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5 of the Most Important Tips for Wedding Photography

A wedding photo is one of the most important investments to make before your big day arrives. After all, the photos are what you will look back on to remember your special day. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the five most important tips for wedding photography, so that you can make sure your photos are everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Step One. Finding the Right Photographer

When it comes to wedding photography, the first step is finding the right photographer. This can be a daunting task, as there are so many photographers out there to choose from. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on how to find the right photographer for your big day:

1. Do your research. The best way to find a good photographer is to do your research. One way to find a good local service provider is by getting recommendations from family and friends. Online reviews can also be a great resource so make sure you take time to look for them. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, take a look at each photographer’s website and portfolio to get a feel for their style and see if they’re a good fit for you.

2. Set up a meeting or consultation. Once you’ve found a few photographers you like, set up a meeting or consultation so you can get to know them better and see if they’re the right fit for you. This is also a great opportunity to ask them any questions you have about their services and packages.

3. Compare prices and packages. When you’re ready to book a photographer, compare prices and packages to find the best deal. Be sure to also ask about any additional fees or charges that may apply.

4. Book early! The sooner you book your photographer, the better. This will ensure that they’re available for your date and that you get the best possible price.

Step Two. Discuss Your Wants and Needs

When you’re hiring a wedding photographer, it’s important to discuss your wants and needs upfront. This will help ensure that you’re on the same page and that the photographer knows exactly what you’re looking for.

Some things to consider discussing include:

-Your vision for the day: What kind of feel are you going for? Romantic? Fun and playful? Elegant? Knowing this will help the photographer capture the right mood in their photos.

-Important people and shots: Who is absolutely essential to capture in photos on your wedding day? In addition to immediate family members, you may want photos with your grandparents, bridal party, or close friends. As for must-have shots, think about any specific moments or groupings that are important to you (e.g., cutting the cake, or your first dance as a married couple).

-Style preferences: Do you have any preferred styles when it comes to your wedding photos? For example, some couples prefer a more traditional approach with posed portraits, while others prefer a more candid/ photojournalistic style. Discussing your style preferences ahead of time will help ensure that the photographer captures images that you love.

Step Three. Budget Accordingly

When it comes to wedding photography, one of the most important things to keep in mind is your budget. Wedding photography can be quite costly, so it’s important to plan ahead and budget accordingly.

There are a few things to keep in mind when budgeting for wedding photography. First, consider the experience of the photographer. More experienced photographers will typically charge more for their services. Also, keep in mind the type of service you want. If you want a photographer to simply capture candid shots during the ceremony and reception, you’ll likely pay less than if you want a photographer to provide more posed and formal shots as well.

Another thing to consider is the number of hours you’ll need a photographer. If you only need someone for a few hours on the day of the wedding, your costs will be lower than if you need a photographer for an entire weekend. Finally, be sure to ask about any additional fees or charges before booking a photographer. Some photographers may charge extra for travel expenses or for digital copies of the photos.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can better budget for your wedding photography and ensure that you get the coverage you want without breaking the bank.

Step Four. After the Wedding

After the wedding, it is so important to back up your photos! I cannot stress this enough. Your wedding photos are some of the most important memories you will have of your big day, and you want to make sure they are well-preserved. I recommend backing up your photos on an external hard drive as well as in the cloud (I use Dropbox). 
Once you have your photos backed up, you can start thinking about ordering prints. I offer a beautiful line of wedding albums that make displaying your wedding photos easy and fun. Using wedding album software, I create custom layouts for each album page, allowing you to see what your album will look like before it even gets printed. Albums also make great gifts for parents and grandparents!

If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation to chat more about wedding photography, please contact me at cassidy@cassidybrookephotography.com or at 614-899-8373.

Step Five. The Day of the Wedding

It’s finally here! The day of the wedding! This is the day that you have been waiting for, and it is important to make sure that everything goes perfectly. Here are a few tips to help make your wedding day photography go smoothly:

1. Get there early: Make sure to arrive early on the day of the wedding so that you can get set up and take some time to scout out the best locations for photos.

2. Communicate with the planners: Talk to the event coordinators or planners ahead of time so that you know what the schedule for the day will be and where the best places will be for taking pictures.

3. Be prepared: Have all of your gear ready to go and double-check everything before the big day. This way, you can avoid any last-minute problems.

4. Be flexible: Things inevitably happen, so be prepared to change your plans if necessary. Don’t stress if things don’t go according to plan – just roll with it!

5. Have fun: At the end of the day, remember that this is a once-in-a-lifetime event! Enjoy yourself and have fun capturing all of the special moments on film!

Conclusion

Wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of a couple’s big day. Capturing the moments that they will cherish for a lifetime is a daunting task, but following these five tips will help to make sure that you get the best possible photos on their special day. Thanks for reading and we hope that you found this article helpful!

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