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Getting The Right Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographer There is no sense in paying for the perfect dress, cake and venue if you can't have the perfect pictures to make sure the memories of your special day are captured forever. It is essential that you shop around for a photographer who suits you and your wedding arrangements. Different photographers offer different packages...there is more involved in picking your wedding photographer than just the price.

Photography Styles

Photography styles vary from formal to reportage, and it's important to remember that it's not just about having your one perfect picture, you have to think in terms of the complete album.

Looking at different photographers' websites will give you an idea of the sort of styles available to you, and you can see many examples in online portfolios and galleries that most decent photographers will have on their site. Look especially at recent portfolios as photography styles go in and out of fashion just like dresses.

A lot of people find their wedding photographer at a wedding fayre, where examples of their best and most recent work will be immediately available for you to view in the flesh. Another benefit of picking your photographer at a wedding fayre is that it is where discounts are most commonly offered. With wedding photographer prices currently going up by 5% a year, it is certainly something to think about.


Have a detailed look at what each individual photographer offers. Sometimes the basic price only includes one photographer showing up on the day and taking your photos, but you can also find packages that include a single fee for everything you'll need. A viewing, prints, albums and CDs containing your images can all cost extra, so be sure to check what is included in your initial fee.


Wedding Photography

Once you've picked a shortlist of photographers it's worth calling them immediately for their availability. Remember that the weekends are their busiest times because that's when most weddings are held and sometimes it's wise to book well in advance. This may seem excessive but a good photographer's diary will fill up very quickly so don't leave it too late.

Be sure to check that they are only booked for YOUR wedding on the day you book them. This will mean you can be sure that they won't be late or have to rush off before you have your perfect portrait. Also, ask them if they are members of the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) or the MPA (the Master Photographers Association). They may also have been awarded the 'Craftsmen in Wedding Photography' award by the Guild of Wedding Photographers UK. If they can boast any of these things then you can guarantee you are in safe hands and that they are experienced in wedding photography.

If you are on a budget, fancy being different or just want to combine your photographer with something more personal then you can use an increasingly popular method for your wedding photographs. Couples are increasingly leaving disposable cameras with their guests for them to take photos during the day. Who knows, it could guarantee that special snap you treasure forever. You can also set up a website for guests to upload their own digital images from the day.

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