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Karen Rahlf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2005

What to look for in a wedding photographer

I'm getting married in September at Lake Tahoe(probably, date not set in stone yet). I just started looking at wedding photographers' web sites and it's like trying to compare apples and oranges. Some use digital, some use film, some work alone, some have a partner, some include negatives/CD with their packages, others have those available for an extra charge or not at all. I'm overwhelmed. Once I start calling them, any suggestions of the type of questions I should be asking? I'm not as concerned about the cost as I am about getting "WOW" photos I can enjoy for the rest of my life. However, I don't want to get ripped off either. I don't live near Tahoe, so I need to at least narrow down my choices before I make a trip out there.

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2/27/2006 5:01:46 PM

Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  I think the first thing you should primarily be concerned with is their style and their ability to get the shots when the goin' gets tough. Look at their ports. If it isn't pleasing to you and if it's not something you want your wedding photos looking like, don't even bother looking at the packages. Just move on to the next. Hopefully you have a few to chose from. As for looking for packages I really don't know what to say. I wouldn't really worry about film or digital, just how the end results are. Plenty of pros still shoot film, but plenty shoot digital as well so remember it's about the pictures, not the camera they're holding. anyways just find a package that will suit you. do you want an album, or do you want a CD and you make your own album. do you want this, do you want that. do you not want this but you do want that. when you search their sites, just think of questions that the site doesn't answer, write them down and ask the photographer when you call them or schedule a consultation (right word?) meeting with them and interview him/her. Just remember there's a good chance you pay for what you get.

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2/27/2006 5:11:20 PM

Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Karen- Justin has some good points. I very much agree w/ not worrying about film vs. digital- just look at the portfolio & you'll see what you can expect, regardless of the medium. If you want "wow" photos, then you should see lots of them in their portfolio, otherwise, they're not for you.

You have to decide what's important to you (ie, do you want negatives/cds, etc), and then start looking for it in the photographer, asking the questions if they have 'that', or if they do 'that'.

Each area of the country is different for pricing, so that's very subjective.
I'm in western NY, and a "wow" photographer gets $2,500-$5,000. In a larger city, I'm sure that's peanuts.

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2/28/2006 9:36:36 AM

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