Are Expensive Photographers Really The Best? Not Always.
Will Your Pricey Photographer Do This For You?
See this picture? Photographer Jessica Claire has been there before. Check out her site at www.jessicaclaire.net. She really takes beautiful photographs of her clients! A photographer like that is worth the money, wouldn’t you say!? One who will really work hard for you. Isn’t that what we all want?
When choosing a photographer for your wedding, it’s important to interview several before you decide. There are many “big name” photographers who will give you their pitch, but unless you ask them questions, you never really know how much they’ll end up doing for you.
Don’t get me wrong, some big name photographers are amazing, and do excellent work. Well worth the money. But there are some scammers out there!
With photography being such a huge expense for the bride and groom, be sure when you’re choosing your photographer that they really are worth the money.
Photographers can charge anywhere from $1000 to $20,000 per wedding (sometimes even more!), and expensive doesn’t always mean the best. Some of the greatest wedding photography I’ve seen were from freelance photographers. They do it because they love it, it’s not just another “job” to them. It’s their life.
So find out what your photographer is willing to do for you. Ask questions. Get answers. And don’t decide until you’ve interviewed them all. Ask friends for suggestions. Look them up on the Better Business Bureau. Check out The Knot message boards and see what other brides who used the photographers had to say.
I once had a friend who paid thousands of dollars for her wedding photographer. He gave her the greatest pitch ever. In the end, however, they were disappointed to see that the photographer left the reception and went home, RIGHT after dinner!!! So they missed all the fun shots & all the dancing afterwards. Luckily they had plenty of guests who also took pictures. Double check that contract. Know how long your photographer is willing to shoot for.
It’s one of the biggest days of your lives, so choose carefully. Get what you pay for. And have memories to last a life time!
To learn more about contracts and what questions to ask, check out the post by Melissa DiStefano, at
Masterpiece Weddings! And thanks to Liene at Blue Orchid Designs for informing me who the photographer is in that picture, so I can share with all of you!