Response: In wedding photography, you get what you pay for. There are many amateurs who will tell you that they can photograph a wedding, but you might be disappointed in the results. You should visit two or three and look at their portfolios. If you dont like the quality of the pictures, choose someone else.
A good wedding photographer will use a medium format camera, which may or may not be digital in style. These cost a bit more than 35 m.m. cameras, but the quality of the pictures is better.
Things to ask include: Do you book more than one event per day? If they do, you may be limited in the time that you get for your wedding and the photogrpher may be late or rushed, or both. A good photographer will not do more than one major event per day. They might do a quick family portrait before your wedding, but not another wedding or time-consuming event.
Do you get the negatives? Some photographers allow you to have them and others dont. If they keep the negatives, ask how long. If your grandmother wants photos in 9 months, will the negatives be available?
How many proofs will you receive? You should expect to receive 120 - 140 quality proofs from which to choose your final pictures. The photographer will actually take closer to 300 pictures, but you will only receive the best ones in your proof book.
Can you purchase the proofs? If so, you will have a record of everything that occured on the wedding day.
Does he/she take candids during the ceremony and reception? If they say no, then you will only get posed pictures, and that doesnt really tell the story of the day.
How does the person dress? He/she should dress in a suit or other appropriate attire. They should not wander in looking like they just came from a baseball game.
This should give you some ideas of where to begin as you visit photographers.
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