Hiring the Perfect Photographer

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Hire Extra Help

If you have a large wedding party, a photographer's assistant may be worth the extra cash. He or she will organize the shots, fix your train, and hold backup equipment so the photographer can snap shots more easily and quickly. "Weddings are so hectic, and one person can't be in all places at all times," Sattler says. "If you get two photographers, you have two different perspectives on the wedding, two people capturing the details. Nothing is lost."

Check References

Your potential picture-taker should have a list of former clients. Call a few to see how satisfied they were with their pictures.

Handle the Nitty-Gritty

Find out about the payment plan, how many proofs you'll get, how much time they'll spend shooting at your wedding, and what packages they offer. Be sure you get everything in writing, in your contract.

Remember That Photos are a Worthwhile Investment

"Pictures appreciate in value," says Pfeiffer. "As time goes on, you forget things, and pictures are the only record you'll have.

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