Wedding Photography on a Tight Budget

Tough economic conditions have a changed the way many couples go about planning their wedding. With high unemployment, corporate cut-backs and other economic perils, many have seen their financial situations change, while others are doing some belt-tightening just in case they are next. As a result of this economic stress, many couples are working with tighter wedding budgets. Of course, tight budget or not, most brides simply will not do without professional wedding photography to record the magic of their wedding day. So, how does a determined bride manage to get great wedding pictures on a budget?

Finding a talented photographer on a budget isn’t easy, but it can be done. First of all, give yourself plenty of time to look. Waiting until the last minute to find and book your wedding photographer can make it hard to find one that is available at a price you can afford. Finding the right photographer takes time under any circumstances, but leaving lots of time for careful comparison is even more important when you’re shopping among photographers that are willing to shoot your wedding at bargain rates.

If you are working with a very tight budget, your best case scenario is a talented photographer who is just launching his or her business. Often, a photographer who is new on the local scene will work for lower rates as they set about building a reputation in the field. Working for bargain rates helps them book weddings more easily, gaining the experience and portfolio they need to establish themselves, enabling them to command higher rates in the future.

The first step is to make a list of possibilities. The Internet can be a great place to start, as a great many photographers have blogs or websites that display an online portfolio. Ask friends and family for recommendations and check photography and wedding magazines for prospects.

Once you have a list of likely photographers, it’s time to make some appointments and do some comparison shopping. Among the factors you will want to discuss with your prospects are their preferred style of photography and their experience. Request that they show you all the shots from at least one wedding, allowing you to see if he produces quality pictures throughout an event, rather than just a few good shots in a sea of lesser quality ones.

A skilled and confident photographer should be happy to show off his work. If your prospect is reluctant to let you see all the proofs from the last wedding he shot, it’s time to move on to the next photographer on your list. With some careful checking and a lot of luck, you can find a photographer within your price range that will do a great job on your wedding pictures.