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What to look for when choosing your photographer / videographer for your wedding.

Here are a few ideas to assist you when you are looking for a photographer / videographer.  Wedding pictures are a cherished keepsake, passed down through the generations, and the only commemoration of the hours and dollars spent on one of the most important days of your life. You want to select the right photographer to record your Big Day.

A single image taken with skill can reveal some of the most intimate feelings and emotions between you and your friends and family.  The challenge is to get the best photographer for the task.

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  • Ask your friends which professional they used and look at their albums.
  • Decide what style of wedding photography you prefer.  For instance are you looking at traditional poses, or would you prefer more natural looking photos, or perhaps a more glamour approach to the photos.  Some photographers are better at one style more than the other, so it is important that you know what your preferred style is.
  • Once you have at least three professionals in mind; make an appointment to view their albums. Compare them for innovativeness, quality and the style you like.  It is also important that you feel comfortable with your final choice too.  After all you will be spending one of the most important days of your life with this person.  If you feel uncomfortable, you will not look relaxed in the photos that they are taking.  Don’t always go for the cheapest option either, it is sometimes better to go for a quality professional but take a cheaper package with them.  After all you can’t redo the photos later if you don’t like them.
  • Make sure you are aware of what you are paying for.  Does payment include a disk of all photos, how many hours does it include, does it include an album and is there some photo shopping done on the photos afterwards.
  • It is always better to go for a professional photographer rather than someone who does it for a hobby.  If you have a problem with a professional, you have a better chance at receiving a positive resolution, than someone who has nothing to lose if you aren’t happy.
  • Check out magazines for specific shots that you like and make sure that you photographer understands what you are looking for.  Put you requirements in writing so that there are no misunderstandings.
  • Make sure that you are happy with the creativity of your professional and make sure that your photographer is aware of any restrictions or preferences required in a church or by a particular celebrant or officiate.
  • Lastly your chosen professional needs to be as excited as you to be a part of your special day and not have an attitude of being bored or inconvenienced.