When it comes to wedding photos, you only have one chance to get them right—a key reason to leave this work to a pro, not a snap-happy friend. Top professionals work with equally top-notch equipment. They’re everywhere, not missing a moment, capturing the magic of your day… which is why their fees are lofty.
1. Ask about price breaks if you’re having your wedding in slower months such as November, February or March, or if your wedding falls on a Thursday or Sunday night. The pros we spoke to tell us to expect between 10 and 20 percent savings.
2. Hire local talent. Most photo and video professionals base part of their fees on travel time to, from and in between locations, but, if asked, will often grant discounts if you’re having your wedding and reception in the same location, or if your sites are close to one another.
3. Don’t skimp on fees or food by eliminating photo assistants. These key technicians help set up the lighting and sound so the photographer can spend her precious time shooting you.
4. Ask about discounts based on referrals.
If a friend books a photographer or videographer based on seeing initial proofs or footage from your wedding, many pros will knock as much as $500 off your final payment.
5. Always mention who referred you. As a statistic told, it is a chance to always mention on this and can easily got on special discount.
Did You Know: In Malaysia, average costs can be as high as RM1500 to RM4000 for a photographer’s time, with added albums, prints and slideshows bringing that total up to more than RM5000