Tips on Choosing a Reasonably Priced Destination Wedding Photographer
Most competent and reasonably priced wedding photographers charge a few hundred bucks to cover a one hour wedding; edited digital images and prints vary in price North east Wedding Photographer Tom Hibberd in this range but are typically still somewhat reasonable.
By all means, if you have the budget for the famous ‘Rock Star’ photographer & his entourage, hiring the big dog on the block will ensure that all angles are captured in high quality by a team of 2nd and 3rd photographers and most likely a video production team will add to the hoopla with heaps of huge lights, tri-pods and personnel taking over the otherwise calm and tranquil destination wedding site. Of course, if you are funding a wedding of this magnitude, nothing is ‘reasonably priced;’ spending a few grand to over $10,000 on the media production becomes really essential.
Attempting to define a ‘reasonably priced’ wedding photographer will vary greatly from the bargain pix options to the “Mega Marriage Machine” — they are all ‘reasonably priced’ in their own way. So the first consideration in choosing a ‘reasonably priced destination wedding photographer’ would be to start off by planning a reasonable destination wedding.
For a small intimate wedding party of six or less, just about all aspects of the wedding will be in the ‘reasonable priced’ category; wedding parties of 12 or more will just be paying more for those services. Find a practical wedding package that includes everything you’ll need for a simple, stress free wedding like the Wedding Planner, minister and photography. When all the essentials are bundled into a ‘Mom and Pop’ wedding with photography package you will often save on the overall costs by not individually hiring a planner, a wedding minister and a photographer.
Compare “Mom & Pop” or small and personal wedding planner’s websites that showcase the photographer’s galleries; you should see somewhat of a consistency in the quality of the pictures, providing the equipment & editing is at a professional level.
Inquire about the photographer, ask for their website & galleries and look for what type of equipment they use; do they shoot in the professional uncompressed ‘Raw’ format with top quality JPG files as backup? Do they use the industry standard & pricey editing software or are they using a cheaper ‘Jr. version’ or other substandard editing software? Even with a great camera & a great photographer, not all the candid shots will be able to be taken with optimum contrast & exposure like a bright sunset in the background of the, now silhouetted, wedding party. Good technical editing with an artful eye for detail is truly paramount for perfecting what already seemed like the perfect shot. Skipping this step would be missing out on the magic that really makes a picture pop with vivid clarity & gently pull out the wonderful colors that are truly there but just need a wee bit of technical artistry.