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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
After you've spent countless hours and dollars planning the picture-perfect wedding, you want a photographer who can deliver the perfect pictures. Wedding photos should capture each precious moment and event of the whirlwind day in a beautiful, creative way. After the vows, the dancing, and the cake have all passed by in a blur, you want to be left with photographs that will remind you of the joy, surprise, and love of the day - a beautiful collection of images to be cherished for years to come.

In the field of wedding photography, there are many skilled photographers to choose from, and the decision can seem overwhelming. First and foremost, keep in mind that the pictures are the whole reason that you are hiring someone. You must like the photographs and be comfortable with the person's photographic style and vision. By now you have probably seen lots of wedding images and have an idea of what you want so search for photographers with a style that suits your needs.

Weddings are major events with large price tags, but keep in mind that one year after the wedding you will be left with a ring on your finger and your wedding album to remind you of this wonderful event. Most photographers can offer similar albums, prints, or cards. What you are really paying for are the photographer's vision, creativity, and the images that they can create. Regardless of the price or what's included, no package is a good deal unless the images are great. Prioritize your spending so that you can get a nice album and the best photographer that you can afford.

Once you've narrowed your potential photographer list down, meet with them. Ask yourself if you are comfortable with them. After all, you will be spending most of your wedding day with this person and should not book them if you can't be yourself. No photographer is right for every couple.

Finally, it only takes one person to book your date and leave you without your first choice. Once you have found the photographer that's right for you, sign a contract and secure your date as soon as possible.

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