Now I know that for many brides it’s a sticky decision and a headache to deal with, but your wedding photography is an important part of your wedding day. After all, your wedding is the most important day of your life and you want to have some great wedding pictures taken that will help you remember your perfect day in all it’s magic and beauty. I remember the hassle that I had with dealing with my own wedding photography, I felt that no matter where I went, I wasn’t able to find a good deal on someone coming in and taking pictures for me. Either they wanted to cost me an arm and a leg, or they wanted to overcharge me and keep the ownership on my pictures. While ownership may not be such a big deal for some brides – it is for me! I didn’t want to pay thousands for someone to take my pictures and keep them and then make me pay through the nose for any reprints that I needed. As if I had money to burn, right? So here are some great tips about wedding photography, and how to find a great deal and keep your pictures!
Saving Money on Your Wedding Photography
There are a lot of little things that you can do to save some serious money on your wedding photography. The first place to look for savings is with the photographer himself. Instead of going with the “professional” wedding photographer (because we all know how I feel about those “wedding professionals!), go with somebody who has the skills but not with the fancy job. Find a stay at home mom who works out of the house as a photographer for extra money, a photography student from a local college, or even a photographer for a local newspaper to come in and take pictures for you. Other little things you can do are limiting the photographer’s time at your wedding since many photographers charge by the hour, and asking someone else to come in for you. Also, give up some perks for a CD of negatives that you can reprint yourself – more on that later.
Keep Your Wedding Pictures Yours!
As you already know, I didn’t like the idea that some stranger out there would be keeping my wedding pictures. So I found a wedding photographer who would work with me and create package for me that included a couple of framed prints, but mainly a CD that had all the negatives to my wedding pictures with full reprint permissions so that I could make my own reprints as much as I wanted. So now I can go to any kiosk and print out pictures of my wedding for more decorations for the house, gifts for family, or even someday if my own pictures get destroyed, I can easily get more.
Your wedding photography shouldn’t be a huge headache for you to deal with. When you are interviewing photographers for your wedding photography, be sure to ask them some of these important questions, and see if they will work with you on some of the features that you really want. If they won’t work with you, move on to someone who will. Remember that your wedding photographer isn’t doing you a favor by taking pictures at your wedding, you are hiring THEM for a job. You’re the boss in this situation, don’t be taken advantage of. I’ve heard too many horror stories about brides and their wedding photography nightmares to want to see another girl go through it.