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Lots of people think that if you hire a wedding photographer, you need to sit down and write out a full list of all the kinds of important shots that you’re looking for. You can kind of see where this comes from. It used to be that wedding photographers only had so many rolls of film to shoot. They had to make sure that they got all the important shots. Bridal magazines would give out very specific ideas on what kind of shots to get – like “Get a shot of the bride looking happily at the cake as the mother clasps her hands together standing behind”. These kinds of instructions aren’t really necessary these days when digital cameras can hold thousands of pictures. Check out this set of wedding photography tips on all the other myths and fake beliefs there are that come with the territory.

People really love the idea of beautiful wedding portraits these days – where there are formal pictures of all the important people in the wedding. Quick lists of wedding photography tips will often make it sound like wedding photographers who shoot in a journalistic style – wedding photojournalists – don’t do formal portraits.

This isn’t true at all. Just because they shoot in a reporter’s style, like they are capturing news as and when it happens, doesn’t mean they can’t do anything that is posed and prepared. Any wedding photographer – of the journalism persuasion or anything else – is supposed to be completely equipped for anything.

Often, people will think that if it’s a large wedding, that there’s more going on than what just one wedding photographer can handle. And so, they’ll divide their photography budget up in two and hire two mediocre photographers. They think that they’re getting more for their money.

Now nothing could be farther from the truth. You may have ten inexperienced photographers at your wedding, and they would still miss lots of important things if they don’t have experience covering a wedding. You want an experienced photographer. No matter what.

Outdoor weddings have become popular. But often, the weather can play spoilsport by literally raining on your parade. This does not mean though that an experienced photographer won’t be able to take many good pictures.

You’ll find wedding photography tips everywhere on how to make the most of a rainy day. Make sure your photographer is skilled enough at his craft that he knows how to work his camera for the best results in unpleasant weather.

And finally, to put to rest a particularly stubborn myth that never seems to leave us, you can’t hire an amateur for a wedding just because he seems to know more …

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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, …