Re: Wedding Photographer ?'s
Make sure to ask-
WHO will actually be shooting the wedding. Just because you're hiring a photographer, doesn't mean they will be the one shooting your wedding. They could easily have an assistant photographer show up whose style is completely different from what you thought you were paying for.
WHAT are you getting for your money? How long will they cover the wedding and reception? Will they leave at exactly 9 PM, even if speeches/dances/whatever haven't happened yet? Will you get full-res digital images with a print release, and will it be all images or a certain quantity?(if not, you're at their mercy for prints which can be up to $100 for an 8x10) Will your prints be processed at a professional photo lab on archival quality paper(good) or will the photographer print them on his own inkjet printer (bad)? When will you receive proofs and when will you receive your digitial images/prints after the wedding? Will they include an e-session (engagement photos) in the package? How much do their prints cost? (actual print pricing can be very difficult to deciper from some photographers, and can vary a LOT. Many photographers make over 50% of their revenue off of their print sales on a wedding).
Make sure you have a meal(s) for the photographer(s) at the reception and before the ceremony.
Make sure to at least get one extended family group shot, whether it's a more traditional/formal or contemporary shot. I've lost count at how many brides/grooms have contacted us a few months after their wedding to tell us how happy they were to get a group photo (even though many didn't think they needed it) because some grandma, grandpa, uncle, or whoever just died and they weren't able to see them after the wedding.
As far as pricing goes, it can vary greatly. In my area it can range anywhere from $1000 for an all day photographer with all full-res digital files handed over to $10,000+ with no digital files and two photogaphers that will likely be more drunk than any of your guests at the reception.
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