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Lets face it – your wedding only lasts a day, but the memories last a lifetime. And by memories of course, we mean great wedding photographs. Your wedding photographs are irreplaceable and, over time, they will come to actually replace the real memories you have of the day. Because of this inescapable fact, there are few things you can spend money on for your wedding that are more worthwhile and valuable than opting for a great wedding photography package.

If you opt for a complete package,then you're looking for a degree of style and beauty as well as large dollops of skill and creativity. And of course, you're looking at an ability to deliver all of these with consistency, picture after picture. So, how do you judge a wedding photographer for consistency? Well, you should make sure that when you check out the photographer's portfolio, you get to see entire weddings, and not just nice pictures that are highlights plucked out from here and there. Practically anyone can take a couple of good pictures among 100 or more but consistency is what sets the great photographers apart.

Should you go for a wedding photography package, or should you choose your options à la carte? What makes the most sense?

Well, before your wedding actually takes place, the fact is you really don't know how every situation is going to play out and what the best pictures are likely to be. It's only after you get to go through the pictures that you really know how many are keepers. What happens when you choose a wedding photography package instead of choosing your options one by one is that you end up buying things that you don't really need. Thats right – if you buy the services you need one by one, as and when you need them, and you often get better service and better value for your money.

In fact, I recommend that you should only ever choose a wedding photography package if you don't feel that you know enough about the whole process to actually make choices yourself.

When you go meet with a photographer (or, for that matter a wedding videographer) to see if they might be right for you, make sure that you look for experience and passion. Try to ask questions that will give you an idea of some kind how photography on the day is going to be handled. Typically, you don't want to go with the photojournalists – that's the even if that's all the rage today. Go with someone who will do a plan thing, and who will work on a shot list with you.

Look through the portfolio that the photographer shows you. Do the pictures seem startlingly clear? If so, …

Filming

When you’re drawing up your budgetary plans for your wedding, you might be tempted to skimp on what you spend on your videographer. After all, you figure, couldn’t uncle Bob do it? After all, he’s got a reputation as quite the videographer in the family and he’s certainly bored everyone to death talking about movie making and how good his recording equipment is! Well, heres some news. You really do need to find a professional wedding videographer. Lets look at the reasons why.

Video Technology

The reason most of us believe that making good movies is an easy thing thing is that today’s digital cameras are perfectly capable of taking first-class professional-quality footage under certain favorable conditions. This never used to be the way when everyone was restricted to an old 8mm cine cameras or super 8 video.

However, the problem is that at a wedding, the lighting is always far from perfect. There is the lighting in the church to think about, there is (hopefully) sunlight, there are candles, there are bright, white garments and there are all the shadows of the interiors of the church. Unfortunately,  even the best-equipped digital video cameras can’t do a whole lot in these circumstances without an expert videographer at the controls.

Of course you don’t have to find a wedding videographer if uncle Bob knows all about lighting and knows when the perfect shot is about to happen because of his vast experience but, lets face it.  that usually isn’t the case. A professional wedding videographer needs to be part of the scenery – in other words he (or she!) needs to be unobtrusive. That’s how the videographer can manage to capture great shots as and when they happen.

To find a wedding videographer who’s truly professional, you need someone who already has a portfolio. That’s how you get to know what kind of style they have. These days, just relying on a friend’s recommendation simply will not do. Why? Well, because people happen to have different tastes ranging from traditional to the ultra-contemporary.

Most pro wedding videographers will offer you a choice of different packages. Each package will include a different kind of setup for the bride’s family and the groom’s family, close in shots for some of the more important relatives, and a few outdoor shots at the wedding venue and the reception and so on. Be sure to make a note of what each videographer you come across charges for the kind of package you need, and make sure that your package includes the raw and processed digital files – preferably via a cloud-based internet service.

What you’re looking for in a wedding videographer is more than just professionalism …