How to find the perfect wedding photographer on a budget

Bride looks away whilst groom looks at her Credit: – I want lovely photographs, but am limited by our budget. Do you have any suggestions on how we can save money?

"Start by getting your FBI cap on and doing some research into what style of photography you like and what approach you want your photographer to have. You’re going to be with this person, up close and personal, for a very long and emotional day, so you need to have faith in them and feel comfortable around them to get the most out of your wedding photos. Here are a few ideas to help try and save those pennies:

"Make a list of the events you most want to be photographed on the day. Can you squeeze all of those into three or four hours? If so, ask your photographer if they offer smaller wedding packages with just a few hours of coverage – most of us do.

"Ask about payment plans. These are becoming increasingly popular as an affordable, convenient way of paying, particularly if you’re booking one to two years in advance.

"If you own a business, you could offer a service that your photographer may benefit from in exchange or as partial payment for their work. Maybe a car service or web design, anything really. As long as it’s proposed respectfully, there is no harm in asking.

"You could look for a photographer who is new to the world of weddings and is building their portfolio. However, if you do this, make sure that they are insured, confident and experienced with their camera and have backup equipment. This can be a riskier option, but if you ask the right questions, it could be a great win-win for you and your novice photographer."

Claire Roige 

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