February 27, 2011

Picking a New Orleans wedding photographer

After months of preparing, your wedding day will begin a lifetime of happiness, but long after the cake is eaten and the dress is put away, the day will seem to have flashed by in a rush of ceremony and speeches. A professional wedding photographer can immortalize the most important time in your marriage, so you can remember every detail for decades to come.  If you’re looking to book a destination wedding New Orleans, here are some tips for picking the right p photographer.

Set a budget

The first thing to consider when choosing a photographer is your budget. You can skimp in certain areas, but the photographer should not be one of them. Years after everyone has forgotten what food was served, the photographs will be the same as they were on the day. Set a price you are willing to pay and be sure to stick with it.

Research what kind of service you will receive from each potential photographer.  How many hours are you paying for? How many sites are they willing to visit? While many studios have a preset listing for their prices, do not be afraid to haggle. Especially if you find a photographer you really want.

Get Samples

Next ask for samples of their previous work. For studios that employ more than one photographer, be sure to find out specifically which one will be at your wedding and ask for samples of his or her work. Rather than seeing the photographer’s best shots, it is helpful to see the coverage of an entire wedding to get a better sense of what you will be receiving.

Digital or Traditional

Find out whether the cameras being used are digital or traditional film. While some claim that film will produce higher quality images, the difference is rarely perceptible, and digital offers more options when receiving your prints. More pictures can be taken with digital because there is no film cost, and the photos can be quickly placed on a CD or posted online.

Establish deadlines

Ask when and how you will receive your prints. The easiest method is for the studio to create a secure account for you to view the pictures online. This allows family members to easily order themselves pictures straight from the studio.

Sign a contract

Finally, be sure to get positive references and a written contract. This will avoid any nightmare scenarios and give you peace of mind. Remember, the most important thing is to find a photographer you love.

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