Weddings are important events in people’s lives. More often than not, they are also expensive, if not the most expensive events in people’s lives. Some people save for a long time just for them to bring their dream wedding visions into reality and why not; after all, it’s a once in a lifetime event. That’s where a lot of people are having an issue with – the cost. In all seriousness and looking into the practicality of it all, it is really necessary? The wedding photography section of the costs in particular can amount to a small king’s ransom if the bride and groom are not willing to shop around and check out some other alternative options that may already be readily available for them but just have not gotten into analytically looking into them or looking for them.
Alternative wedding photography options may sound kind of scary at first. “Why risk it?” some people might ask. It is an event that should be remembered several years down the road, an entire lifetime down the road, for that matter. Why risk it and why attempt to cut the costs on it? The thing is, the risks can always be mitigated. It is all about finding all of the right options that will not put the quality of the service in jeopardy.
Price and Quality
Professional wedding photographers with established names in the industry come with a high price, there is just no way around it. The price comes along with the reputation of how good the quality of their works is. When it all comes down to it though, couples are more likely paying more for the established name and reputation more than anything else. This is the right time to get smart and at least consider the options.
Couples may go for photography students who haven’t really made their marks yet in the business world of photography. It is a no-brainer that they are quite talented and some may have even apprenticed for a famous professional photographer or two. They also charge quite low and haggling is open game. After all, they’re just students. They have had the formal training and staying with the course means that they would have to stick to a strict scheduled curriculum and more often than not, they are probably more technical than the others out there just for the mere fact that they are still actively involved with the academe.
Call in a favor
Another alternative option would be to call in a favor from a photographer friend. This may sound kind of opportunistic but if you’re really good friends with a talented photographer, amateur or professional; there is no reason why you can’t call in a favor which you can repay in the form of a nice token of appreciation or a fraction of what it would have caused you to hire an actual legitimate professional photographer.
The downside in all this is that you cannot absolutely ensure the quality of the finished photos nor are you in any position to whine or make demands if the results do not turn out just as what you have expected them to be. But hey, this is life and life is all about compromises, right?