Before saying "I do," you'll have a long list of tasks to do and consider. One of the most important decisions you'll need to make is what wedding photographer you want to hire. After picking the perfect one, there are several things you can do to ensure memorable pictures.
To help narrow down the list of potential photographers, get recommendations from friends and family members, and ask to see their portfolio of work when you meet with them. Make sure that the types of photographs they take match your desires. For instance, if you prefer more natural-looking photos, ask the photographer if the're willing to take pictures outdoors.
No matter what your wedding-planning budget is, you'll be able to find a photographer that you can afford. For instance, if your finances are tight, look for a photographer who is just starting out. Since they are trying to build their portfolio and contact list, their prices will most likely be less than veteran wedding photographers.
While you may be tempted to go with an amateur picture-taker, such as a friend with a photography hobby, to save money, you may regret the quality of your photos in the long run. Even if you have to choose a smaller picture package, it's probably best to go with a higher-level photographer to ensure top quality.
Here are some additional tips for getting the wedding pictures of your dreams.
Before hiring a photographer, ask to see what kinds of picture packages they offer. Some will include both indoor and outdoor photos, with a variety of backdrops. Also, ask if full photo editing is including the package price, or if you'll need to pay extra for that service.
Another thing to inquire about is their typical turnaround time. If the photographer works for themselves, the pictures make take longer to get back than those of a larger photography studio.
If you have a specific wedding theme in mind, make sure that the photographer is equipped with the type of backdrops and props that you'll need. If not, you may have to bring them to the shoot yourself, which may add to the overall price.
Some wedding photography backdrops include hay bales, which are ideal for rustic country barn settings, flower- and vine-draped gazebos for charming, garden-inspired pictures, and velvet fabric for an elegant appeal.
You can also go for a whimsical look with colorful balloon arches or large cut-out shapes, such as a moon and stars.