Are Expensive Photographers Worth Your Money?
It’s your wedding. And out of the myriad of decisions, you will make one of the biggest and most important decisions of your life: hiring the right Wedding Photographer, This, may very well be one of the most important decisions. After all, the wedding cake will be eaten, the flowers will eventually wilt, and the wedding reception will be over when it is time for you and your betrothed to head home and prepare for the honeymoon. After all is said and done, it will be the images of your day that will help you to always remember all of the emotions, laughter, tears, and sacredness of that day. The scary thing is what if your wedding photos are, well, less than satisfactory?
Let’s be honest. Weddings are expensive, sometimes even ridiculously so. There’s the dress, the tux, the flowers, the cake, the rings, the venue, the food, the alcohol, the officiates, the DJ or musicians. And don’t forget the honeymoon. It all adds up very quickly. And for many couples, the financial burden of planning a dream wedding can take its toll on your finances. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have parents paying for most or all of your wedding, it’s still a hefty sum of money to hand over for even the most affluent of parents. And this is when a couple can become very vulnerable to a particular idea that can have a lasting impact on the wedding. Are you thinking about “hiring a freelance photographer?” Freelance Photography sounds good on paper but let’s dissect this a bit.
A “freelance” Wedding Photographer could very well save you a lot of money. Freelancers do not have all of the costs that a studio photographer has to cover. Expenses like rent or mortgage of the building, insurance, employees’ e.t.c. Instead, the freelance photographer is merely trying to get their names out into the public eye.
Do these low priced photographers have what it takes to ensure that your wedding images are truly exceptional? The decision you make with regards to who you entrust with capturing your wedding day is only made once. You may save a couple of grand by opting for a more affordable photographer than your first option, but you may very well regret that decision in the future.
So basically what it boils down to is this; deciding what you are willing to spend on your wedding photography, visit only the studios that are within your wedding budget and then look at a sample wedding portfolio of the photographer’s work. This is the most important part. You have to like the style that you see in the photographer’s sample work. Look for testimonials and make sure that they promise you a backup photographer if something goes wrong. If you like what you see and the price is right, then you can be assured that you are making the correct decision. It’s your wedding. It happens only once. Be sure that the professional wedding photographer you hire is up to the job.