#1: THE IMPORTANCE OF USING A PROFESSIONAL
When choosing your photographer, it’s important to realize that wedding photography is different today than it was twenty years ago. With the advances in photographic technology today, just about anyone with a digital camera can claim themselves as a “professional photographer”, even though they’ve never done more than point and shoot. They may not know anything about the different styles, the different elements of a wedding that must be captured on film, and they probably won’t be able to give you any input or help on what would look best, and what wouldn’t.
Choosing to hire an individual who calls themselves a professional, when really all they have is a standard digital camera, is placing you memories in the hands of an amateur. And they’re probably not going to end up anything like the final product you had envisioned. So how do you make sure you’re hiring a professional? By visiting their studio, looking through their portfolio of different weddings, and getting testimonials and references from people. We’ll go into more detail on the different things you’ll need to ask your professional photographer later on in this report. But, before you start doing anything, or even considering the kind of wedding photographer you want, you must make sure that you’re using a professional – and not the guy down the street that just likes to take pictures!
Remember that professional wedding photographer book up pretty quickly, especially if you’re getting married in the “wedding months”, (May through August). Usually you should plan on booking your wedding photographer nine months before your wedding. Note that this general rule of thumb is not set in stone and is not even always possible.
You can get a great photographer for your wedding on shorter notice, but that is the typical amount of time in advance that most photographers will want you to book. This might mean that you need to start looking for your photographer a month or two before that, so you can be ready to book at the nine-month mark. Of course, also keep in mind that if you’re going for a certain photographer, or are only looking at very popular photographers, you’ll probably even need more time than just the nine months.
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