Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wedding Photography Wrap Up

When planning your wedding brides sometimes get so caught up in immediate details - the dress, the color scheme, the cake – that the importance of having a good photographer is lost, and thought of at the last minute. This is not the day and age of stiff, posed wedding portraits. Good wedding and engagement pictures should perfectly capture the movement and joy that couples experience throughout their engagement and on their wedding day.

Picking a wedding photographer is a little more difficult than picking a name out of a phonebook. Research several photographers, and ask to see an entire wedding shoot, not just the obligatory still shots of the new couple and with the wedding party. Remember, price does not necessarily translate to quality. Look for photography students with a proven portfolio. They are usually eager to build a strong portfolio at a cheaper price than professionals. It is also helpful to meet and consult with photographers to make sure that your personalities are compatible. If you are comfortable with a photographer photos will look much more natural and the seemingly inevitable awkward photo shoot can be avoided.

Know what you are looking for in your wedding pictures and be specific. Don’t hesitate to be “bossy.” Photographers appreciate specificity so they can capture exactly what the couple wants. Props, animals, and locations are usually happily negotiated by photographers and will make your pictures unique. The engagement photo session should be dynamic. There is no sense displaying pictures at your reception that look nearly identical. Outfit and location changes should be discussed with your photographer before the session. Photographers will also have helpful suggestions on the perfect place to shoot your wedding pictures.

Be sure to come in with the stylistic choices in mind. Are you looking for artsy wedding shots or traditional cake-cutting and kiss? Often times when you book a photographer they will bring an assistant to cover what they cannot. If you are looking for a little bit of both shots, designate one of the photographers for the traditional, standard shots and another to try to get a more artistic perspective with their photos.

Finally, be sure to know beforehand who has the rights to the negatives and the difference between the appointment fees and the ordering fees. Most photographers geared toward weddings have an engagement-wedding package that offer discounts with the print orders. If your your research, you can beautiful, unique wedding photos that you will be proud to display for a lifetime!

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  1. When planning your wedding brides sometimes get so caught up in immediate details - the dress, the color scheme, the cake – that the importance of having a good photographer is lost.. Indian wedding photographer

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