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Choosing a professional and courteous wedding photographer is extremely important because it is through their pictures you will remember your wedding day. This is one of the most special days in your life, so you will need to have a wedding photographer that can capture not only the physical attributes of the wedding but also the emotional ones. While you may have friends that are able to take a decent photograph, you will want to always hire a professional wedding photographer. The main reason for this is because with a professional wedding photographer they have been trained to photograph weddings and capture the rare and candid moments that make wedding pictures so special.

In order to find the perfect wedding photographer you will want to begin your search by visiting at least five photographers. When you are viewing their portfolio begin to take note of how your own emotional response was to their pictures. Also, make sure that you make notes of the communication skills the photographer possesses when shooting weddings. However, besides the emotional qualifications of a wedding photographer, you will want to also review their technical qualifications. Ask what type of cameras they shoot with and how they will develop your photographs.

The most important question to ask a potential wedding photographer that you’re interested in hiring is whether or not they will be the actual photographer covering the wedding. If you are choosing to go with a larger photography studio, they will usually have a staff of several photographers that rotate weddings. If you are taken back by a certain photographers portfolio you will want to ensure that when you sign up for their services you have that same photographer at your wedding. However, if there is another photographer that will be shooting your wedding, you will want to set up an appointment with this individual to review their portfolio.

Once you have chosen a wedding photographer, you will then want to begin discussing their rates. While amateur wedding photographers will charge around $1,000 to cover the entire event, high-quality professional photographers can have rates that exceed $10,000. While this latter rate is quite high, you can expect to spend around $1,500 to $2,500 for traditional wedding coverage. It is easy to spend up to 30% of your actual wedding budget on your photographer, however, this is appropriate because it is with their photographs that you will remember your wedding day for the rest of your life.

One of the top questions couples have concerning wedding photographers is how long will their photographer be at their wedding? The exact length of time that the photographer will stay at your wedding really depends on you. You are able to decide if you want the wedding photographer there when you and your wedding party are first preparing for the event, or if you only want the photographer present for a few hours during the wedding and reception. The exact length of time your wedding photographer will spend at your event will depend on what you both agree on. However, with most professional wedding photographers the price difference between full-coverage and short-coverage is not large.

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