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Start researching for your wedding photographer and you will soon discover quite how many there are, all offering similar services - but are they? Choosing according to a set budget may mean you end up with less than you bargained for but paying “top dollar” may not guarantee “top quality”. Seasoned professional, Matt Brodie, puts an end to some of the myths.

Firstly, decide how much of the wedding budget you are willing to spend prior to commencing your research. Prices vary wildly from £500 to approximately £10,000 depending on a number of factors, sadly none of them necessarily clear. Whilst there are a vast number of passionate and dedicated professionals out there, there is also an increasing number of “hobbyists” and “amateurs” that have invested in the latest gadgetry and profess to be full time wedding photographers. This can cause wild variations in both prices and quality.

Once a budget is established, decide on what style of photography you prefer. From modern to traditional, there are many options, so research different websites to gain a clear idea of what you like.

Following that, my advice is to look carefully at what the packages cover as this is where many of the pitfalls can occur. Similar to low cost airlines, by the time you have chosen your preferred items you suddenly find yourself paying considerably more than originally thought.

Consider the following:

• How much coverage do you require? Some packages only cover the ceremony and speeches whilst the bridal preparation and first dance will be charged as extras.

• How many images will you receive? If, after editing the photographer has 300 images for you to view, will you receive them all? Some photographers will only supply a set number of images, charging for additional extras.

• What copyright permission are you granted? Many photographers will not release high resolution images digitally, allowing you to freely reproduce and share prints. Be sure of what you are getting.

• What products will you receive to showcase your images? From DVD’s and web galleries to prints and bespoke handmade albums there are packages to suit and confuse all. Be sure of what you want and are getting for the price.

Summing up:

Research is key. Know what you want. Know your budget and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Put a shortlist of potential photographers together and meet up for a coffee and an informal chat.

Visit www.mattbrodieweddingphotography.com to view details of our fully inclusive packages and receive a 20% discount before October 31st when you quote: CH0910

Next month we discuss shooting beautiful images of pregnancy and babies.