How To Save Money On Wedding Photography

How To Save Money On Wedding Photography

Don’t buy all of the digital files from your wedding photographer, buy only what you need.

It’s standard practice today for photographers to shoot the heck out of any event. We make more pictures than anyone could possibly use.  At the same time, brides and grooms are insisting they need ALL of the pictures from their wedding. Their desire is to be able distribute and print pictures on their own.

Save Money On Wedding Photography

There are dozens of similar images in this contact sheet from Amy and James wedding in Crested Butte. They only need the best ones. This combination makes wedding photography more expensive than it needs to be and here’s why: When a photographer gives you all of your wedding pictures on DVD or loaded onto a flash drive, they must price this into the coverage. Consequently, wedding photography becomes A LOT more expensive.

On any wedding day, I take several thousand pictures. See this contact sheet from Amy and James’ Crested Butte Mountain Wedding above. Which ones would you choose?

I provide my couples with an edited take of 600-800 images. (Even that is too many!) And the reality is my clients are never going to use and distribute more than handful of photographs.

How many bridal portraits does anyone really need? How may shots of the family? How many storytelling ceremony pictures? Or, details? In almost all cases, you only need one or two of the BEST shots to illustrate a certain part of your wedding day.

Save Money On Wedding Photography

An album spread from Amy and James’ Crested Butte wedding presents just three of their best pictures.

Save Money On Wedding Photography, Buy Only What You Need

If you want to save money on your wedding photography?

Then decide now what it is you need at the end of the day. A handful of the best wedding pictures to print from, a well-designed album, a framed print? By negotiating with your photographer for only those images and products you need, you’re going to save $$$.

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