If you’re currently in the process of planning for your wedding, then you already know how time-consuming (and expensive) it can be. You have to book a venue, get a wedding dress, contact a florist, find a caterer for the reception—the list goes on and on.
And of course, something that you can’t forget to hire is a wedding photographer. After all, they will be responsible for capturing all of the wonderful memories of your very special occasion.
But if you’re already on a pretty tight budget, we completely understand why you might be hesitant to go with some of the larger photography studios. That’s why we wanted to provide you with a few ways that you can find an affordable wedding day photographer; one that will be professional but also prevent you from blowing your bank account in the process. Check these suggestions out below:
Get a package deal. You definitely want to choose the kind of photographer that you can be happy with. So, if after interviewing several different ones, you decide that you do want to go with a popular company, make sure to ask about package deals. For instance, it’s not uncommon for a professional studio to give you a good rate if you hire a photographer and videographer from them, so don’t forget to make that kind of inquiry during the negotiating process.
Look for a work-at-home photographer. Another option to consider is a photographer who doesn’t work out of a studio but who works at home instead. That’s because at-home photographers don’t have to worry about the overhead costs of renting out studio space (and running it). Just make sure that if you do decide to go this route that you request a few referrals beforehand so that you can get a good idea of their past work (especially at weddings).
Hire a photography student. Have you ever seen someone with a really great hairstyle and when you asked them where they went to get it done, they told you that they went to a cosmetology school? One thing that people overlook are students who are training to become professionals; including photography students. When it comes to this option, not only are they oftentimes just as good as the studio owners are but they tend to charge a mere fraction of the cost. (Just make sure that you ask for their portfolio so that you’ll know just what you’re getting in terms of quality.)
Ask a friend. If there’s ever a time to call in a few favors, it would be while you are planning for your wedding. Say that you have a friend who works for a company like Soundwave DJ and Photo. Why not ask them to shoot your wedding for you and to give you a discount as their wedding gift? You might be surprised by how honored they would be to do just that.
Use disposable cameras (at the reception). Some of the best wedding pictures are candid ones. So, pick up some disposable ones to put on the tables at your reception. Encourage your guests to have a ball taking pictures throughout the night and then collect them all at the end of the evening. Thanks to the power of Photoshop, there’s a pretty good chance that you can make some of them look just like a “pro” took them!