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Choosing Your West Virginia Wedding Photographer


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West Virginia Wedding Photographer Tim Ray offers West Virginia brides the very best in wedding photography.

Are you getting married in West Virginia? Who will be your wedding photographer?

Here is a list of things you should consider when looking for a wedding photographer.


Doing a little research on your wedding photographer can help you find a wedding photographer, who is great match to photograph your wedding day. I would suggest looking at the websites of a number of photographers, in order to see who's artistic style interests you the most, choose your favorite 2 or 3 photographers, and then schedule a time to meet with them in person. If you can't meet with them in person, then I highly recommend talking with them over the phone or Skype.


You are selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked in any way.

Your wedding photographer’s personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. Ultimately it can impact your wedding photography. You will more than likely be working with your wedding photographer for a year, or longer in some cases, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and albums.


While price is always a factor when selecting your West Virginia wedding photographer, it shouldn't be the only thing that matters. All too often we hear horror stories from brides who made the decision to hire a photographer solely based on price. It turns out to be foolish in the end. When its all said and done, your wedding photography will be all you have to remember your wedding day.


What will you do with all your beautiful storytelling images from your wedding photographer? Most people opt to place them in a beautifully designed wedding album that your wedding photographer should provide you with. Don’t underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day. This is your first family heirloom and your one keepsake you will have forever to remember your West Virginia wedding.

When selecting a wedding photographer you should look for an album that best represents you and your new family. Wedding albums come in all shapes and sizes. Questions you should ask your wedding photographer 1) How many pages come in the wedding album? 2) How many images will be in the wedding album? 3) What leather and cover options are available for my wedding album?


Something often overlooked when selecting a wedding photographer is the number of hours that will be offered during the coverage of your West Virginia wedding. Typically you will want your wedding photographer to be with you to document all the moments of your wedding day. After all, that’s what you are hiring them for. That being said, typical coverage requirements for your wedding day should be about 8-10 hours.

Be careful here. Some wedding photographers offer cut-rate prices by offering you less than adequate wedding coverage for your day. These become hidden costs and once you realize it, it’s often too late. Often you end up miscalculating how long your wedding will last resulting in paying hundreds of additional dollars.


How many wedding photographers will be at your event? Most events need at least two wedding photographers. This ensures that your wedding photographer is focused on working with your group and directing the day and allows the second wedding photographer to have coverage going on at the same time.


If you want the very best quality wedding photos with a lot of variety, then ask your photographer to see a complete wedding photographed at your wedding location or a similar location. Anyone can create some good images, but few can create consistently beautiful images. This will give you the opportunity to see they have captured at your location or a similar location along with many images you will receive. A complete wedding of a competent wedding photographer should contain images under varied lighting, with varied artistic style and should all look good.


Some photographers have a cheap base price to lure you in, and then charge extra for everything. Want retouching, that costs extra. Want the high resolution files, that costs extra. Want a pre-wedding planning session, that costs extra. Travel to your wedding costs extra, even when it is close to the photographer’s business location. By the time you add up all the extra costs, the photographer you thought was a good value, might end up costing as much, or more than the better photographer that you loved.

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