article.
  4. Experience. A more experienced photographer will have more experience setting up photos, lighting and the best angles.

Choosing Which Photographer To Go With

So you've narrowed it down to maybe five photographers who seem to have reasonable pricing and now you just need to visit them and have a friendly chat. Here are some things to check:

  1. Quality of Work. Have a look at photography they've done previously. Is it up to scratch? Are all the photos similar or has the photographer made the pictures creative and different for each couple or person?
  2. Pricing. It's best to make sure the price is midway. Too cheap and it can mean they're new to the business or don't think their work is worth more. Too expensive and well... your wedding budget will go on photos!
  3. Packages. See what packages are available. If you're having a small wedding you don't need overkill on the photography.

 

Package Deals

Wedding photographs can go into the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. It's a good idea to see what packages are available. Here are some examples:

  • Full package - photos during wedding preparation, arrival, wedding, reception and scenic photos as well as video footage.
  • Medium package - photos upon arrival, wedding, reception and scenic photos.
  • Small package - Scenic photos only.

Tips

  • Adding the word wedding onto an item or service can double its price.
  • See if there's a non wedding package available if you don't want a lot of pictures. Often this can be cheaper.
  • Decide on a location for scenic photos ahead of time.
  • Make sure you pay the photographer before the wedding (usually 50% or a deposit). This way money problems won't arise on the day.

 

Updated: 02/16/2015, wrylilt
 
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dustytoes on 05/07/2012

Thank you for this good advice. My daughter will be getting married next year in a small ceremony and we don't want to have to spend a ton of money for a few good photos, but want them to be done by a professional.

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