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Tips for Choosing the Best Photographer for Your Wedding

If you are like most brides, you have probably been planning your wedding since you were just a little girl. But, in all of that time, I bet you never gave much thought to the MOST IMPORTANT item when planning your wedding – choosing the best photographer.

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Why Is Choosing the Best Photographer the Most Important Item on Your List?

Choosing the best photographer is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones for generations to come. It is so valuable that it is worth giving it top priority when it comes to wedding expenditures.   Kara Wahlgren, blogger at knerdy.com and photographer at kiwiphotostudio.com, said:

“I planned my wedding on a shoestring budget, so I wore a $400 wedding gown in order to afford my first-choice photographer.”  

Keep in mind that the best CT wedding photographers are usually booked as much as year in advance, so you can never start narrowing your search too early. Here is a list of what to do, and not to do:

  1. Choose your photographic style: Photographers have styles too. Here are the possible choices: Portraiture (traditional), Documentary (candid and spontaneous), Fine Art (documentary with more dramatic and artistic license), Edgy-Bold (fine art but outside-the-box, tilted angles and unconventional framing).
  2. Review potential photographers’ websites and blogs: This is a great place to start or click here if you’re looking for the best wedding photographer CT
  3. Choose about 3-5 photographers you like and set up face-to-face interviews: Your photographer will be glued to you on the day of your wedding, so make sure that you feel totally comfortable with him or her.
  4. Carefully view each photographer’s wedding albums and portfolio of photos: If the photo studio is large, it may have more than one photographer. Make sure you know who took the photos and if that photographer will be yours on your wedding day. Also, will there be assistants, who will they be and what will their assignments be? Who is the backup photographer for your main photographer?
  5. Know exactly what your photo package covers: Don’t get surprised by extras that you may not want, or extras that you add on, by not discussing them before you sign a contract.
  6. Cover who will own the rights to your photos and what your rights are: Most professional photographers retain the rights to their work. This may limit your copy rights.
  7. Check post-production details: When will you receive proofs and will they be high or low resolution? Ask about touch-ups. Will they be done prior to the proof stage or after?

When choosing the best photographer for your wedding, there are two things that you must keep in mind:

  • Choose a photographer who specializes in weddings. No matter how good a photographer is, wedding photography is a specialty.
  • Never choose a friend or relative. They are too personally involved and may miss some of your most precious moments. You want a photographer who will be focused that day.

If you are as particular about choosing the best photographer for your wedding as you are about choosing your wedding gown, you will have a true heirloom to leave to your family for generations to come.