Wedding Photography

No wedding is complete without beautiful photographs to document the event. However, prospective brides and grooms can become overwhelmed when trying to choose a photographer. Thankfully, you can avoid the headaches by informing yourself about wedding photography.

What is Wedding Photography?

Simply put, wedding photography documents a marriage. Wedding photos can capture fun, candid shots from a wedding or they can show more formal, posed images of the wedding party. The wedding photos can be black-and-white or in full color, and many photographers will offer to do both.

Typical wedding photos include shots of the first kiss, the first dance and the eating of the wedding cake.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Choosing the perfect wedding photographer might seem like a daunting task. But by following a few steps you can ensure that you pick a photographer who will meet your needs and match your style.

Here are some tips for choosing a wedding photographer:

  • Avoid the Bait and Switch: Some wedding photography companies have more than one photographer on staff. Make sure that the samples you view belong to the photographer who will be at your wedding and are not general samples belonging to the company. A wedding photography company may lure you in with its best photos and then dispatch a rookie to your wedding.
  • Inspect the Goods: Check out the samples of potential wedding photographers. Do you appreciate his style? If you”re a classic couple, you might not like one photographer”s modern, abstract-looking pictures. Or, you might be looking for a photographer who specializes in candid, non-posed wedding photographs. If a particular photographer doesn”t impress you, move on!
  • Make Your Wants Known: Meet with the photographer and his or her assistant prior to the wedding to clarify your expectations. It is your wedding and your wishes should dictate the events.Some pushy photographers may want to run your wedding around their need to get some good photos. Don”t let that happen. Make sure the photographers understand the role you want them to play at the wedding. If he continues to push you toward his agenda, you should consider switching to a different wedding photographer.

Wedding Photographer Contracts

There are a few key considerations to keep in mind before signing a wedding photography contract. You should check all the details, read the fine print and get all of your questions answered. Here are some tips for deciphering wedding photography contracts:

  • Ask Questions: You”ll need to ask your wedding photographer a lot of questions, including:
    • Do we get to keep the proofs for our wedding photos?
    • What”s the cancellation policy?
    • Will there be a variety of formal group photos and candid shots?
    • Will travel time to and from the wedding be included in the bill?
    • Will we need to pay a deposit?
  • Do Your Homework: Know what you”re getting for your money. Some photographers may plan to make the bulk of their money by charging you overtime for remaining at key events (the first dance, the farewell, etc.). Be familiar with the package pricing so that you don”t meet with any unpleasant surprises once the day has passed.Also, get the photographer to commit to a firm date for delivering the finished product.
  • Know the Details: It may sound silly, but make sure that the basic facts are correct on the contract. Is the wedding date correct? Are the addresses for the ceremony and reception correct? Double-check the times for key moments in the event and make sure the times are firm for when the photographer should arrive and depart.

Wedding Photos Budgeting

When it comes to wedding photography, you usually get what you pay for. Most couples pay a minimum of $1,000 for the final wedding photography package, but you may pay more or less depending on the experience and skill of your photographer. The price may also vary depending on the size of your wedding.

Spend time learning the details of the package you will receive. The initially quoted rates may be somewhat misleading, and you may find yourself paying much more for extras that you thought were included in the package.