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Shutterbug ShenanigansA good photographer is a key element in making sure that this once in a lifetime occasion is captured in all its glory.

Remember leafing through your parents’ wedding album? You probably squealed with delight when you saw your parents all excited and bright-eyed, and your grandma and grandpa all dressed to the nines, looking unbelievably young and smiling nervously at the camera. You treasure those pictures and love the moments that they have captured for eternity.

So why is it that the most important person at the wedding is almost always forgotten until the last minute?

Yes, we’re talking about none other than the photographer, the person who will be in charge of how the world remembers this very special day forever.

Photographers are an essential part of any wedding but are often taken for granted in the ongoing melee that most weddings end up as. To ensure that you get the best out of your photographer try and take the pains to select the right one well before the wedding day. Check out his/her portfolio or careful scrutinize the wedding snaps of the person who is recommending the photographer. This will give you an idea of the quality of their work. Look at two or three people at the very least until you find one that suits your budget and taste.

Trying to scrimp on the cost of hiring a professional by asking an amateur to do it can be a costly mistake - your best friend’s brother’s cousin is not the best person to be capturing precious memories that you want preserved for a lifetime.

DO not haggle with your photographer about the price. You can ask him/her to reduce it a little if it seems too steep but haggling will only serve to annoy the photographer. If she does disgruntledly settle for a low price, She may do a less than satisfactory job by compromising on quality.

Once you have appointed a photographer, take him/her to the venue where the wedding ceremony and the reception will be held so that they can have a good idea of what lighting will be required for the big day. Inform them of the time of both functions for the same reasons. Discuss the colors of the groom’s and bride’s attire as well as the back drop. This will avoid colors clashing in the pictures.

Introduce him/her to all the members of your family so that she gets familiar with their names and how important they are to you. This way he will make sure not to leave them out of any pictures on the important day.

On the other hand ask your relatives and friends to treat the photographer with consideration and respect, she is there as a professional doing his/her job not as a hired laborer to be ordered around.

A couple of days before the wedding, ask the photographer to do a test shoot with all your make-up and bridal finery. This ensures that you don’t end up looking chalky on the main day because of too much powder or tired and oily-faced because of too little.

Ask him/her to also click some black and white snaps on the big day, they will make for classic shots that are worth the little extra money they will cost.

It is highly recommended that you insist on manual prints. These are the ones that take longer to be printed but last a lifetime. They also give you a better result in terms of color quality since the colors of your clothes will not alter in manual printing. Insist on a contact sheet (a sheet that is normally 8 inches by 10 inches in size with all the photographs in a roll printed the size of the negative, i.e. 24×36mm, to facilitate selection of final prints) before you mark out the enlargements. This is one chance for you to actually save money.

Depending on the time available at your disposal, see if a rehearsal is possible. Have all the members pose for a photograph. This will give the photographer an idea about the positioning of all the members and save time on every photograph she shoots. Also, find out if the photographer with whom you fix up the wedding would come or would it be somebody working under him who would undertake the task. Make yourself clear and be firm that you do not want an understudy shooting the wedding.

Whatever you do, don’t restrict the photographer to just 4-5 rolls of film. Let him shoot. For every thirty shots she take five are usually perfect. Bear a bit of wastage. You are bearing a lot of it even without a photographer. The flowers, the decoration and food will soon be forgotten, but the photographs will be seen over and over.

Take care of the pictures once they are in your hands. A sturdy and attractive album is a good investment and it is now possible to even get them made to your specifications.

This will house the precious memories to be cherished for a lifetime.

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