If you’re engaged and planning a wedding, photography is one of the biggest items on your list of to-dos. This is for two reasons: It’s one of the most expensive and most important items needed for your special day. The cost of a photographer can range from $800 to $8,000+, but if you don’t have one, you miss out on flipping through memory lane in the future to remember the special day (you planned so extensively for).

Here are five tips to make sure your wedding photography suits your needs and is checked off your “to-do” list.

  1. Do your research on pricing.
    Many photographers don’t state their pricing online, so make sure you do your research by asking for and comparing pricing from a variety of photographers. Also, there are plenty of college students interested in photography and the arts. Fortunately, since they are just starting and don’t have a lot on their resume, they may photograph special events for a low price to gain more experience and build their portfolios. This can be risky, of course, so you want to make sure the photos the student has taken so far are good quality. Nearby Irem Clubhouse is Misericordia University, which can be a great resource for couples looking for this opportunity.
  2. Ask to see their portfolio, and make sure you like their style.
    No two photographers are the same. Photographers have different styles and different methods for taking photos. When you are seriously considering a photographer, ask to see his or her portfolio or view his or her social media accounts or website to gain a feel for their style. Are they more artistic with their shots? Are the photos dark and moody or more light and airy? Make sure the style is what you like. If you have ideas for shots that you don’t see implemented in their past work, don’t be afraid to ask whether they would be able to take the types of shots you would like.
  3. Make a list of the ideas you have for your wedding photo shots.
    Photographers have their own list of shots they typically do with couples, but you should write your own list, so they know exactly what you would like them to document. Make sure to include which events you want photographed, as you may want photos of your bridal party getting ready in the morning, as well. If you are having an outdoor wedding ceremony (like at Irem Clubhouse), keep the time of day in mind, as the amount of light will affect how the photos are taken and how they may turn out. Some great and popular backdrops for an Irem Clubhouse wedding include the building’s beautiful stonework, apple trees and golf cart path. Inside the ballroom, large windows allow a lot of natural light into the room, delighting many photographers. Mountains, open sky and long stretches of well-manicured golf course can be seen in the background of your photos as well, making Irem Clubhouse the perfect picturesque setting!
  4. Don’t stress about the photography on your wedding day!
    By this time, you’ve got the details and the timeline for the day all ironed out, so don’t worry about it anymore! This is your day, and documenting those memories is the photographer’s job. All you have to think about it getting ready and walking down that aisle. At Irem Clubhouse, staff aid photographers with whatever questions they may have.

When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer, knowing what to look for, combined with an ideal location, will make your decision a piece of (wedding) cake.