Re-reading my old posts, I realized that I forgot some key information. I gave you tips on how to find a good photographer on a budget, but I never mentioned what to do with the pictures! Most independent photographers can offer prints through their preferred lab, which is usually a 3rd party and not actually done by the photographer. I recommend getting at least a few pictures professionally developed through a photo lab because the quality is MUCH better than from "discount" photo printing sites such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. I just used Shutterfly to get my prints because I didn't want to spend any extra money and was a bit disappointed with the quality.
However, I definitely recommend using a cheaper service to do any small 4x6 prints you might want because at that size the quality difference will be negligible and having the best quality prints isn't quite as important for pictures that are just going in an album. Another great thing about Shutterfly is that they partner with a lot of bridal companies, such as David's Bridal and theknot.com, to offer you special deals after your wedding. I managed to get two free Shutterfly photobooks because I was registered on The Knot website and filled out some evaluations of my wedding vendors, and because I bought my dress from David's Bridal. These books made great presents for my parents and my in-laws and didn't cost me a thing!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I have to say that photography is pretty essential to wedding planning because you are going to want to have amazing pictures to capture your big day and remember it for years to come.
Since photography is so important, I'll start with some tips to to help you find an amazing photographer at a great price. This is one area that you really don't want to skimp on and just have a family member or friend do (unless they are a professional photographer). I'm not saying you can't get good photos done by a hobbyist or amateur, but for your wedding you really don't want to take any chances with the quality of your photography. If you are lucky enough to live in a metropolitan area or somewhere with a local university, my first recommendation is to try and find a "young professional" photographer. This is going to be someone that is either still a student, or very new in the field, but still has had proper training and education in photography. You can usually get a good price from these young professionals because they don't have years of experience and are often are still trying to build their portfolios. Try using social media or online advertising to search for photographers, or post a notice in the art building of your local university.
"Experienced" professional photographers often charge $1000+ for wedding packages, but if you go with a young professional you will probably pay around half that depending on how many hours they will be photographing. Similarly, you can use social media or other platforms to find an experienced "hobbyist" to act as photographer. Ideally, this person will have been photographing weddings and events as a hobby for many years, but usually doesn't have the classroom training of a professional. If you choose either a young professional or an experienced hobbyist, make sure you check out their portfolio and previous work to ensure that you will be getting a good end product. Also, talk to them at length to get a good idea of their style and what ideas they have/will they work with your ideas. You might find a good, low cost photographer who has a lot of technical skill but can only shoot dated and cliched poses.
For some examples of what to look for in a good young professional, check out the following links:
Elysian Fields Photography- NW OHIO
Polyrhythm Photography- Dayton/Cinci Area
Additionally, you may want to look into hiring a videographer to cover the ceremony and/or the early parts of the reception, ie: first dance, cake cutting, father daughter dance, bouquet toss, etc...
I only suggest this because I do regret not hiring a videographer because honestly, I don't remember a lot of my wedding day. I was nervous and the whole day went by so fast that it is a blur in my mind.
Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post, but check out the links for some awesome wedding photography and ideas. I promise I'll post more in my next posts!