Wedding Photography – Who and How?

Most would be brides and grooms tend to tie themselves up in a knot when it comes to the question of wedding photography. Should they go for a friend known for his enthusiastic dabbling in a DSLR? Or will old uncle XYZ do for the day? Is it worth spending the extra bucks on a professional photographer? Isn’t the occasion itself more important (and thereby merit more expenditure) than the effort to freeze those moments forever in time?

Opting to go for a professional photographer at a wedding has many pros but a few cons as well, not the least of which is the additional strain on the wedding budget. Of course, you can rest assured that the cameraman will indeed know the tricks of his trade so to say, especially if he is working with an agency or an organization. He will know how to arrange for the best lights, those exquisite Kodak moments and the wedding album delivered to you at the culmination of festivities will have all the signature trademarks of a professional photographer.

The choice, however, lies with you. Is that shiny little package with impeccable pictures in a formal setting really what you want to look back at? Or would you rather settle for a lower grade but more personalized approach; a friend of the family who knows exactly when to click the shutter in those candid moments? The enthusiastic familiar face who knows who will look interesting with who among the extended guest list? The choice, as we said, is up to you.

Another aspect of wedding photography that often ends up confusing would be brides and grooms is of course, the rather uncomfortable prospect of wedding photography tips. Should you tip the wedding photographer? Would not it be rather demeaning for the personable guy or girl? If you must tip him or her, what will be a reasonable amount for a tip?

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The answers to all these questions depend on your own unique context, the personality of the photographer and how good or bad a job he does at your wedding. Of course, if he is the shy type, it might take some persuasion to get him to accept a tip for a job well done. But as a general rule, most professional photographers accept tips as a sign of compliment for a job dutifully completed.

If you are in a serious dilemma over determining how much should you tip him for, an easy way out would be to compliment him in kind with little gifts like a well-decorated bouquet or a basket of chocolates. If that option also fails to work out for you, you might choose to compromise with a signatory token of appreciation like inviting him over to dinner when he comes to deliver your wedding album. After all, it is his handiwork that you will be admiring over the years as you cherish the treasured moment of your wedding.

Some of the perennial wedding photography tips would include the age-old, “Make sure the wedding photographer has multiple referrals from family or friends.” This is actually good advice if you don’t know the photographer personally or have only seen his works over the Internet. Be sure to at least talk to him before the wedding if you cannot at all get him to visit the venue of the wedding in advance and have him check out the area and the lighting well in advance. Some people even go to the extent of showing the photographer everything from the locale to the bridesmaid’s dress and even have him around during rehearsals or mock-ups in order to prepare him for the D-day well in advance.