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Finding the Perfect Photographer & Videographer
January 21, 2014

The number one mistake that brides often regret most is not splurging on their photographer and/or videographer. Photo and video are the only way you can relive and cherish your wedding day. The last thing you want is to be unhappy with the photos that will decorate the walls of your future home. Here are some tips on finding the right vendor to capture your fairytale.

Splurge: While hiring these types of professionals can end up being one of the more expensive elements in your wedding, if completed poorly, it will end up being your biggest regret. Photos and video will be the main keepsake of your wedding day- the biggest day of your lives together. It is the one thing you can never get back after the fact-do not settle for mediocre. 

Find Your Match: It’s going to take some research to find the photographer and/or videographer of your dreams. You will need to consider style, personality, budget, package options, and more. Research their portfolios- do they consistently produce the timeless style you’re looking for? Interviewing several potential vendors is a MUST. They will be apart of your big day, and spending a lot of time with you. Getting along with them and feeling comfortable is important. 

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Must Shoot List: Sit down with your photographer and/or videographer before the wedding and have a conversation about the key highlights you’d like them to capture. Give them a list of the most important individuals, and let them know of any special traditions on your “must shoot” list.

Post Wedding: Make sure you’re on the same page with your vendor on how long editing the photo and/or video will take. Often times it takes a photographer 6-8 weeks to edit the final proofs, and roughly 50 hours to edit a video. Also, clarify about any copy rights- will you be allowed to produce extra copies of your photos or will that cost extra? These details should be outlined before the big day.