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What’s The Right Wedding Photography Style For You?

You’ve found the perfect wedding dress: Check!

Booked your destination wedding at a great Caribbean destination: Check!

You have an amazing wedding planner that will help you with every aspect of your big day: Check!

It’s time to choose your wedding photographer. But, you’ll soon realize, this is not such an easy task.

You’ll find there are many different wedding photography styles. Each photographer has their unique flair, and the options might make you feel overwhelmed. Same goes for photo studios or brands: each identifies with a wedding photography style.

Keep in mind that connecting on a personal level, as long as you like their portfolio, can be enough…

But still, where should you start? What wedding photography style is right for YOU? We’ll help you figure it out.

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography

As it happens with most trends, photojournalistic wedding photography had its moment. It used to be the next new thing around 5 years ago. Back then, many photo reporters transitioned to weddings looking for a different outlet. Or, sometimes, a higher salary as well. These journalistic photographers brought their unique perspective to the wedding industry. Still, you should be careful since the term gets thrown around a lot these days.

The style relates to photographers who use a unobtrusive approach towards documenting the day. They follow the couple and limit posing directions. They capture the story of the day as it unfolds. They don’t force the couple or create situations for the sake of the pictures. Watch for words like “natural” on their website and messages.  Many of them use available light; so if your wedding is during the evening or indoors they might not be the best fit.

Their pictures might not all be perfect frames ready to hang to your wall. Yet, when you look at the sequence of pictures they captured, there’s always a sense of unity. A story behind. Images tend to be natural and honest, with a sense of emotion that shines trough.

Photojournalistic wedding photography IS for you if…

You do not want your wedding day photos to be just like everyone else’s. You hate posing in front of the camera or following directions. You’ll have an intimate wedding. You don’t want the photographer to interrupt any special moments. Your wedding will be in a nice natural setup, and most of it will take place during the day.

Photojournalistic wedding photography is NOT for you if…

Portraits and formal (posed) kinds of shots are must-haves for you. You want a photographer who will capture details and setups in a traditional style. You expect “regular looking” images.

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Fine Art Wedding Photography

This style is, as the name says it, means that you get something more “artsy” than what you would expect. Fine Art wedding photography is partly inspired by editorial fashion photography.

These photographers focus a great deal of their efforts in making “award winning” images. But, as always, there are great exceptions to the rule. But, in general, these photographers focus more on themselves and the photography they create.

They usually have education backgrounds and emphasize photo awards and accolades in their website. Fine Art wedding photographers use unique angles, creative, dramatic lightning and unconventional compositions. They have a real artistic flare. Some Fine Art wedding photographers might work with film and charge high rates.

Fine Art wedding photography IS for you if…

You are open to visual experimentation in your images and want the results to be breath taking. You wish for unique photos and you don’t mind playing the “find the bride & groom game” on some of your pictures. You appreciate art and don’t mind some images to have an abstract element.

Fine Art wedding photography is NOT for you if…

You have a traditional in style and appreciate old-school wedding photography. You expect most of your images to feature the subjects looking into the lens of the camera. Getting a “WOW” image is not as important to you as capturing the natural & candid moments of your day. You are not interested in images that won’t show the uniqueness and originality of your day.

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Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography is, well… just that. Traditional. These photographers are a rare species these days, since the new trends are the norm. Yet, you might find them in small towns, or in more mature wedding photographers of trade.

They concentrate on capturing the details of the day and won’t deliver “funny-looking” images. Or artistic ones.  They are hands-on during the day and will act almost as a kind of “coordinator”. They will rearrange the schedule and “guide” guests throughout the day.

They focus on posing the couple more than they do on capturing natural moments or candid shots.

Traditional wedding photography IS for you if…

You don’t mind your photos to look something like your parents. You are into classic images and a clean look. You want your photographer to be in charge of the day. Give posing instructions and move guests around. Its important for you to get posed portraits and pictures of the details of your wedding.

Traditional wedding photography is NOT for you if…

You get bored by looking at the typical images of social events. You don’t want all your pictures to look the same. It is important for you that your images reflect the emotions of the day. You like artistic imagery. You dread falling within the “cliche” more than anything.

We described each style as an “extreme” version of it. Bear in mind that most photographers will get formals, posed portraits and details, regardless of style. Review the portfolio of the photographers that interest you and talk with them, connect. The most important aspect of choosing the right one is just that. To connect.

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Author Bio

WeddingDayStory is a family of photo & video specialists based out of Playa del Carmen, México. We are loved by natural, adventurous and intimate couples. Our photography style mixes photojournalistic photography with a hint of fine art. We know that each COUPLE is important, not just the event.

We believe intimacy is the most important ingredient in romance, and that a day in the sun is better than a life in the shade. And, that there’s no better way of spending our lives than to Celebrate the Simple Romance of Weddings in the Sun.

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3 ways to save on your wedding photography

Your wedding photographs are the memories of your wedding that will accompany you for a lifetime, and perhaps even outlive you. So, you don’t want to skimp and get it wrong. Professional wedding photographers are worth their weight in gold, but getting your wedding pictures done by them can actually take a chunk out of your wedding budget. The Knot’s real wedding survey suggests that the average couple spends $2556 on their wedding photography, which is quite a lot of money. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can make your money go further and get the best possible results for what you can afford. Let us find out what they are.

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Research well and book early

First and foremost, don’t assume that you will get an unreasonably high discount, however early you look. So, start with someone who has rates that you can afford. Take the time to check out photographer portfolios and reviews, and find a photographer whose style you like. Although you may have a limited budget, you can still find the best photographer for that budget provided that you begin your search early and zero in on the right candidate.

Make use of discounts

You must have gone through the wedding photos of your friends. Is there any that you have loved in particular? If you haven’t really given much thought to this, think about it now. This way, you may find a good photographer who gives you a better deal because of the reference your friend provides. It is also likely that photographers offer referral discounts if you get someone else to sign up for their services as well. If you know of any other engaged friends, recommend your photographer to them. If they like him as much as you do, you may even and snag a discount when they sign up for his services.

Look for package deals and stick to the digital version till you can make your album

Many photographers offer package deals, and you can choose the one that fits your budget. Set some time aside to discuss your options, and find out if you can customize the available choices to fit your needs. Don’t worry too much about getting your wedding album ready right after the wedding. The important thing at this point is getting the pictures taken by a good photographer. Once you have the digital prints ready, start working on your wedding album only when you have the budget for it. Else, put it off till when you do. You do not have to worry, as you will always have the pictures to put into the album. Just don’t forget all about it. Make sure that you will get your album ready as soon as you have the necessary amount put aside for it. Share the digital prints with your friends and wedding guests soon after the wedding, so you do not have to postpone the excitement of sharing those memorable moments.

Find more valuable tips and advice to plan your dream wedding and stick to budget by visiting us at Best for Bride.

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Fun Wedding Photo Ideas

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The wedding photos do not have to be the same joyless shots of the bridal party arranged like a class picture. People are getting creative with the wedding photos. These fun wedding photo ideas can be used to create keepsakes that will be treasured forever.

One bride had a modest heart cutout of the back of each of her bridesmaids’ dresses. For one great photo, the bride and bridesmaids faced away from the camera with the bride in the center. Having their arms around each other or holding hands would be a sentimental touch.

The newlyweds can take have a photo taken of them holding their parents’ wedding photos. Couples can create a special moment to be part of the wedding photos by placing a word made with large white letters in the grass within the photo. “Love” or “forever” are some good options for the word.

Involve your guests. Have an outline of a heart drawn on the pavement and have guests stand on the outline with the bride and groom standing inside the heart. With everyone facing the photographer, the photo is an excellent way to remember all the friends and family that were at the wedding. Also, it helps the guests feel more involved rather than being sent off to the reception and wait for the photos to be finished.

Creative bride and groom photos can be wonderful keepsakes to be framed and cherished for years to come. One romantic pose is of the bride facing away from the camera with the groom’s arms around her waist. With his hands, he can make a heart shape by having the thumb and index finger of one hand touching the thumb and index finger of the other hand.

Due to the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the big day, many couples miss out on touching photo opportunities before the ceremony. Some people have found ways to keep the tradition and still have a wedding photograph of the couple before the wedding. A common strategy is to keep a door between the bride and groom. A partially open door serves as a partition between the couple. A sentimental twist to this wedding photo pose is for the couple to exchange love letters and read them while the photographer takes pictures of the bride and groom’s reactions to the letters.

Sparklers can be great props for a fun wedding photo. The couple could be inside a heart made from sparklers. Some couples get the bridal party and guests involved in holding sparklers for fun wedding photos. If planning to use sparklers, the couple should check to be sure the use of sparklers won’t break the rules of the venue. An alternative location could be used for some sparkler photos or other fun props can be planned if the sparkers aren’t acceptable for the chosen venue.

For more great tips about adding fun to your special day, browse the Best for Bride blog. From planning to the reception, the bride and groom can have an enjoyable experience.

 

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Wedding Photography : Which style is right for you?

Wedding photography is one factor which you can get right, or go terribly wrong with. The pictures taken on the day form a critical part of your wedding memories, and so it is important that they are captured in the way you wish to remember them.

Today, there are various styles of photography to choose from. You can choose to go with a particular style, or a blend of styles, depending on what appeals to you. So, let us first try to understand these styles.

Traditional/Documentary Style photography

This is the tried and tested style of wedding photography that we recognize in our mother’s or even grandmother’s wedding album. The photographer works on capturing the couple and the crowd in set poses which are known to have worked over the years. The group photos are quite similar, with the people in the photographs assigned specific poses and places. Every detail of the wedding is covered in order, from when the bride dresses for the wedding,to the arrival of the couple at the venue, the ceremony and beyond. It is quite formal in nature, and predictable too. Most of the pictures look perfectly timed, are well-lit and done in portrait style. The photographer can be creative with the location and angles from where he shoots, but the options are limited. If you aren’t too adventurous and want a minimum guarantee on what you will receive, this is the style to opt for.

Photojournalism

In this modern style, the photographer works in the background, does his work unobtrusively, and captures the moments as and when they occur. The pictures reveal a story, like you would see in a documentary or magazine. There is less posing, arranging, lighting or timing, and your pictures will look natural and candid. If the photographer is talented, he will be able to capture the actual fun, excitement and emotions at the wedding by getting the best shots at the right time. There is a risk you run with this style if your photographer doesn’t have the necessary expertise. You may end up with an album full of random pictures that do not gel together.

Fine art photography

This is perhaps the most dramatic style, where the photographer experiments with styles, lighting and posing to transform your pictures into pieces of art. One thing is certain, your wedding pictures will be unique. The personal style of the photographer seeps into every picture, the beauty of the background is wrapped into the frame and artistic composition is the ultimate aim. Like in photojournalism, the pictures convey a story, but the methods, medium and effects are entirely different.

A harmonious blend of Traditional and modern

The go-to choice for most couples today, this is a blend of portrait photography with photojournalism. Here, you get the best of both worlds. The photographer not only captures all the classic portraits, but also pays attention to the details of the day in his pictures. You may however, find that your album is pretty similar to the others in his portfolio. If predictability is what you prefer, this is the choice you need.

Hopefully, you now have a clear idea of what style suits your personality. For more wedding advice and tips on planning for your big day, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Engagement Photo Tips

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Your engagement photo does not have  to be like those drab, sterile photos of the engagement announcements in the local newspaper. Many couples go to a professional photographers studio and get photos taken that are reminiscent of school pictures. Instead of choosing a color background and grinning, get engagement photos that reflect your personality as a couple. Here are some engagement photo tips to stoke the creative embers.

Many couples opt to hire a professional photographer for the engagement photos. Some couples who do their own engagement photos outdoors with the help of a photo-savvy friend end up with some great outdoor photos. When deciding whether or not to hire a photographer, consider your budget and if this is the best choice for getting the photographs that you want.

Natural daylight is beautiful light for an engagement photo. However, bright sun can be harsh and result in shadows and squinting in photos. Consider when the best light would be for the photo. Do you want the soft light of right before sunset? Are you having the photos taken in a wooded area and need more light? If you are using a professional photographer, the photographer should have some suggestions for capturing the perfect daylight shot.

Dress to suit the setting. If you choose to have your engagement photos in a field, formal wear isn’t going to look right. It looks out of place and staged. Choose clothing that looks natural, like something you would actually wear in that setting. The engagement photo is about you as a couple, not about your ability to dress to impress others. Some brides-to-be wear a white dress for the engagement photo that is suitable for the setting yet hints at what is to come.

A common problem that couples have for the engagement photo is tension and stress. When you focus on trying to create the perfect photo, it brings heavy expectations. Instead, get close and enjoy the moment. Remember what the photo is about. It’s not about every hair being in place and perfect smiles. It’s about the love you share.

Tell your love story. The engagement photo does not have to reflect how you met or where you got engaged or your favorite activity to share, but some of the most endearing engagement photos do just that. If you share a hobby, consider showcasing that activity in the photo. Share where you met or some place that is special for you as a couple.

Home is where the heart is, right? You’re comfortable at home and relaxed. If you tense up just thinking about a photographer taking your photo, you might want to opt for home. Why not have an engagement photo in the kitchen if you enjoy cooking together? In front of the fireplace is a classic choice. While you may feel comfortable in your bedroom, it can come across as creepy for an engagement photo.

For more tips about making the most out of your engagement and planning the big day, visit Best for Bride. Our blog has some fantastic tips for making your wedding the best day of your life.

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5 Steps to Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

Congratulations on your engagement! You are probably very excited telling friends and family, but do not get too relaxed, you have a lot of planning to do for your special day. One of those things is that you will need to a hire a professional photographer.

Hiring a photographer is probably one of the first things you will need to do, this is because some of the best professional photographers book their shooting schedule up to two years in advance. So get searching for your photographer right after you have booked your venue. This will allow you to provide a date and location for them when checking availability.

Seek recommendations from family, friends and your venue.

Wedding photographers who are good at what they do, usually have a track record of success with a great reputation amongst many. This means a good photography is not too difficult to track down. Start out by asking for photographer recommendations from family and friends who may have hosted their own wedding or been to one recently. Your friends and family will always have your best interests at heart, so they are more than likely going to recommend a truly fantastic photographer. If nobody close to you doesn’t know of a photographer not all hope is lost. Speak to your caterer or even the venue you plan to wed at. All these places may know someone perfect to capture your big day.

It’s time to pay them a visit.

If you are fortunate to have a list of recommended photographers, it is time to break the list down even further by eliminating particular photographers from your list. First, give them all a call, have a chat about what you require, but do not commit to anything just yet. Use the call to find out how friendly and accommodating they are.

Once you have eliminated a few more from your list, it is time to pay them a visit. Is their office or property nice? Is it well kept and modern? What is your overall impression? All these little things create the bigger picture (no pun intended) as to what you could expect when working with them.

Get judging that portfolio!

When sitting down with a potential photographer, have they offered you a wide variety of wedding albums for you to look over? Have they worked at the venue that you are planning on having your wedding? What are their working hours, do they suit your needs? These are just a few questions you may need to ask yourself before committing to hire a photographer, but most of all, do you love their style?

You may also want videography to be done at your wedding, if you do, this is the chance to speak to your photographer to ask if it is possible. Do they have any video samples to show you? Do they edit their own videos before handing them over to you? How much involvement do you have? Although you may not necessarily want to use the same company for your wedding video, but nevertheless choosing the same company to do both will certainly offer you peace of mind that everything is being handled together.

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The Wedding Scene And Trends

Weddings are some of the most memorable events of our lifetime as they bond two people who are in love. Both parties take an oath to stay by each other side despite challenges and illnesses which is a perfect illustration of love. Almost every unmarried person has plans to have a nice wedding someday. It is also one of the oldest practices known to man and all cultures have some form of wedding traditions, ceremonies and preparations. However, the wedding scene has evolved over ages as our society continues to change. There are many new ideas, inspirations and additional activities that go along with the ceremonies.

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New wedding ideas

The ceremonies have not changed in a big ways but rather include new ideas that improve the wedding experience and bring more memorable joy. Traditional weddings and related ceremonies were held at a location close to the bridegroom’s home. Today, ceremonies can happen in foreign countries, uptown hotels and backyards, parks and various places that are far away from home. The ceremonies involve a day time activity and night parties that include only a select number of guests. It is important to plan in advance and make all the necessary arrangements weeks before the actual wedding. There are many ideas for decor including garden, ballroom, loft, seaside, barn and destination among others. Cake ideas range from white to blue, green, pink, gold and yellow including all preferences and unique tastes. Flower ideas include bouquets, centerpieces, decoration placements and boutonnieres. When looking for wedding inspirations just watch along and see what other couples are doing. The modern scene is full of brilliant ideas and imagination. The good thing is that weddings are 100% customization.

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Wedding trends

There are new trends in every aspect of wedding ranging from the dress to entertainment systems, parties, food and photography among other things. When planning for a wedding, checking existing trends may help land incredible deals for venues, cakes, dresses and entertainment. Current trends include bands and celebrity appearances, closed door weddings, beach side after-wedding parties and destination trips across different cities. Although it is advisable to have a wedding planner who handles various aspects of the wedding, choosing services from a single contractor may not yield desirable conveniences. It is better to outsource services from various clients for different requirements. Choose the best for each requirement and make sure there are a couple of alternatives.

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Conclusion

Wedding is supposed to draw inspiration, love, excitement and positive energy. It is therefore important to do everything because there is only one big day and no chance should be given to disappointments. Ensure all the planning is done in advance and contract only the best for photography, scene decoration and meals.

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Getting the Best Possible Out of Your Wedding Photos

Pictures are worth more than thousand words, therefore your wedding photos must include some perfect combinations of humorous, serious outrageous and sentimental shots, because they are the ones you will treasure for the rest of your life. Here are some tips you should consider.

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For your pre-wedding meetings, make sure you set up some consultations with your chosen photographer at the venue of your wedding because it helps in all cases. Try to organize a consultation with your photographer late in the afternoon because that is the time mostly scheduled for couples’ photo-shoots. You need to make plans with your photographer, especially how the day’s events will unfold. For instance, your photographer needs to know when will the couple walk into the reception hall, and He needs to know where you want your pictures to be taken from. Adequate preparations for timing, and lightning will save you from any likely embarrassments.

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You need to book your engagement shoots ahead of time. The quality of photos taken at your engagement will help you work with your photographer ahead of the proper wedding. Engagement photo-shoots can serve as wedding photo-shoot trials and the quality you get can help you determine whether you can hire him for the next phase of your wedding program.

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The venue of the wedding must be arranged early so that your photographer can take pictures of the wedding decor earlier in the day, and just before the arrival of your guests. It is almost impossible to get excellent decor photos when your guests are already at the venue. Make arrangements with your photographer and ensure that he arrives not later than 3 hours before the start of the wedding ceremony.

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Preparing your venue for the wedding photo-shoots is important. Make sure you choose a large hall with lots of windows to provide natural lightning. Make sure you plan the overall look and feel of the wedding venue by de-cluttering and making the room as neat as possible.

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Try to get your wedding ceremonies done at one venue as much as possible, this will save you the hassle of moving your guests from one place to another as such can disrupt the effectiveness of your photographer. This will also save you some money, considering the fact that you are paying your photographer on an hourly basis.

Try as much as possible to keep the total number of your family photos to between 8 and 12 in order to save time and give the lists to your photographer as well as someone in your bridal party who can gather people when they are needed to take pictures.

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Tips to look great in your wedding pictures

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Once your wedding day is over, it is the wedding photographs that will help you remember your lifetime event. These photos will be viewed again and again, not just by you, but by friends, relatives and even the next generations. You have to look great in the pictures, and making sure you do is not just the responsibility of the photographer, but yours too.

These tips will help you make sure that you photograph well on your wedding day. Check them out.

Relax and remember that you needn’t smile in all the pictures

With hundreds of clicks during the course of a single day, it is unlikely that you will be able to smile naturally through all of them. If there is one thing that spoils a picture, it is an unnatural smile. With jaws and cheeks hurting from smiling, you are bound to end up with a limp smile shortly. It is good if you realize this and do not attempt to keep at it. So, what do you do? Be happy, and let your joy radiate to your eyes. Your happiness is bound to be captured, even without the smile.

Make-up appropriately

The effect of your make-up may look very different when captured on camera. This is especially true if you use bronzer or spray tan. Make sure that you select your makeup appropriately, so you do not end up looking orange or yellow in the pictures. Check out old pictures of when you were in the same makeup and dress for your wedding accordingly.

Be yourself to look your best

Although you may be tempted to put on a Hollywood pose, or fake a smile in the hope of getting a great photograph, remember that you will only love the ones in which you look yourself. Breathe easy, relax your face and look natural; it will turn out great.

Mind your posture

The hectic pace of everything happening around you will cause tension to build up in your shoulders and back over the course of the day. You may find yourself stooping, shrinking or slouching as exhaustion gets to you. Remember that this will be visible in the pictures too. So, focus on your posture always. Pull your stomach in, keep your shoulders taut and chest forward. Relax when you feel tired, but take a deep breath and pull yourself up when it is time to shoot.

Experiment with different locations and times of the day

Make sure you have your pictures taken at various locations, and that you have your photos shot in the day and the evening. You will then have a number of pictures to choose from, and you may even be pleasantly surprised to find some of them better than you anticipated.

While you are busy capturing the biggest event in your life, don’t forget to enjoy the experience. Looking fantastic on your wedding day will help you look fabulous in your wedding photos too. We, at BestforBride can help you choose the wedding gown that will do this for you. Visit us online to see our extensive collection of wedding gowns, and also for valuable wedding advice.

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Finding The Right Destination Wedding Photographer

If you’re in the midst of planning a destination wedding you probably have already figured out that finding the right photographer can be a pain in the butt. It is always hard to book vendors in a location where you don’t actually live, as most want to meet face- to -face with you before your wedding day. The first step in tackling this necessary chore is to determine whether you are more interested in hiring an independent photographer or a photography studio.

An independent photographer will likely have more freedom to meet your needs than one who has to answer to someone else. They usually work closely with their colleagues and can often give you more personalized services than you would get from a large photography studio. You will also generally be able to work out an agreement with an independent photographer that you may not be able to get otherwise, especially when it comes to shots and poses that are not standard in wedding photography.

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In any case an independent photographer will likely ask you to pay their travel expenses in order to get to and from your wedding destination. If you really want to make sure you click with the photographer you are hiring (and this is always important) it may be worth it for you to travel to them or them to travel to you for a face-to-face meeting. Just be aware of the fact that independent photographers often charge a higher rate for their services than a large photography studio would. This is because they can set their own rate and that usually means they are in demand so you might have no luck negotiating for the lowest deal possible.

We all know that a destination wedding is expensive, so if you are trying to cut costs in other aspects of your planning you will likely be better off hiring a photography studio. Most offer a few choices of basic photography packages but do allow you to come up with a customized package that meets both your needs and your budget. However, most photography studios have a list of the poses they will photograph and you may be forced to stick with that list.

The larger the studio you work with is the less likely you will get any real one on one time with your photographer before your wedding day. This can cause problems if you end up with a photographer that makes you uncomfortable, produces poor results or annoys your guests.

If you have no choice but to hire a photography studio it is important to see examples of their work from each photographer on staff if possible. The last thing you want to do is end up with wedding pictures that don’t properly capture the beauty of your big day.

For more tips on finding the right photographer for a destination wedding or any other type of wedding check out BestforBride.com. The smartest brides believe in Best for Bride.