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Wedding Photography - The Basics

Wedding photography is an opportunity to preserve memories and vows from a special day and to tell the story of the bride and groom. There are two broad categories of wedding photography: more traditional posed shots of the bride, groom, wedding party and ceremony and a more photo-journalistic style. While there are moments of the wedding day that are well-suited to a little posing and direction such as the age old tradition of family formals, photojournalistic wedding photographers observe the scenes and moments unfolding in front of their eyes and photograph them from a behind-the-scenes approach. While some couples still opt for the look of completely posed, traditional work, a popular wedding photography option today is a more photojournalistic style and a photographer who creates artwork that is emotionally compelling and visually remarkable.

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Tips for Weddings Photography


To Pose or not to Pose

Are you comfortable in front of the camera? If not, make sure that you hire a wedding photographer that knows all the ins and outs of making their clients feel and look comfortable in front of the camera. Look for a photographer who won't just point the camera at you and shoot, but who will take the time to help you feel at ease in front of the camera.


Decide On Deliverables

Wedding photography delivery runs the gamut from simple electronic delivery of the photos to more elaborate online photo guest books, from photo montages set to music to print books of select images. Think about what you want upfront and discuss with your photographer what's right for your budget and your aesthetic.



Make sure your wedding photographer has backup cameras and memory cards. You don't want to miss capturing photos of your big day because the memory card failed in your wedding photographer's camera.


Speak Up

Many brides have a clear idea of what they want during their wedding day and from their wedding photos and photographer. Choose a wedding photographer who you are comfortable sharing your ideas about your wedding photography with and then let them know what kind of photos you want to make sure are captured on your wedding day.

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How much does Wedding Photography cost?

There are wedding photography packages to fit any budget, from basic $1,000 shoots to $7,500 plus packages. Some of the factors that influence the price of wedding photography are the level of experience of the photographer, the popularity of the photographer (if the big day is in November, you might get a better rate than if you're getting married in June) the number of photographers on-site, the amount of time on-site, the number of final images desired (even with digital-only images, the photographer needs to do post production edits), and the number of prints desired.

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Half Day Wedding Shoot

Wedding shoots can come in both packages and a la carte. Some packages will only cover the wedding party and ceremony. Others will cover the entire day, from the bride and groom preparing for their day to when the the last guest leaves the reception. Be sure to consider what you would like shot and have an outline. Keep in mind that full day shoots cost more if you are on a budget. Ask about wedding book and print packages and if the photographer has any deals running. If there are multiple events you want covered like the bride and groom wedding preparation, be sure to let the photographer know as they may need to hire a second shooter and factor that in to the their final cost. Have them communicate with your wedding planner if you have one. Most weddings have lots of moving parts and you'll want you photographer to be ready to capture all of it!

Suggested Price: $2500

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