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, has any retouching been done and is a part of the package? All these are important questions to ask.