RP Tip #2: Determining worth in a saturated photographic market.

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After retaining our services our clients sometimes provide us with feedback in their search to find the right photographer. Many will say “It is over whelming as there is such a price difference. Knowing what to look for can be so hard. I knew I wanted to have great photos, but I also knew what I could afford. I wanted to know that I was getting not only a great photographer, but a good value for what I am paying, and I found that.”

Many things need to be taken into consideration when shopping for your photographer. It can be quite dangerous when your memories are dependant upon price alone. I always tell our potential clients that “What is most important about finding the right photographer is not about shopping for a great rate, but rather looking at what is included in the rate and what services are you truly paying for.” Find out how they operate and what they feel sets them apart. Any good photographer is current in their market and should know what sets them apart. Ask them, you just may be inspired!

Some things can explain the cost of a well established, dedicated and experienced photographer. Do the images look finished? Taking the shot is only part of the job. What has your experience been when communicating with them? Are they prompt, courteous, and responsive to your needs? After all, it is a service that you are paying for and you will have to deal with them throughout the planning process. Knowing that you are going to get a prompt response when you need it can be very reassuring. People skills are also important as well. Your over all experience with your photographer will be based on these main principles because all of them play a vital role in how the whole communication process of your planning will be when dealing with the vendor, just because he/she is a great photographer is no excuse to not be prompt, you are paying for a service not just for the day of service.

Photography in general is one of those markets where you truly get what you pay for. Art is not cheap although replicas can be found. You alone determine the worth of your memories. Photographs will vary and no two photographers will be the same when it comes to the eye, and the creative process. So as you can see, there is much more then just price to consider when determing who will photograph your special day.

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