Which Wedding Photography Package Should I Choose?

One of the hardest things to do when you are looking for a photographer for your wedding, is try comparing Packages from different photographers. Don’t do that.

First, find one or two Photographers that you like and that are still available for the date of your wedding. Choose the one that you like most and ask him/her about what your choices are and what he could recommend, based on the details of your wedding that you just explained to him/her.
 
No matter what your budget is, I personally recommend a package that would include a “Costume Designed Album” (big album) with an average of at least 24 to 30 pages and if possible a “Proof Album” (all pictures from your wedding).

 
There are many other extras that you might want to add to your package, like;
 
– More pages to your album
– CD or DVD with all pictures in high resolution
– Professional Photo/video Slide-Show
-Parent albums
– Enlargements
– Etc, etc, etc
 
But these are extras and for sure will add on the value of your Package.
 
You need to be realistic about how much you can invest in your Wedding Pictures. A good suggestion is to have a budget around 15% of your entire wedding saved for your Wedding Photography.
 
You can expect spending an average of $3,000 or more on your wedding photographs, depending on the wedding Photographer that you hire, the photography package that you choose and/or extras that you might add to your package. You can spend a lot more money than you expected and also you can find a cheap Photographer that will do the job for whatever price you want, but I am sure that you are “NOT” going to like the results.

 
This is the most important part about Photography Packages:
 
One of the most important parts of hiring a Wedding Photographer is to know that he/she is a professional and at the end, you will use his/her knowledge and talent to create an elegant “Costume Story Telling Album” designed just for you, and that you and all your family and friends will cherish for the rest of your lives.

Wedding Photography: Preserving the Memories

A person’s wedding can be one of the most important times in their life. They will have memories that they want to treasure forever and then pass on to their children. Wedding photography helps them do this. Having pictures taken at the wedding and then at the reception can capture those precious memories in freeze-frame and help you keep them forever.

Pictures are important so you want to be sure you get good photos, high quality photos that you can enjoy forever.

Most people will have a wedding book designed out of the collection of the best wedding photos. Usually the photographer will do this for you. You will then have a beautiful scrapbook from your wedding to hold your memories.

Choosing a photographer is a very important step in your wedding pictures. You want someone experienced that will do an excellent job for you. It’s possible that you may be on a budget and price may be a factor as well.

How Do You Choose a Wedding Photographer?

There are several things you are going to want to look for with the most important being the quality of the work. It would be great if you could find a photographer that you had seen in action, perhaps at a family member or friend’s wedding. The hardest part of choosing a wedding photographer is that you sign a contract and agree to pay before you have ever seen the photos. That’s how it works in the world of wedding photography; you must make your decision based of faith in the photographer. So how do you make a decision like this?

Referrals

First, you are going to want to look at referrals. Ask your friends or family members who did their weddings and start compiling a list. You will also need to verify that these people are still photographing. Ask everyone you can about their wedding and their wedding pictures. Most people will even let you see their wedding photos and you can check out the photographer’s work.

Experience & Samples

Aside from samples from people you know, you can ask the photographer himself about samples. You can call the photographers on your list and do an interview over the phone or make an appointment to meet in person. This is your chance to ask the photographer any questions you may have such as their experience, what training they have and what different types of photography they have studied. If you are doing an in-person interview, the photographer can show you portfolios of samples of their work. If doing a phone interview, that ends well, you may want to go in person and see a portfolio.

Schedule and Appointment

When you have chose the photographer you think you want to use, you will have to schedule several appointments. The bride and groom, the bride’s parents and anyone else who may be taking part in paying for the wedding should be present at these meetings regarding the wedding photography.

At these meetings, you will discuss price, payment schedule and possible deposits. Next you will discuss the plan for taking the photos. Many people also get video and digital photographs now. Do you want these? Will your photographer be able to provide these? Will there be extra fees?

Many people have specific plans as to what they want pictures of (e.g. bride and father coming down the aisle, bride and groom, rings exchanging, the kiss, the bridesmaids, etc.) This is your chance to get all this written down so that the photographer is sure to get all the shots you want. Other people give their photographers a little more freedom to decide what pictures will be good to take.

Be sure to ask any questions you have about this important event. Your wedding photography is important to you so don’t hesitate to be clear about what you want.

Wedding Photography Styles Revealed!

These days, there are some pretty distinct styles of wedding photography present in the market. The names for these various styles include: Traditional, Documentary, Photojournalism, Illustrative, Contemporary, Reportage, Candid, and many others. However, when shopping for a wedding photographer you should not assume that the name of the style fits the work. The best way to truly know your photographer’s style is to look at their portfolios and albums. I will attempt to provide a very brief summary of the 4 major styles that are most prevalent:

TRADITIONAL
Traditional photographers often refer to their style as “timeless”. The emphasis is to capture romantic poses in a classic style. There is also much more emphasis on taking posed photos of family and friends. A traditional photographer often has more interaction with the bride and groom, which can cause the shoot to take more time. These types of wedding photographers should be experts in lighting, posing and family portraits. Some will work off of a so-called “shot list” that the bride and groom are asked to complete before the wedding.

PHOTOJOURNALISM
In its purest form, photojournalism takes a documentary approach to wedding photography with emphasis on candid photos with little or no posing. Other names for this style include Reportage, Documentary or Candid wedding photography. A true photojournalist will capture emotion, laughter and the fun present at all weddings. The resulting wedding album will tell the story of the day in a creative, artistic way. Photojournalists interact less with the married couple throughout the day and will usually take less time.

ILLUSTRATIVE
Illustrative photography is a slightly newer style designation, but it has been around for a while. It contains elements of both photojournalism and traditional photography. An illustrative photographer will try to shoot a wedding in a more candid style, but will improve the circumstances when possible. This may include selecting the perfect outdoor background to shoot the couple in front of, or changing the lighting indoors to improve the end result. The photographer may ask the bride to get dressed close to an open window with natural light available, but then photograph her in a candid style with no posing.

CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary wedding photography has only just emerged as a style in the past few years. This style is about creating high-fashion types of images. Cover girl types of poses, glamorous make-up and edgy backgrounds are all part of Contemporary wedding photography. Studio lighting may be used to create images with impact. A very hands-on approach is taken with both the bride and groom. They will be instructed to create very deliberate poses, the types you may see in fashion magazines. If you are a more reserved type of person, this may not be the style for you. This type of coverage can be just as time consuming as Traditional wedding photography, but the results can be spectacular.

It’s doubtful that most wedding photographers will neatly into any of one these styles. But when you meet with them, you may hear that they can provide you with bits and pieces of all of the above. The real test is the actual photos each wedding photographer produces. Ask all the photographers you meet where they fit into the above styles, but above all, look at their work!