You’re now engaged! Time to start planning one of the most important events in your life as a couple. It can get pretty overwhelming especially when you think about all the things that you need to plan and all the decisions that have to be made. You have to set the date and decide on a venue, plan the guest list, check out caterers, find the perfect gown, and and book a photographer. All these elements come together to make your wedding day a memorable event. And the hardest part is you have to fit in all these on a budget. For most budget-conscious brides or couples, too often they would ditch the idea of hiring a professional photographer o save money. The reason is everyone has their own phones and cameras anyway and all the guests will be taking pictures. Is this really a smart move? Think about it. On the actual day of your wedding, everything will happen in a whirlwind. You will feel very emotional, nervous, anxious, and as much as you try to enjoy the moment, everything will happen in a blur. The thought that you have all those beautiful wedding photographs to look forward to will make you enjoy your wedding day all the more.
Things to consider when hiring a wedding photographer
Your wedding, your style
It’s your wedding so it’s gotta be all about what you want and what works best for you. If you and future hubby are the type of people who hates posing for the cameras, then you don’t have to go through that. Find a photographer with a talent for taking amazing candid shots. When checking out photographers, make sure to visit their websites to check out the gallery or ask them to show you their portfolio so you can see samples of their work. It’s important that you like the quality and feel of their photos and that you and the photographer are on the same page when it comes to style.
The right chemistry
Your wedding photographer will be working with you on a very important day in your life that is why it’s important that you work well together. A great photographer can make his or her clients feel at ease and not self-conscious when their pictures are being taken. Listen to your gut instincts and pick someone you feel comfortable working with.
Why hire a professional you barely know when you have a lot of friends and family members who can take pictures at your wedding? With friends and family taking pictures, there’s a good chance that they get caught up mingling with other guests and forget to take photos of your toast and first dance as a couple. And worse, they may even drink too much and not be able to take good photos. When you hire a professional wedding photographer, you know that they are committed to making sure your wedding day is properly documented. They are there on your wedding with one goal in mind: to take lots of beautiful photos that will remind you of this special day. They not only have the experience and the talent, but they also have all the equipment needed such as lighting, back up cameras, batteries, memory cards, you name it they got it.
Cost of hiring wedding photographers
Another important deciding factor when choosing a wedding photographer is the cost. After you have scoured the internet checking wedding photographers’ websites and interviewing some of them, it usually all boils down to the cost. The good news is that wedding photography services come in different price points. Just make sure not to base your decision solely on price alone. Hire a photographer with enough experience and owns the proper equipment.
There are also ways that you can cut down on costs such as customising the services based on what is important for you. If you really are on a budget, you can forego the prenup shoot and just hire a photographer on the wedding day itself. Photographers offer all kinds of packages such as a coffee table book, a digital album, slideshow of photos, and framed photos. You can talk to the photographer and tell them not to add all the bells and whistles so they can give you a much lower price. Just make sure they provide a copy of the photos on USB so you can have those printed and framed on your own.
Still not sure if you are willing to spend money on a professional wedding photographer? Read our customers feedback below:
"We couldn't have asked for a better photographer on our wedding day. Not only was Liv accommodating with our requests, she was patient, enthusiastic and went above and beyond what we asked of her. We felt comfortable, and the time flew by. We're over the moon at how the photos turned out. So many to choose from (which is a good thing!) We'd genuinely recommend Liv to anyone and everyone, for any occasion." - Ellie from Wollongong, NSW
"Kellie was absolutely fantastic on the day. She allowed for plenty of time before the ceremony to take enough shots of the girls getting ready, capturing moments that I will cherish forever. She got beautiful photos of my mum and I, which are priceless. Kellie also managed to take photos of my now husband and his side of the bridal party. We recently got our photos back and any newlyweds will know that looking through all those photos can be overwhelming but thanks to Kellie's professionalism, diligence, patience and care the experience has been extremely pleasant. We look forward to having a wedding book printed and to have those photos for a lifetime. Our wedding day was truly the happiest day of our lives so far and part of the reason was Kellie. Thank you capturing our special moments. Thank you for your patience and diligence and thank you for really caring. Zaynab & Travis- March 2015" - Zaynab from Kew, VIC