How to Choose a Wedding Photographer: Part 4

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so take the time to find the best photographer for you. We’ve asked our members to give us their best advice to help you in your search. Learn how to choose a wedding photographer below in Part 4 in our series of expert advice. And, be sure to check out the other tips featured in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

You’ll Get What You Pay For

“Be mindful when hiring your photographer, does there price seem to good to be true? Well then it probably is. Are you getting professional quality prints, or are they coming from Cosco, Walgreens or worst yet, an average consumer photo-printer that they have laying around? Is your photographer using high quality refrigerated professional film or average over the counter consumer film? In the case of Digital is your photographer using high end professional camera’s with 6 megapixels or higher, professional digital camera’s go to 14 megapixels!! Remember, your wedding day is a day that can’t be repeated, YOU WILL get what you pay for!”
- Kevin Kramer of Advantage Photography, Inc., Nationwide & Destination Wedding Photographer

“Always be willing to go above and beyond in your choice of a photographer. The pictures are the only thing you get to keep to forever seal the memories of your amazing day. Never choose someone based on price, choose someone because you love their images and you connect with them on a personal level.”
- Taken by Sarah, North Carolina

“Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so don’t settle for anything but the best. The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the excitement of a great price!”
- Sue of Simply Elegant Weddings, Portsmouth NH

“When choosing a suitable photographer for your wedding, among the many considerations, be sure that the sample photographs speak to you emotionally. You want to feel connected to the moments and emotions conveyed in the images. If not, then the author of the sample images is not the right photographer for you. Also, do not regard wedding photography as an expense. Wedding photography is an investment that increases in emotional value with time. Therefore, budget appropriately for this investment because it is the most valuable one that you will make in your wedding. Lastly,
remember that you get what you pay for. Seek the best possible photographer that your money can afford. The factors that distinguish “the best” are training, experience, accreditations, awards, business approach and structure, and most relevantly, how the photographer’s images move you on an emotional level.”
- James of Bridal Sands, Inc.Trujillo Alto, PR

“Brides, do not limit your photographer search when looking at price ranges. Look at the photographer portfolio and ensure that he/she has a good variety of photographs. Numerous great photos from one wedding does not show versatility with the camera.”
- Steven of Studio Saldana New York, NY

“One of the things I tell my brides is: do not compromise when it comes to your wedding photography. Hire a good photographer. You work so hard, spend so much time and money to make your wedding look and feel exactly the way you want it, and it will be all over in few hours. The only tangible proof of your efforts and beauty during the wedding day will be the photos and videos taken during it.”
- Adriana C. Photography, New Orleans

“The best advice I can give a bride and groom who are planning a wedding with a budget is to spend more money on the things that are most important to them. Photography important to you? The extra $500 you might spend to afford someone who you thought was out of your league could be worth it to you in the long run. Lowest prices don’t always produce the best results, and in the case of most professional photographers, you get what you pay for!”
- Adam of Adam Czap Photography, Northville, MI

“Spend more money on the things that are most important to you. If photography is important to you the extra money you might spend to get someone who you thought was out of your league could be worth it to you in the long run. Lower prices don’t always produce the best results, and in the case of most professional photographers, you get what you pay for.

You’re going to be looking at these photos for the rest of your life, so take your time choosing a photographer! View their website, talk to them, meet with them in person. You want to make sure that you not only love their work, but that you want to see yourself in them. This is the only part of your wedding day that you’ll have to remember it with for the rest of your life, choose carefully.”
- Henry of LensWiz Digital Photography, Marlborough, MA

Photo Credits: DColeman Photography, Ron Kolias Studios

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