Thursday, August 7, 2008

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Choosing the right photographer can be one of the most daunting tasks of planning a wedding. There seem to be two distinctive price ranges for photographers, and most of the time it would seem that you get what you pay for. The Low range seems to be from $800 to $2500. Within this range you usually get a single photographer and maybe a simple album. The quality of work is usually not great or consistent, but there are always exceptions.

The higher price range can go from $5,000 to $9,000, and in these instances you are usually paying for multiple photographers, established businesses, and more high end final products. In this price range you can and should expect consistently great pictures, and if you have the money to spend all that's left is finding one that fits your style.

We ended up going with Danielle Biel at Skye Blu photography. Right now she's at the low end of the higher price range, and for the price she is a bargain. I love her attention to detail and she has a great eye for portraits. I found her by chance doing a google search, I fell in love with her work, and meeting her in person only cinched the deal for me.

There are so many things that I really loved about Danielle; one is that she shoots all her pictures using film. It is so rare and refreshing to find a photographer that uses film these days that it was definitely a strong selling point for me. Another one was that on her website each gallery is compromised of an entire wedding, and each gallery has lots of great pictures. Instead of some photographer's who will just show you some good pictures here and there. The truth is give anyone a camera, and they can take a few good pictures, so always ask to see albums that are comprised of an entire event.

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