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Important Questions To Ask When Hiring A Photographer

Jul 2, 2008
As the wedding plans fall into place, it is important to keep your focus on our budget. There may be areas you plan on cutting back and some areas your will want to splurge. One area you don't want to skimp in is with your wedding photos. Why? Because once the last piece of cake is cut and the band their played the final song, all that is left are the memories. That is what you find in your pictures. You will relive those wonderful memories every time you look at your wedding photos. So why not spend a little extra on preserving those special moments. Since your are spending a bit more on our photos you want to be sure you pick the right person to capture those special moments as they happen. Here are some questions you want to ask and some key points to keep in mind when meeting with the photographer.

Be sure to meet with the photographer in person. You can visit their website, if they have one, and read there references or look at some of their work before the initial meeting. Nothing replaces an in person meeting. This leads to whether or not to go local or fly out your favorite photographer. Most photographers will travel as long as their expenses are covered. The advantage to flying in your photographer to your location is the ability to view proofs and make final decisions when you return home. If you plan on flying anyone to your destination it should be your photographer. If you choose a local photographer make sure you ask about your photos and whether or not they will be ready before you leave your destination.

Check references. This information may be on the photographers' website. Many photographers will share that without any concern. This is entirely up to you and your comfort level with the photographer. Ask the photographer about their wedding style. Ask to see some albums of similar weddings. Also ask how they feel about what they do. This will give you and idea about how passionate they are about the work they do.

What happens to the negatives? What about reordering prints? Typically you will get one set of photos and any reprints will have to reorder through the photographer. Make sure you read your contract carefully. Many photographers own the negatives and will hold on to them for a period of time. At the end of this time and/or when they run out of space may give or sell them to you. Finally, make sure you understand the pricing and packages. If you don't want everything in the package you may be able to order individual photos for much less.

Choosing the right photographer is a very difficult and tedious job making sure you hire someone that reflects your style and that helps bring out the best in you and the groom. There are many good photographers out there. Your job is to search for the all too perfect photo and the person that will bring it to exist.
About the Author
Yasmin Shikina created weddingsafar to help brides plan their destination weddings easily. Having experienced the stress of planning her own destination wedding, Yasmin wants to share everything she learned, including all her mistakes, with you. http://www.weddingsafar.com
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