After you have chosen the style that you would prefer for your wedding day photographs, the next step in narrowing down which photographers would ideally suit you is to work out how much you have to spend.
A couple’s wedding day budget is completely individual and the range of what people spend on their big day is significantly vast. However, cost savings can be made in very creative ways, including the choice of venue, having your wedding day mid-week, and making your own decorations and favours. Every couple has their own priorities for their special day, but it is generally thought that there are a few elements where shortcuts should be avoided, with one being your photography.
Choosing a professional
Everyone is a photographer these days, with many high-quality cameras being very reasonably priced and most people having mobile phones with inbuilt lenses. It could be tempting to ask a friend to take your wedding photos, but there are some serious considerations to make before doing this.
Is it fair to put this kind of pressure on your friend and does it mean they are going to enjoy the day less because of the responsibility? Also, even with the best of intentions, an amateur photographer is not going to be able to capture the moments of your day as well as a professional. They are likely to be distracted with the celebrations rather than focused on the quality and quantity of the shots they are taking.
Narrowing it down
It is generally thought that photographer fees, including the cost of prints, albums and digital copies, should equate to around 12% of the total wedding budget. Knowing this could help you to determine which professionals can go on your list of possible candidates.
Your research should now be focused on the style and cost of a photographer in and around the area that your wedding venue is located. Many professionals advertise their various package prices online, but then provide a way of contacting them to discuss quotes in more detail, which is what we do here at Matthew Rycraft.
Your wedding should hopefully be the best day of your life, but it will also most likely go by in an exciting, thrilling blur of happiness and celebrations. Once the occasion is over, the food will be gone, the flowers also and the dress will be stored away. The photographs, however, are a lasting memory of the day, which you will have to remember and share with friends and family for the rest of your married lives.