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4 Tips For Hiring a Wedding Photographer
Your wedding day. Read that phrase again and let it sink in. YOUR. WEDDING. DAY. You want it to last forever. In reality, it's just one day. But with beautiful photos capturing everything about it, it can live on forever.

As eventful and as special as your wedding day is, it's a day that once it begins seems to end before you know it. And so you absolutely need a professional wedding photographer skilled in taking all the right shots so you can relive this day to its fullest whenever you desire. Friends and loved ones will be there to witness your special day, and the chances are good that you'll be so nervous, excited, and even a bit absent-minded -- especially since so much goes on (it's a whirlwind of a day) -- that you'll barely remember any of the numerous details.

After the wedding, about the only thing many brides and grooms recall is a flurry of activity and well-wishers. So, they count on their wedding photographer to capture all of the day's precious moments. That's why it's crucially important to make the right choice in hiring your wedding day photographer.

Here are some key tips to keep in mind when evaluating photographers and choosing the one you ultimately hire for your special day.

Experience Counts For Everything

When looking for a wedding photographer, ensure that he or she has extensive experience. An experienced photographer will have a substantial portfolio that you can review. When looking at their portfolio, check to make sure that all of the standard compositions (such as the bride prior to the wedding, ceremony photos, and those with family members) are there. Be on the lookout too for more creative interpretations of the couples' special days. Look for unique lighting and settings, as well as pictures that seem to capture the brides' and grooms' personalities. After all, you don't want a cookie cutter approach from your photographer for your wedding day. Rather, you want one who understands you and your needs.

The Right Chemistry: Check That You're on the Same Page

You and your photographer should have a similar vision for your special day. You have enough on your plate, and shouldn't have to spend time on your wedding day supervising your photographer. He or she should be open to the shots you have in mind, and you should be open to his or her interpretation of events as they unfold. Put simply, you have to trust your photographer. You can give him or her a list of photos you want taken. Remember, the photographer will have no idea that your Aunt Mary is one of the most important people in your life so clear communication with your photographer is a must. However, you also need to be able to trust his or her artistic vision, and follow his or her suggestions.

Keep Your Budget In Mind But Remember...

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. When it comes to hiring a wedding photographer you need to stay within your budget but still feel confident that you will get all the treasured photos from your wedding day that you expect and want.A competent wedding photographer will have a variety of packages and prices from which to choose. This way, you can book a talented photographer at a price you can afford.

Not Just Photos: A Partnership

A good wedding photographer becomes part of the infrastructure of your wedding day, and is an expert you can rely upon for advice. He or she can guide you through the maze of engagement photos, rehearsal dinner photos, and other wedding day events by offering critical advice on settings, hair and makeup, and even clothing that will help you and everyone else in your family, guests, and bridal party shine.

Enjoy more real wedding photographer hiring advice and wedding planning tips for brides and grooms with this video.

The four major tips above along with the excellent advice shared in the video will help you find the perfect photographer for your big day. In the end, your goal is to find a wedding photographer that will make your memories last forever.

When you hire a photographer who is experienced, whom you connect with, and who offers the price packages that work for you, you'll have a professional at your side who can help ensure you can relax and enjoy your special day, knowing he or she will be hard at work creating your collection of timeless wedding day keepsakes.