Are you getting married in the Metro Atlanta area? Who will be your Atlanta photographer at your wedding ceremony?
Husband & Wife Team and Atlanta Wedding Photographers Peter & Karen Tögel offers Atlanta brides the very best in Atlanta wedding photography.
Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for an Atlanta wedding photographer or for Atlanta photography studios:
When selecting an Atlanta wedding photographer, you are selecting more than just a professional wedding photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked or discounted in any way. Only a few professional photographers will take the time and offer you wedding planning tools and the support you need for your wedding planning. Yes, your Atlanta wedding photographer’s personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. Ultimately it can impact your wedding photography altogether. You will more than likely be working with your wedding photographer for a year, or longer in some cases, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and albums.
Don’t create a wedding budget without doing a little bit of research. The average couple budgets between $2,500-$4,000 for their wedding day photography. A budget like this gives most couples an average package. They will receive full wedding day coverage but rarely extras like bridal sessions, engagement sessions, albums or wall art. If you want an above average package, you have to expect to pay an above average price. While price is always a factor when selecting your wedding photographer, it should not be the only thing that matters to you. All too often we hear horror stories from brides who made a decision for their wedding photography based purely on price. Making a decision purely on price usually turns out to be foolish in the end. When your wedding is all said and done, your wedding photography will be all you have to remember your wedding day. After all, you get what you pay for. So for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding day, hiring someone with experience will provide you with not only stunning images but peace of mind that you made the right choice.
Does your Atlanta photographer focus on wedding photography? We hear even more horror stories from wedding planners that couples picked "package deals" from companies that offer everything (venue, DJs, lighting, photography and videography) all in one package just to learn that they regret their decision later. While this sounds good, most couples learn what the figure of speech "Jack of all trades, master of none" means. Also, keep in mind that not everybody uses professional photography equipment and comes with professional backup equipment. While you might not notice a quality difference on small images on the internet or social media, you will notice the difference once you ask for bigger prints for your wall art. Anything smaller than a full-frame sensor camera is not the quality you need for a lifetime of memories.
Editing & Retouching
While you will get the best hair and makeup for your day, there will be moments where your wedding photographers will need to do some retouching. As most photographers say that all files will be fully edited, do you know what kind of edits they will offer within the wedding photography package? Are you comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges? Ask them if they will do master edits that include facial glare removal, hair changes, skin smoothing, facial and/or body slimming, head swaps, opening eyes, retouching scars, extending the backgrounds,... And let them show you some of the edits they did for albums and wall art. You will be amazed about the difference in quality!
What will you do with all your images from your photographer? Most people choose to place them in a beautifully designed wedding album that your wedding photographer should provide you with. Don’t underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day. A premium album will outlast CDs, DVDs and USB-Thumbdrives! In a few years from now, you will not even be able to load electronic media most photographers offer you!
This is your first family heirloom and your one keepsake you will have forever to remember your Atlanta wedding. When selecting an Atlanta wedding photographer you should look for an album that best represents you and your new family. And don't forget, albums come in all qualities, shapes and sizes.
Questions you should ask your photographer:
- How many full-frame cameras will you use at our wedding?
- Do you provide press-printed albums or photographic printed albums?
- Who is designing your album?
- Are the albums provide lay-flat binding?
- Do the albums offer a no-cut center?
- What kind of warranty do you offer for the albums?
- How many pages come in the wedding album?
- How many images will be in the wedding album?
- What album and cover options are available for my wedding album?
- How long is your average turnaround for us to receive our wedding album?
Something often overlooked when selecting an Atlanta wedding photographer is the number of hours that will be offered during the coverage of your Atlanta wedding. Typically you will want your wedding photographer to be with you to document all the moments of your wedding day. After all, that’s what you are hiring your wedding photographer for. That being said, typical coverage requirements for your wedding day should be about 8 hours. Be careful here. Some Atlanta wedding photographers offer cut-rate prices by offering you less than adequate wedding coverage for your day. These become hidden costs and once you realize it, it’s often too late. Professional wedding photographers will help you with your timeline planning so you will have adequate coverage without surprises. Also – don't forget to ask them if travel is included in their quote!
Number of Photographers
How many Atlanta wedding photographers will be at your event? Most wedding events need at least two wedding photographers! This ensures that your wedding photographer is focused on working with your group and directing the day and allows the second wedding photographer to have coverage going on at the same time. We believe that by having husband and wife wedding photographer teams at your Atlanta wedding, your wedding photography needs can best be met all while ensuring that nothing gets missed from your big day.
Reviews & Awards
Did you read the reviews of your Atlanta wedding photographers? Did they create award winning images in the past? If you book photographers for your Atlanta wedding that have great reviews and awards, you will receive great wedding memories that will last for generations to come.
For more information about Peter Tögel Photography, please visit www.petertogel.com or call (800) 864-2697.