It's an important part of any wedding and the best way to commemmorate your day. Wedding Planner Katie Zuniga joined us with some important things to keep in mind when budgeting for photography and videography. She says it's important to include both.
National average, according to the Knot.com:
Photographer is $2,379
Videogrpaher is $1,619
- Step 1: Settle on a Style Documentary: Portraiture: Fine Art: Edgy-Bold:
- Step 2: Do Your Homework Read reviews, blogs, past weddings, twitter, Facebook, and website. The design of the website can off give a clue to their style.
- Step 3: Set Up Interviews Suggested meeting with 3-5. Check date availability, price range
- Step 4: See a Few Full Wedding Albums/videos Don't base you decision on just the "best of the best" you won't get a well rounded look at their work unless you see the entire album. Make sure it is their wedding they shot not one of their co-workers. Ask to see albums in similar settings to yours, a ballroom, or vineyard
- Step 5: Review Albums/video With a Critical Eye Look at the key moments you want capture and see if you like how they photographed them. First look, walking down the aisle, feeding each other the cake etc.
- Step 6: Make Sure Your Personalities Mesh If you don't mesh with your photographer it will show. A common thing is a engagement shoot. Do this before you book your day. Otherwise if you don't like them you are already committed
- Step 7: Confirm Your Shooter(s) Many larger photo studios have more than one photographer on staff, and unless you specify it in your contract, the lead photographer may not be the one shooting your day.
- Step 8: Compare Packages Everyone prices things so differently that you need to make sure you are comparing apples to apples
- Step 9: Ask About Your Rights Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. You can't just post the digital proofs they send you -- most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you'll have to buy the rights to the images.
- Step 10: Get the Postproduction Details Make sure to get a date, in writing, as to when you will see your images/video. During high season it can take longer so don't expect to see them for at least a month.
For more information on planning a wedding, visit Katie's website.