Carolina Bride

April 2, 2009

Through the lens

Memories of your wedding day should be preserved by a professional photographer.

Memories of special days can begin to fade as the years pass by. That’s why it is so important that the memories of your wedding day be preserved by a professional photographer.

Selecting Your Photographer Quality photographers are usually booked months in advance. If possible, you should begin your search for a photographer nine to 12 months before your wedding date. Don’t depend on a friend or family member to take candid shots. Even though they may have good intentions, there is no substitute for a professional. The wedding photographer you choose should be someone with whom you feel comfortable and whose photographic style you admire. Ask to see samples of previous work, including albums of recent weddings. Once you have selected your photographer, you will want to work out a contract agreement. The agreement should name the person who will actually photograph your wedding and should also include such items as the date and hours to be worked, overtime fees, attire of the photographer and the cost of the complete photographic package. The cost of the package will be determined once you and your photographer have discussed the types of pictures you wish to have and how you want your album to look.

Prior to the Wedding Day By looking at a number of different wedding albums, you will begin to get a feel for what you want in your album. Discuss your ideas with your photographer. Candid shots are often the most remembered, but you will also want the formal shots of you and your groom, parents and grandparents and the wedding party.

The Wedding Day On your wedding day there will be many people who will want to share this special time with you and your groom. Make an effort to have your posed shots taken as quickly as possible after the ceremony, so your guests will not have to wait unnecessarily for your arrival at the reception. Most importantly, remember that this is your wedding day. Relax, smile and enjoy! You will be creating memories that you will share and cherish for years to come.

Check out our list of Photographers. Read more of our Planning Articles.

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