Tips for Brides Choosing a Wedding Photographer

In this article we take a look at some steps to undertake when choosing a professional wedding photographer. This can be used as a guide for brides to help you understand wedding photography and what to expect from a wedding photography package.

1. Your budget

They say on average you should spend 10% of your wedding budget on a wedding photography package. By now you should have an understanding of what you are able to spend on your entire wedding. From this you are able to work out how much you can spend on your photographer. While this is no hard and fast rule its certainly a starting point. Photographs will last a lifetime and provide you with memories for ever, so do not be tempted to skimp on the photograph budget.

2. Select a professional wedding photographer

Don’t be tempted to book a cheap wedding photographer. They are cheap for a reason! Always book a professional and don’t be tempted either to let your “uncle bob” who has a “good” camera shoot your wedding! Whilst you may have friends or family that produce excellent quality photographs of cars, children or landscapes; shooting a wedding is entirely different and the pressures involved in producing a high quality set of 500 + wedding photos can be quite intense if he or she has never managed a wedding party or controlled wedding guests before. Weddings during the dark afternoons of winter or when it rains require professionals that know how to still produce a consistent high quality photos despite the weather conditions! Ask yourself if your friend or uncle bob could do this?

3. Select your style of wedding photography

Ask yourself if you would like a traditional wedding photography package with formal portraits or a more relaxed candid approach. While the candid or reportage style is probably the most popular at the moment please be aware that some wedding photographers will just do this all day long and not take any group photographs at all. You will need to select what is right for you of course, so if you do want a few groups done you will need to find one that does a good mix of traditional and candid photos throughout the day. The same goes for the way the photos are edited, ask yourself whether you prefer the vintage look to your photos or do you prefer photos to look as they are supposed to look. Some photographers offer a range of options on your photos in the way they are edited; giving you not just colour but black and white; sepia or any other vintage filters on your key shots throughout the day. While other wedding photographers may just give you a vintage look on every photo. You will need to decide what you prefer.

4. Search for your wedding photographer

By now you should have a good idea of what you are prepared to spend and the style of photography you like. Now its time to select three of your favourites from the many websites or wedding fayres you may have visited. Please understand that most professional wedding photographers will be happy to make an appointment with you one evening and come and see you for a chat to show you more of their work. This will allow you to meet them in person which is an important part of the selection. You may see some fantastic wedding photos on a website but does their personality match what you’d like from your wedding photographer?! You will be working with this person through the most important day of your life so its equally important to have someone you and your family are happy to be around. They should be friendly, easy to get a long with and deal with as well as being a great and professional photographer.

5. Questions to ask

Ask to view a full set of wedding photos from a wedding day, most wedding photographers will be happy to show you a full set of photos, possibly even from your venue if they have worked there before. Ask about insurance; a professional will have public liability insurance as well as being insured to provide emergency cover your wedding if he or she were to fall ill or have an accident the day before your wedding.

Find out if your wedding photographer will allow you to keep all the edited photos from the day on a disc or memory stick to re print as you wish without any copyright or watermarks. Some wedding photographers will allow you to do so, some still only allow a select few to be printed. Again this may be reflected in the price of the package so choose which method bet suits you.

By now you should have an idea of who you would like to be your wedding photographer. Remember its not just about the quality of the photos! Personality, price and the all round package of what you get all play its part. Take all this into consideration and you should have your answer.

Great Wedding Photography Ideas You Might Want To Try

Most professional photographers these days are coming up with a line-up of unique concepts that can effectively cater to the distinct personalities of the subjects. The trends in wedding photography are always changing. They are recognizing that not all couples are conventional and want to follow the traditional fairy-tale concept where everything is bright and perfect; therefore, they offer innovative and flexible concepts that are more fitting for these special clients.

But the cool thing is that these slightly out-of-the-ordinary wedding photography themes are becoming the trends, claim professional photographers. Wedding photography that effectively represents the distinctive style preferences of today’s couples is now becoming really popular.

Listed below are the current extraordinary trends in wedding photography expert photographers highly recommend for soon-to-wed couples that want a break from tradition.

Vintage Black and White

A lot of brides actually particularly love the vintage appeal of black and white photographs. Vintage never really gets “old,” and the black and white treatment for photos is applicable to all the other wedding photography trends. Whether couples are having a classic and romantic hall wedding, or having a hippie style ceremony and reception in the woods, the vintage black and white concept can easily be achieved.

The Wet Concept

Couples are taken to the beach or the pool in their wedding garb and the photos are taken as they have fun in the water.

Trash the Dress

This is perfect for brides who are anything but sweet and dainty. This particular concept for wedding photography looks like it comes straight out of high fashion magazines. It’s creative but raw and fun; plus, it can be carried out in a variety of ways. Photographers bring paint, confetti, grease, and a motley assortment of things to that can be used to really destroy the bridal dress (which is often something rented from the studio or purchased for cheap from thrift stores or yard sales). The overall appeal achieved is very nineties grunge or rocker-chic.

You and Me Against the World

Examples are wedding photos taken in the midst of traffic or while the couple is running against the crowd. It’s very artistic and dramatic, but what’s particularly nice about this type of wedding photography is that it provides a very romantic story.

These trends are really becoming more and more popular especially to those couples who are so into fashion and arts. The best thing to keep in mind when thinking of the best wedding photography theme is to hire an expert. To know more, click here.

Going Vintage!

Vintage is the “new,” “hot,” and “fresh” idea for this wedding season. Today, Bride’s are reinventing the old and turning it into something innovative! When thinking about the word “vintage,” what vision comes to your mind? Do you think old-fashioned and historical? How about fashionable and glamorous? What about warm and cozy? Vintage can be so many different things. Vintage can be an era, a particular piece of furniture, a memory, and even a style.

Because finding Vintage items and ideas to enhance your theme can be like finding a needle in a haystack, here are some options I have put together for you, the Vintage Bride!

1. Vintage Location: As a vintage Bride, you may want to create your vintage look by first and foremost hosting your wedding at a historical site. Some examples in the Southern California Area are the Jones Victorian Estate in Orange, the Centennial Museum in Santa Ana, and the Grand Tradition in San Diego, to name a few. In this way, your Vintage look begins the moment you book your venue. When guests arrive, they are instantly brought back in time to a period when hospitality and gentility reigned.

2. Vintage decorations: When buying vintage and antique items, you can begin at Antique stores, but don’t limit yourself there. Although going into an Antique store, where you are guaranteed to find an abundance of vintage items from broaches to furniture, can feel like you have found the pot of gold, these items may come with a heavy price tag.

If you’re ready for some adventure, try bargain hunting! Flea markets and antique swap meats have a wealth of vintage items that you can pick through and choose from. Keep your eyes pealed because there can be a fabulous one-of-a-kind find hidden under a mound of items. Remember, you can barter, so find the best deal! In addition to flea markets and swap meats, try Salvation Army and Good Will stores, which have new items arriving practically every day! At these stores, you’re always guaranteed a good price.

Tired of run-around shopping? Try eBay, Craigslist,, or “Google” the word Vintage, where you can find everything from a vintage bridal gown to trunks, chairs, vases, and more!

3. Worried about the cost of acquiring these Vintage items when everything is all said and done? Rent vintage items! Vintage rentals are becoming more and more popular. Vintage Rentals come from specialty sources like “FOUND” based in Fullerton, CA, whose owner, Jeni Maus, finds joy in discovering that collectible item you’ve been searching for! From trunks, chairs, couches, and decor, you can style your photo-shoot and wedding vintage and bring guests back to another time period.

4. Ask a relative! Remember going into your Grandmother’s, Great Aunt’s, or another relatives house and admiring all of their nick-nacks and pictures? For your wedding, bring some vintage memorabilia that will represent your family, such as black and white pictures of your grandparents, an old quilt, dishes, teapot, or your Grandmother’s broach or locket to pin on your bridal bouquet. One thing to remember when asking your relative for these items is that these may be heirlooms or important artifacts of his or her past, so take good care of them. Any items that the relative will lend or give you for your wedding need to be written down on a checklist. To make sure everything is organized, print two check lists: one for a check-in and one for check-out.

Michelle Gregory, Wedding Coordinator and Event Planner at the Jones Victorian Estate recommends, “In order to make sure everything gets back to the owner, choose a reliable family member with a vehicle that will be responsible for those items. He or she will have the list and the coordinator or site representative will have a copy of the same list to make sure everything is collected and packed safe and correctly.”

5. Make your own! Vintage can also be a style and not specifically an item found in an era, so be bold and try creating your own! For a picture frame, get a brown frame and white wash it, or spunge gold, bronze or silver patina onto the frame to make it vintage or vintage glam. Do you have some extra costume pearls or jewels? Think about incorporating those into an idea too! Is there a box in your attic of discarded fabric or materials? Why not make some original vintage looking quilts or napkins? All these ideas and more can create your “vintage look” and can help minimize cost.

Whether going “vintage” shines through your location or your vintage memorabilia, make your Vintage Wedding your own! Reflect who you are and where you come from by creating your very own vintage theme. Going Vintage can lead you to all kinds of new and exciting destinations. Think about Vintage Glam, Vintage country, Vintage shabby-chic, Vintage garden, and more! Keep your eyes and mind open. Happy planning!