Tips to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the hardest wedding decisions because you can’t see the photographs you’re buying until you’ve already made the decision. This article will help you choose the best photographer to ensure you get the wedding photographs you want.

1. Price. Choosing a photographer based on price may not be the wisest decision. A photographer’s price not only reflects the quality of their work (generally), it also reflects how that photographer values their own work. You may be able to find a photographer advertising weddings for $299, but do you really believe that photographer places a high value on artistic quality? Do you really think they will spend hours culling, sorting, editing and retouching your wedding images? Chances are they will shoot and burn straight to a disk because, frankly, they’re not getting paid enough. Do you feel that you will get beautiful photos of you and your spouse to have for the rest of your life – to show your kids and grandkids? As far as wedding photography goes, you get what you pay for.

Note: Just because you have a smaller budget does not mean you have to sacrifice on your wedding photographer. Before you go asking your cousin’s boyfriend to shoot the wedding (because he has a nice camera), know this; there are many new wedding photographers who may be very talented, but do not have a lot of wedding experience. This does not mean they are horrible photographers, it just means they haven’t shot a lot of weddings. Because of this, you may be able to get reduced pricing, sometimes called “portfolio building” discounts or “introductory” pricing, etc.. It may be difficult finding these photographers because they may not be listed yet on search engines, as their websites may be brand new. So, you’ll have to do some digging.

2. Do some research: Ask your friends and family for referrals. People who love their wedding photos love to talk about their photographer! Search the internet. Go several pages back – don’t just look at the first page of search results. Check the listings of professional organizations like PPA – Professional Photographers of America or WPPI – Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.

3. Make a List: Once you’ve found 5-10 photographers that you like, make a list. Go to each photographer’s website and thoroughly review their portfolio. I cannot stress enough; the photographs you see in the photographer’s portfolio are the same types of photographs you will have of your wedding. How do you know if the photographer is any good? Follow these guidelines:

Are the images too light? Too dark? If the some images are too light and others too dark, or if they seem all over the place, that could indicate inconsistent quality.

How are the photographer’s Photoshop skills? Do the photos seem “over-photoshopped”? Do you see a lot of plastic looking skin or alien eyes? A good rule to follow; if you can’t tell the images are Photoshopped, then the photographer has excellent photoshopping skills. It’s like make-up – the best make-up is the kind that doesn’t look like you’re wearing any make-up at all.

Do you feel emotionally moved by the photographer’s images? Do they make you stop and stare? Gasp? Do you feel a connection with the images? This is the most important aspect of choosing a wedding photographer. You can spend all the money in the world on the most famous photographer, but if you don’t feel a connection with their images, you will most likely not love your wedding photos.

4. Check for Availability: After you’ve narrowed down the list, email or call your top 5 or so photographers. Check to see if each photographer is available on your wedding date, and get a quote or estimate. Emailing or calling each photographer will also give you a little insight into their personality. More on that later.

5. Ask for a Consultation: Your list should now be narrowed down to 2-3 photographers. Ask to meet each photographer – or at the very least, ask for a phone consultation. Talking with your photographer either in person or on the phone will also give you insight into their personality. Are they easy to get along with? Do you feel good about them? The photographer will be a big part of your wedding day and it’s important that you are comfortable with them. Some questions to ask:

What do you include in your wedding photography package?

When can I expect to receive my photos?

Can I review a copy of your contract?

Are you licensed?

Do you provide a second shooter?

Note: Be sure the photographer you hire is the same one who will shoot your wedding. Some photographers send their assistant or contract another photographer to shoot their weddings. Make sure you know who is actually photographing your wedding and ask to view their portfolio.

6. Make your Final Decision: Once you’ve talked with each photographer, you will now be armed with all sorts of information to be able to choose your wedding photographer. Remember, money comes and goes, but you can’t re-do your wedding day.

Welcome to Robert Valdes Photography. He is a San Francisco wedding photographer with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in Organic, Whimsical and Unexpected wedding photojournallism that is also very Natural, Elegant and Edgy. If you need San Francisco Wedding Photography and are planning a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area and need a wedding photographer, please consider him

Choosing Wedding Cake Toppers – A Symbol Of Your Love

Planning the wedding ceremony is simply like starting out the big task. From reception to ceremony you have to take care each and everything.That is why this event should be pondered upon for a long span of time, it is something that requires you think about it deeply and thoroughly. Now, one of most important one that you need to think about is your wedding cake. It is something that is significant to and the wedding cake toppers also. These two works hand and hand in making this day something that will make a big impact unto your life.

Hence, you might wonder about the significance that is brought about by these wedding cake toppers, to make things clear unto you, you need to understand that this one represents you and your better half together through the good and the bad times as well. This one will remind you that what you have together is something that you need to replenish and at the same time take good care of, for the main reason why most failing relationship is rapidly growing its number is because most of them can no longer remember all of those that had happened on the day they made their vow. Thus, they also tend to forget about all of those things that do have significance unto them.

Moreover, wedding cake toppers are the ones that are can also create some accent unto the cake itself and it can add some life to it. It can be something that will make the cake look better than it is and at the same time it can allow you to keep something, since you baldy can not keep those cakes this one will allow to remember it each and every time you look at this one. Now, this one can also be edible, if you want it to you can simply ask the person making this one to make it edible for you.

For you to keep these wedding cake toppers for long, you need to have some special box on it. A box that will not only ensure you to keep your cake for a long time, but will let you be reminded of that day too. Wedding is indeed something that will not only affect you for time but at the same time for all eternity that is why you need to be sure before you jump unto it.