Updated: Nov 19, 2019
The best deal in town
Let’s face it we’ve all heard the phrase “You get what you pay for” and in this situation it’s exactly the same, with this I don’t mean you need to hire the most expensive wedding photographer in your city, everyone has different budgets, but when it comes to choosing the correct wedding photographer you have to consider several other aspects other than the cheapest one. You still need to take into account the fact that you need to like the images, product, and service they are offering you. At the end of the day, the only thing we actually get to keep from our wedding are those memories captured into photographs/video.
The family member
Be very careful with this photographer, first lest just imagine for one second they can actually deliver the same products (albums, prints, etc) in no way are they delivering the same quality, it’s not the same purchasing an original Michael Kors handbag or a knock off, you know that deep down when it comes to the details (which by the way are the most important parts) you know it’s not as good as the original. family member?
The one a friend/relative hire without you knowing
So this is something we’ve encountered a lot when talking with different couples who end up going with another photographer because someone already paid for their services, without the bride or groom even knowing. This at the beginning might sound like “hey at least I won’t have to pay for this anymore”.
Well, think again about this, is the photographer they are hiring even good? We might be even going back to reason number one, or even more important than that, do you at least like the style and what the photographer offers in the booked package?
I always recommend if something like this is going to happen to you, go and meet this photographer or ask your friend/relative to schedule a meeting before they end up hiring someone you might not like. Or if they are willing to pay for everything you might just ask for that money so you can invest it in a photographer you want.
The “I can do the same as the other photographer”
In this case you might not encounter a cheap photographer rather in this case someone who only want your business. While you’re still on the search for your ideal photographer going in and out of meetings you might encounter this photographer the one who says “I can do the same but at a lower price”.
Be very careful with this photographer, first lest just imagine for one second they can actually deliver the same products (albums, prints, etc) in no way are they delivering the same quality, it’s not the same purchasing an original Michael Kors hand bag or a knock off, you know that deep down when it comes to the details (which by the way are the most important parts) you know it’s not as good as the original.
The one as a package from the venue
These days some venues might offer the option as a package where the photographer is already included in the price for just an additional “$X”.
Being completely honest with your selves, doesn’t this raise a Red Flag, the venue is the business of providing a location for your reception, they are not professional wedding photographers, would you really leave your memories, all of those moments which will never repeat to someone that doesn’t value themselves?
Whether you have a large budget intended for your wedding photography investment or a smaller one, be sure to give the photographer you actually like a chance, to explain them your situation, what you can or can’t do, there might be a way to negotiate into something you both can agree, always be on the lookout for anything too good to be true.
Take this example, you receive a phone call, from a company you e never heard of then they say you just won a free honeymoon package, for any day in the next year, the only thing you need is to give them your credit card number and the money is given back to you once you arrive at your destination, would you actually give them your card number?