Tips for Hiring an Affordable Photographer

We all know it’s important to find a qualified photographer to document the most important day of your life. Well seasoned wedding photographers come at a hefty premium and the affordable ones are lacking in experience. It’s all about finding the right balance…someone with enough experience at the right price.

I had contacted no less than 50 photographers before finding ours. It really was no easy task. During my quest for the perfect photographer, I realized that most of them were willing to work around your budget. I must say that was a nice surprise! They’ll do whatever they can to get your business. Just be honest with them from the beginning. Tell them how much you’ve budgeted for a photographer.

I’ve found that you can easily bring down the price if you take out prints and albums from the packages. Just ask for the digital negatives and print them yourselves. I like to get professional prints at SmugMug.com. The prints look amazing! You can even make your own wedding albums just like you would an engagement guestbook. Check out my post on creating an engagement guestbook.

If you want to save even more money, ask for unedited images. Although very few photographers will give you digital negatives straight out of the camera. Most of them want to put their own touch to the images. However, you will find some photographers who are willing. The pictures may look less polished but it might be worth the savings. If you find that there are a few pictures that could use some professional editing, FotoFix.com will do it for about $0.99 per image for basic editing.

Another solution is to ask for fewer hours. If the package includes an 8 hour session, ask them how much for 6 hours. It might not make a huge difference but a little bit of savings here and there will soon add up.

We were lucky enough to find a team of photographers who are just starting out professionally but truly has talent. Their prices were low to begin with and they were still able to drop their price by providing us with unedited images without any prints or albums…just the digital negatives and their expertise in documenting our special day.


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– Hey there Andria!My buddy Carl sent me this to see. His co-worker was the guy in this wedding who got mraried I think. Just wanted to say I loved this set, great job! What a gorgeous girl, dress, and good looking couple. =)

– So many good ones. We’ve shot at UW so often and sometimes its hard to get extiecd about it, but you got some really neat shots there! Love how you used the architecture in the background.

You’ve made Christmas shopping easy for me this year a Brazos wankilg stick it is (or at least one gift)! I couldn’t think of anything else I could possibly buy for my boyfriend when it came to photography equipment, but this will be helpful in more ways than one. I know he will love it! Thanks.

Touchdown! That’s a really cool way of putting it!

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