Welcome Bride, This is a short piece about what to look for in a Wedding Photographer. It is the trend in the past year that more and more individuals are getting into “Photography”. Photography is our profession and we are in year 13 doing Weddings in the Naples, Fort Myers area. We are contacted through our Studio on a weekly basis from Brides that have made the wrong choice for a Wedding Service Provider.
We understand the importance of hiring a photographer for weddings, but often times they are neglected by the people that hired them. Unfortunately, we do not think to research thoroughly enough into what is proper and expected of us by our vendors. Especially when it comes to the photographers. We assume, we hire them, pay them and pick up the pictures. But there is more than that, that we need to do for them.
If you really enjoy their performance, don’t be shy about approaching them; most Entertainers are very friendly people, and will welcome your inquiry. Ask for a business card, and if they would be willing (or are available) to perform for your event. Also many Musicians typically have their CD’s available, for either a nominal charge, or sometimes complimentary.
Wedding Cocktail Hours are usually given the least thought regarding music planning. Why? Well first of all, you (the Bridal Party) are typically not there (for most of it anyway). This time (just after the Wedding Ceremony) is usually allotted for Picture taking with the essex wedding photographer….most often in a different area. That is all fine for the Bridal Party, but don’t forget about your guests!
Some couples love a more traditional approach and some like to have pictures that are in the moment. It is important that the couple sit down with the photographer and see what he or she has to offer. If they are a true artist and devoted to their craft, they may offer suggestions that might help to enhance whatever ideas you already have in mind.
Try not to lose any friends in the run-up. Organising a big event can be quite stressful, so try and be aware of your new stress levels when you are dealing with people. And enjoy it and if possible share the organising with others who would also enjoy playing a part.
The best way to keep the wedding reception cost down is to keep the amount of guests to a minimum. Be aware of how much each guest is going to cost and consider who you could do without. A wedding reception with your closest friends and family is going to be a more pleasurable event than a room full of strangers and you will save a fortune. Just think how nice it will be when you are looking through your wedding photos in 20 years and you still know the people in them. Having no children at the wedding reception can also greatly reduce the numbers and save you a fortune.
Finding a wedding photographer can be easier if you know exactly what you want. There are many places online with examples of pictures taken by professionals so that you can see what appeals to you. It is also best to ask different friends and relatives who they suggest especially if they have photos that you admire. This could save you time and money.