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Wedding Photography Can Be A Pricey Affair

Dec 8, 2007
Run into any bride or groom after their wedding and chances are they will have a horror story about their photography. Wedding photography, through the years, has picked up a bad rap and has become the Achilles heal of wedding planning.

One of the main reasons for the bad rap is the high cost. Wedding photography is such an important part of the wedding planning process because it is the only way a bride and groom will be able to look back on one of the most important days of their lives. Unfortunately, many photographers have exploited this reality and jacked up their prices. But there are a few ways to cut your costs when it comes to wedding photography.

For one, know the difference between a professional photographer and a wedding photographer. The difference is really nothing. The only thing is that the person going by the title of wedding photographer usually charges more. The professional photographer probably does weddings and a whole bunch of other types of work. In most cases, he or she is just as good, but will be a lot cheaper. In some cases a professional photographer, because he or she is involved with other types of work, may have a creative flair that a standard wedding photographer may not have.

Wedding photography can get expensive, even if you find someone who is willing to do it for a reasonable price. In most cases, you are still going to pay at least $500 to $1,000 for them to show up. This is before ordering prints. Many photographers have even higher charges than that. But if you plan your event and are financially prepared for the expense of a wedding photographer, then you will likely be happy with the final outcome.

Things to look at when considering a wedding photographer are not only references, but also personality. Some photographers have really good social skills and can get difficult shots taken without disrupting situations or irritating anyone involved. This is key. Those photographers who are uptight and appear to be in a hurry, or are constantly hassling guests for a picture are the ones to avoid. You can usually tell this in a person's personality right away. No matter how great of photos this person may shoot, their outlook can ruin other aspects of your wedding.

Another thing to consider when it comes to wedding photography is if you have a relative who has done some wedding photography or does other photography work, consider hiring them. Many times this familiar face will have easy access to photos because people see him or her as a part of the wedding, not just as a photographer. And if they are a trustworthy relative, then they may be the best for the budget and may still be able to turn out some great shots.

When choosing a wedding photographer please always remember to use common sense. Choose a package that is right for you. Do not get involved with purchasing packages that are not right for you.
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Joe owns an online wedding store offering wonderful wedding gifts such as wedding favors and bridal shower favors to assist you in your wedding planning needs.
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