The Art of Investing in a Wedding Photographer - Anne Thomas

The Art of Investing in a Wedding Photographer

There are 3 important factors to consider when hiring a wedding photographer.  Two are unique only to the photographer and cannot be copied.  The third element fluctuates due to many different variables.                            

1. Personality:  This might not be the first thing you think about when hiring a photographer, however, it will definitely be the most important factor in the decision-making process.  The first thing you need to determine is whether or not you like the images that this particular photographer has to show you.  It is definitely important to be intrigued or excited by the images a photographer shows you, but this is not always the deciding factor. Personality.  Now that you are meeting with the photographer face-to-face, the question you have to ask yourself is: Do I like this person?  Do I feel comfortable with this person?  Will my friends and family like him/her? Personality and character may not be the first thing you consider when meeting with a photographer, but it is always a common thread that influences the final decision.  You have to really like and trust the person who will be capturing your wedding images. The bottom line is, if you don't like your wedding photographer, for any reason, then your wedding images and memories will be tarnished.                                                    

2. Photographer's eye:  This is the way that your photographer sees and captures the day.  This unique trait separates one photographer from the next.  No two photographers are the same.  When looking at different photographers' work, do the images move you?  Are they unique or different, or do they look like every other photographers' work?  Are they emotional?  Do they tell the complete story?  Finally, out of all the photographers you met, whose images did you gravitate towards and why?                                                                                          

3. Cost:  You've found your photographer, however, you've picked someone who is more than you've budgeted for.  What do you do?  After the wedding is over, what will you have left? Your pictures.  Everything else is going to be forgotten and only remembered through your photographs. When the music is over, the food has gone and the flowers have wilted, your wedding pictures are the only thing left to bring back those memories - and the irony is, is that most people spend more on flowers and food than on their wedding photography.  Your wedding album will last long past your wedding day and will be passed down to your children and grandchildren.                                                                                                    

Don't make the mistake of weeding out photographers because you called or emailed, asked for prices and then crossed them off your list because they exceeded what you determined photography should cost.  Meet your photographer, ask questions and find out exactly what you'll get for the fee. Good wedding photographers will tailor a quote to meet your requirements.  Get in touch.  Let's talk!                      

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