Posted on: 22 October 2015
Getting married should be one of the most memorable events in your life, but with so many things to plan, pay for and schedule, wedding photography can easily fall by the wayside. Thankfully, there are a few ways to fit a wedding photographer into your budget without sacrificing the quality of your photos.
Many wedding venues offer package rates that include everything from officiating the ceremony to catering. Choose the right venue, and wedding photography may also be offered. The benefit here is access to a pre-screened photographer who has a built-in reference. If you choose not to have the actual ceremony at the venue, make sure you provide accurate details of where and when the wedding will take place, and just what kinds of media your photographer should plan for.
Rather than requesting hard copies of your photos, opt for a digital format instead. You'll be able to control what you print out, who you send it to, the size of each photo and the cost of printing.
Wedding photography is one of the great staples of many novice photographers trying to make a living out of their artistic passion. You can take advantage of this fact, often at a greatly reduced rate, by hiring a freelancer to take your photos. If you don't know any, post your need in the local paper, on an online classified board, or locally relevant web forum to generate interest. Start looking for a photographer between six months and a year prior to your wedding day to ensure you have time to shop around.
If you post your need on a classified ad website, be prepared to re-post at least every other day to make sure it stays near the top of their listings. If you choose a digital option here, be prepared to provide your own storage device for your photos. You'll still pay less overall, but you'll also avoid the hassle of questionable digital media storage. When choosing a freelance photographer, make sure you ask for referrals from prior clients, and ask to look at the work they've done in the past.
It doesn't matter where you found him or her, don't just take your wedding photographer at their word when evaluating the quality of work. Ask for a portfolio, multiple references, and then speak to them directly. You can have the pictures you want for the money you can afford, but don't cheat yourself by giving a relative stranger a free pass.Share