This is an important one – Do you think that a cheaper photographer can provide you with the same quality and experience than someone who has been photographing weddings for over 10 years?
As with most things in life, the expression of you get what you pay for is often very true, so please be beware of photographers offering packages that seem cheap and attractive on price. More often than not the price will come at the cost of quality.
The expression an offer too good to be true is also one that usually ends up costing more in the long run.
Digital photography has enabled just about anyone to become a photographer. The market is saturated with amateur, low priced and even dubious photographers offering cheap packages; and more often than not, this ends up with the client being dissatisfied with the service and the resulting photographs. This also ties in with the point about asking for recommendations on Facebook. One of the worst thing someone can do is write “Can someone recommend a reasonably priced photographer?” or “I’m looking for a photographer who won’t cost an arm and a leg?” while I’m sure there are some good photographers who will respond (or others will recommend) the vast majority are going to fall into the cheap/inexperienced photographers. So again my ‘be aware’ of this stands again.
I do get it of course. everyone has a price point / budget to work within but it’s important to set your expectations early (going back to the point about researching what you really want from your day). I know when I really want something of special value I’ll always find a way to get it.
Ask yourself these questions
- Do their fees appear reasonable for the level of service you would expect?
- Do they have good reviews and testimonials (indication that clients value what the photographer provides)
and finally the most important question… “what are your memories worth to you?“
Although this isn’t strictly about the ‘price’ it’s worth mentioning about using a friend or family member to do photograph your wedding to save costs.
‘Uncle Bob’ is just a fun expression in the industry for a friend or family member with a decent camera, a camera enthusiast or hobbyist, (or even a ‘pro’ photographer but only shoots newborn babies) who may have offered, or you could ask to photograph your wedding. While this may seem an attractive prospect of saving costs on your wedding photography – it may well cost you in the long run.
Wedding photography is more than just turning up and taking a few good photographs with a click of a finger. You have to liaise with other professionals/vendors at the wedding, you may have to organise people into groups, dealing with the lighting situations as well as being in the right place at the right time for the key aspects of the day. Then there is the editing and potential presentation (album designs etc) of all the photographs to follow up too.
Hire a professional…