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How do I Choose Between Wedding Photographers?

Choosing between wedding photographers may be a difficult decision, but it is one of the most important decisions for your wedding day. Your wedding will be remembered in photographs, and you want to be sure that the wedding photographer you hire is the best one for the job. There are a few factors to consider when meeting with wedding photographers.

The first thing most couples consider when looking for a wedding photographer is price. When you first meet with a photographer, he or she will likely have a few different package options that vary in features and price. It is a good idea to have a budget in mind, because wedding photographers may be willing to work with you to customize a package to your particular budget -- it never hurts to ask.

You should decide next what kind of package you want. The times of packages vary -- some wedding photographers will work with you all day, while you and the wedding party are getting ready, while others may offer the option of only photographing the actual wedding or even just the ceremony. Some wedding photographers might have a few members on their team, who are then better able to circulate at a bigger wedding and be sure not to miss any moments. A second member of the team might also take photographs of the groom getting ready in the morning, in addition to the more traditional photos of the bride and the bridal party getting dressed.

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Obviously, having more than one person photographing your event will certainly increase the cost. You will need to weigh the pros and cons, but all of these specific features can help you decide between wedding photographers. You will also need to consider how many prints you get and of what size, if you will get to keep the proofs for reprints or they become the property of the photographer, and how many wedding albums you will receive. You may end up saving money in the long run if you choose a wedding photographer who will allow you to keep proofs or digital files to make reprints, even if you pay more for this privilege initially.

Some wedding photographers might also offer engagement photos as part of the package, or offer the option of taking some photos or bridal portraits before the wedding to display at the ceremony or reception. However, it is vitally important that you are comfortable with your wedding photographer or team of photographers and that they are willing to listen to your needs and work with you. If you are clear about what you want, how much you want to spend, and where you are willing or unwilling to compromise, you should have no trouble finding the perfect wedding photographer.

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