Tips for Getting the Best Wedding Photographs

Wedding photos are a permanent memory of that one special day in any couple’s lives. A huge part of the wedding budget is always reserved for the photography and the couples expect nothing but the very best shots from their service provider. But in order to get a quality wedding photographer whom you can rely on to capture the most stunning moments during the wedding, there are certain factors you must give a keen consideration to. They are as follows:

Don’t pay too much attention to the price

Other than focusing on the price that the photographer will charge, you need to focus on the package that will be best suited for your kind of wedding. You need to search for the wedding photographers that are able to offer theme based packages which will be suitable for your style, your location as well as other setups during the wedding. You should also incorporate the style of photography to be used as there are very many different styles couples can pick from.

Pick on your preferred hues

Knowing your preferred hues for the photographs will also be essential in getting the best from the photographer. Whether you want black and white hues or you simply want to go with warm tones, you should make it clear to the wedding photographer and ensure that they understand the hues and in case they don’t have them, then you can search for another service provider. If the photographer have this knowledge in advance, they can prepare well and come with the appropriate cameras and lighting equipment to enable them take the kind of shots that you desire.

Get sample poses

It is ideal that you give the wedding photographer your preferred poses that you would like them to capture. This will help a lot in helping them to understand the kind of poses to go for on the wedding such. There are several resources online where you can ideas about some of the best poses that will you can use on your wedding day.

Use a photo booth

It might not be an easy task to get the photographer to take photos of you together with all the guests on the wedding day. This can be a bit tiring and it might compromise on the quality of the shots as it will be done in a hurry. Instead, you can set up a photo booth with some nice backgrounds where the guests can take a few photos which they will use to remember your wedding.

Are Expensive Wedding Photographers Better Than Inexpensive Wedding Photographers?

Some brides and grooms out there pay excessive amounts for wedding photographers. There is nothing wrong with this if you know exactly the photographer you want and you fall in love with their work. It also helps if you can afford it. The question is however, is a more expensive wedding photographer a better photographer? Is an inexpensive and more affordable photographer just not as qualified? Well I know of one photographer that actually charges over $50,000 to shoot an 8 hour wedding. He sold the photos from the wedding at ridiculous prices to. Let’s just say a wallet sized photo was $60.00. And guess what? The bride & groom and their family ordered tons of pictures at those bloated prices? Do you know what the photographer paid for the photo?

Let us just say he made out like a bandit. Wow. So basically if that photographer shot only 2 weddings a year that would be a pretty nice income for most people. Many photographers have figured this out and created their wedding photography package prices to be high priced and bloated. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this but if you are wondering if these people that paid so much for their wedding photography got better photography coverage at their wedding because they could afford more, you are mistaken. So why did all these people pay so much money for their wedding photography? Were the photos better quality?

Were they on diamond covered photo paper? Did he have a special camera? No, no and no. This “high-end” photographer actually once worked at a regular priced photography studio. He left that studio confident that he could get a high price for his work and began marketing himself in more affluent areas with very classy looking, artsy ads. That was it. He only needed one or two weddings a year to make a good living but what he did do was change his perceived value. Perceived value when it comes to anything is a funny thing. Was his photography so amazing? He was really good as are many photographers but he also wasn’t any better than the art student that came in with photos he took from his cousins wedding. He definitely in my opinion was not worth 50k.

He shot weddings in the same nice attire that all the other photographers shot in, he had the same photography equipment as most of them… so what it comes down to is how he marketed himself and what his perceived value was. Word of mouth among the affluent about this “high-end” photographer allowed him to do very well in his business but behind the scenes, he was laughing all the way to the bank. A good photographer is a good photographer. You can change his/her perceived value around with a twist of marketing and words. The thing is, many photographers are not always great business people. If they were, they would open up their own studios and charge whatever they like. In fact, often inexpensive photographers can be true artists.

They prefer to focus more on their passion of photography & shooting weddings rather than being businessmen & women. This I believe shows in their work. So basically what it boils down to is this; Decide what you are willing to spend on your wedding photography, visit only the studios that are in your wedding budget and then look at a sample wedding of the photographers work. This is the most important part. You have to like the style that you see in the photographers sample work. Look for testimonials and make sure that they promise you a backup photographer if something goes wrong. If you like what you see and the price is right then you can be assured that you are making the correct decision.

Your Wedding Photographer – Some Typical Questions Answered

Before deciding upon a Wedding Photographer there are several questions that you should be asking. Included here is a series of questions and the answers given by a Professional Wedding Photographer with over 15 years of experience.

1. What type of coverage are you offering and for how long? Do you charge by the hour or just for the day?

White Wedding Photographers has only one package to alleviate any confusion. It includes photos at your wedding ceremony and at the location/s of your choice. This package cost $3300 and includes 2 Professional Wedding Photographers, a DVD with all of the photos in high resolution on it, a magazine style album with 20-50 pages as well as a Pre-Wedding Photography session.

We separate the package to give maximum flexibility for all budgets. If you want further coverage say at the brides house before the ceremony or at the reception then it is charged at $275 per hour. We have found that offering this is the best way to allow our clients to decide how long they want to be photographed.

So to answer the question more concisely we charge the flat rate of $3300 for the ceremony and locations photos and $275 per hour for any additional coverage you request. If you want us for the reception or any other part not included in the package we will agree on the amount of time before the day. This stops you from looking at your watch knowing that the clock is ticking. We maintain maximum flexibility to ensure we fit every budget. This has been our winning formula for many years.

2. What is included in your coverage? Which photographer/s will attend my wedding day? What will they be wearing?

Included as mentioned above are the wedding ceremony and location/s photos, any extra coverage is at $275 per hour. I (Susan White) will be your photographer; I have over 15 years experience photographing weddings. I wear black pants and a white button up shirt. It is neat casual and fit in well with the guests. I always have an assistant with me who also takes photos and they to also wear black pants and a white shirt.

3. What style of photography are you most comfortable with? What style are you most effective at?

I love to work with children and babies and over the years I have taken some beautiful photos of these magical little people. Wedding Photography is however how I make my living; I am comfortable in a candid journalistic style standing off with my zoom sniping photos of people having the time of their lives. I am also skilled at working with people on location and positioning them for their best angles! Working at weddings for years has given me many skills, most of all the ability to anticipate what is coming next and to recorded it.

4. What type of experience has my photographer had at weddings? Can you provide some recent examples of work?

As mentioned above I have over 15 years experience photographing weddings. Sometimes the subjects are non-cooperative sometimes they are a dream to work with either way I always manage to capture the essence of their day and this is truly a gift that I possess. I would love to meet with you over a coffee and show you some work first hand but in the mean time you can see some recent photos on my web site, the details are listed in the author bio.

5. I am a little self conscious of some of my physical flaws. What can you do to make the most of my physical attributes?

I can do lots for you: If you have some attribute or something that you just dont like about yourself I cannot stress how important it is to tell me, your photographer. I want to present your memories to you in the most flattering way and the last thing I want for you to say is: Gee I really love that pic except for the ____.

You can rest assured that there is nothing to be embarrassed about when consulting me on this issue. What ever it may be we will simply position and pose you for the best angles. The most important thing however is that you speak up because without this knowledge I may take an entire wedding of something you dont like because of something trivial that you never mentioned.

6. What is included in my package?

Included is coverage of your Ceremony and Location/s photos. As mentioned above any more is charged at $275 per hour with the amount of time pre-arranged before the day to stop you worrying about the time. You receive a DVD with the proofs as well as the hi res edited ones, you also receive a magazine style album and a pre-wedding photography session.

7. If I dont like a particular element of a package can I swap it for something that I do like? How will this affect the price of my package?

Of course, however the coverage of your ceremony and location is fixed. All other elements are interchangeable without any type of penalty to you. You can find our price list on our web site, the details are listed in the author bio box.

We have found that letting the client decide what they want to be the best way to put a package together. The average cost is around the $1200 mark; this usually gets some nice framed photos and a canvas or two. We dont have set packages with this album or that; we leave it up to you to decide what you would like. We can guide you on what works well and what is popular but ultimately you have the final say and you sure wont be getting something that you never asked for.

8. I am in the process of planning my wedding day and we are thinking around (state the date). Are you available?

Yes but usually we fill up well in advance so it is a good idea to pay your deposit to ensure that you spot is not taken by another couple. Our policy is a 30% deposit with 100% paid for 6 weeks prior to your day. We have various payment methods. The most important thing to remember is to book early to be sure you get your day and not a photographer you dont want.

9. What is required of me before my wedding day?

If you decide to use White Wedding Photographers I will personally be working very closely with you.

Initially I will email you a set of questions that will help me understand your needs and desires. They are not detailed, just an overview. I usually meet my clients for coffee to put a name to a face so to speak; this gives us a chance to have a chat and talk about the emails.

I will encourage you to send me emails of photos that you like and I will send some to you doing the same. This also helps us get a better idea of what you are seeking.

If you dont know what you are seeking I will work with you to show you the different styles and types of photos you can have as well as suggesting the best location/s for wedding photos. The questionaries, emails and interaction will get us to a point where you will know exactly how you want to record your wedding.

We will have the pre-wedding photography session where we will do a dry run of your location/s and give you a good understanding of what will be required on your day. This will leave you in no doubt as to what will happen and how I personally work. It is fun and always enjoyed by the couple and we will get some stunning photos.

10. I have heard of some photographers doing a pre-wedding photo session at the bride and grooms chosen locations to make sure everything will run smoothly on the day. Do you offer this service? If not, what will you do to ensure that my chosen locations are suitable for wedding photos?

As mentioned above: We will have the pre-wedding photography session where we will do a dry run of your location/s and give you a good understanding of what will be required on your day. This will leave you in no doubt as to what will happen and how I personally work. It is always fun and always enjoyed by the couple and of course we will get some stunning photos.

If you are unavailable for this session or simply do not want it then I always attend your selected location/s before the wedding, I seek out the best positions and will have a good understanding of where we will take the photos. I never ever turn up on the day and say: that looks good there. I am always prepared and have been to your location before the wedding day. Chances are I already know your location and have worked there before. But if not I will do a little recon to be prepared.

Good luck searching for that elusive wedding photographer and may your marriage be a long and lasting one.