Wedding Photography Tips for Brides

Wedding Photography Tips for Brides by Alan Howell of Star Path Images

As a seasoned wedding photographer in Greensboro NC, I understand wedding photos require a combination of preparation and skill to capture the moment in artistic style.

If you're newly engaged and thinking about getting professional wedding photos for your big day, you need to know how to get the most bang for your buck. Your wedding is too important to not fully prepare to document it in style and class.

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One of the best ways to ensure the best results for your wedding photography is to ask the most relevant, and often most avoided questions of your photographer. You're paying good money and you deserve to know upfront what you will be getting for your investment.

I have compiled a list of questions that will help any bride or wedding couple ask the questions that will ensure they are getting the right services and the best professional wedding photographer they can afford. So, if you're getting married and are not sure what questions to ask, fret not, we've done the work for you...

- Do you specialize just in wedding photography?
- Do you have a website portfolio or samples I can view?
- Do you only do formal portraits or can you offer candids and artistic styles?
- Can you offer black & whites or other effects for our photos?
- Will you shoot our wedding by yourself or with a second shooter?
- Do you offer ready-made wedding photo packages?
- What other services do you offer?
- Can you provide photo album, and if so, what are the costs?
- Do you use professional manual SLR cameras or point and shoot cameras?
- How, many hours will you shoot at the wedding ceremony and reception?
- Do you charge a fee for travel, or for extra shoot locations?
- How many photos will you shoot?
- What sizes of prints do you offer? What’s the cost for each size?
- Do you offer retouching of images, and what software do you use for editing?
- Do you offer website services or online proofing?
- How much do you charge for extra prints or double prints?
- Do you archive the photos and, if so, for how long?
- Are we able to purchase the raw negatives?
- How long of a wait time is it for the prints after the wedding?
- How far in advance do we need to book your services?
- How much is the booking deposit, when is it due? Is it refundable if we cancel?
- How much is the balance, and when is it due?

If you ask these basic questions it will greatly reduce the chances of being blindsided by extra fees, long turn around times, or other inconveniences. Answers to these questions should give you a good feel for how professional the photographer is going to be at documenting your most special day!

Alan Howell
Star Path Images
(336) 202-5472


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