After all the confetti is swept up, your wedding dress is preserved and stored and you've sent out thank you notes, your memories and the wedding photos are all you'll have left to remember one of the most important days in your life. While everyone wants quality photographs, budget considerations often take precedence. You don't have to hire the most expensive photographer in town, however, to obtain photos that will make you smile each time you see them.
Look for a lesser known wedding photographer in your area. While the big names can afford to charge the most, a shutterbug who's just getting started often charges more reasonable rates. Ask to review a portfolio to ensure that the photographer you hire does quality work.
Shop around for a studio whose work you admire and book one of its associate photographers rather than the lead photographer. You can expect the studio's stamp of quality without paying the huge price associated with the lead photographer.
Compare apples to apples. While one photographer may charge less for her time, she may charge more when it comes to items like reprints, albums and frames. Obtain a price list from each of the photographers you are considering and determine an approximate total cost for each.
Hire a student photographer. Contact your local college and ask the head of the photography program for recommendations of particularly talented students. Interview a couple, view their portfolios and select the one you prefer.
- "Woman's Day Budget Weddings"; The Big Picture; Vol. 1, No. 1
- Cheap Wedding Solutions: Cheap Wedding Photographers
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