Money Mistakes in Wedding Photography and Arranging for a Wedding Photographer

I’ll begin here by stressing that your plan is to only get married once. You have only this once chance to get the wedding photography done right and if you end up with serious regrets over your choice of wedding photographers, the hard feelings will go on for a very long time. Don’t make the usual wedding photography mistakes.

What are those common wedding photography mistakes? Well, the first one is trying to save money on your wedding photography in the first place. There is an apt old adage that says ‘you get what you pay for’. If you’re not paying anyone for the candid shots of your wedding because you have your cousin Bob doing it for free, then you can expect many shots of your one aunt and her three homely daughters. The rest of the people at your wedding might make it into the odd snapshot. You won’t have a good mix of candid photos unless you have a neutral photographer taking those pictures.

The first mistake is looking for wedding photography bargains and so is the second. You might be getting an exceptional deal for the posed photography because a guy you work with it trying to get started as a wedding photographer. You’re paying for his inexperience and risking a photographic opportunity that is once in a lifetime to a raw novice. Maybe you should be paying him to be your second photographer instead. He could be that neutral photographer doing a great job for you at the candid photography and learning from the seasoned pro photographer doing the posed shots.

The third critical wedding photography error is also caused by trying to get wedding photographers on the cheap. This one involves weddings that take place at an exotic destination. The couple getting married need to pay to bring some important guests along and they often balk at the extra expenses of more but a good photographer is best to bring from home. Hiring a local could involve language issues, some cultural differences, and there may be even competency factors. You can’t interview ahead of time and there’s not really an avenue for you to complain or get corrections from after either. Don’t make that common destination wedding photography mistake.

I’ve outlined the three most common wedding photography mistakes and I’ve said that these three are all rooted on trying to save money on wedding photographers. Money is meaningless. The few bucks you might save on your wedding photography is nothing when compared to your wedding event or the memories your photographs will trigger for your lifetime. Spend what you need to get great wedding pictures and don’t cut corners just to skimp on expenses.

Hire the best for your posed wedding photos. Hire someone reliable for candid shots and pay that photographer to ensure you have bought dedication to the task. Bring along a good wedding photographer to your destination wedding too. A good marriage is supposed to last your whole lifetime and the wonderful memories from that one great wedding will grow from those superb wedding photographs. Get the wedding photography job done right the first time because hopefully, there won’t be another opportunity.