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Your wedding day is a whirlwind of activity and emotion. When you hire a photographer, you’re trusting his watchful eye will beautifully capture all the moments of your experience.

But talent is only part of the picture. It’s just as important to have someone who is focused on your best interests and who can work right alongside you and keep stress to a minimum.

Here are some things I think are important:

Keep the negatives. Always, no exceptions, and at no extra cost.

FILM vs. DIGITAL — We believe you should always shoot on film, as the end results are always of a much higher quality. However, we also understand that digital photography is important, so we give you both photo negatives and CDs.

Don’t be forced into a package. Every wedding is unique and no one knows what you want better than you.

Find out who will be there. I shoot your wedding-not my assistant-start to finish.

I can travel to where you want to have your wedding-nationally.

Genuinely like the photographer. Nice is as important as talented when you’re spending 8-plus hours with somebody.

Make sure he’s available after the wedding, too. The photographer can be a great help when you’re looking at proofs.

Don’t pay more for black & white. The difference between it and color film is only about a dollar per role.

Don’t hire by the hour. If you set no time limit, the slower he goes the more he makes. If you do, you’ll be rushing to get your pictures taken.

Get a complete list of costs up front. Weddings are expensive enough, this is no time for surprises.

Don’t feel pressure to buy an album. You’re hiring the photographer for his skills, not his merchandise.

Don’t pay extra for travel within reason.

Ask about equipment. The best photographers use a variety.

Beware of square proofs. It’s an indication that a photographer’s equipment is out of date.

Ask for references. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

In fact, ask any question at all. No matter how small. Questions are important. You haven’t done this before, so no question can be too small or stupid.

Serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area for Wedding Photography and Videography. You get the best of both worlds utilizing both film and digital. Everything from your wedding day and engagement poses to the best man’s toast…

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These days, brides are all about saving money, but you dont have to scrimp on having a fabulous wedding! Weve got stylish cost saving ideas for your ceremony, reception, and even your venue! We see how top designers are creating gowns to fit brides with all budgets, and Colin Cowie shares tips for saving money at your cocktail hour

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Your wedding is very important.

Planning. Time. Money.

SO NOTHING SHOULD GO WRONG.

Here are some points we think are important…

FILM VS. DIGITAL
We believe you should always shoot on film, as the end results are always of a much higher quality. However, we also understand that digital photography is important, so we give you high quality negatives, prints and CDs.

Within two weeks after your wedding, we will give you the negatives, proofs and CDs. There is no 1 year waiting period and no extra charge for the negatives!

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KEEP YOUR NEGATIVES?
You can make all of the prints you want, for whomever you want, like friends, parents, grandparents, etc. And you will know the price you are paying for prints is not overinflated!

One of us may relocate! If you have your negatives, you will always be able to make prints, no matter where you are.

It is your wedding and they are your negatives! You are paying for them. There should be no extra charge. Make sure you keep them.

You should keep the prints, negatives and CDs. Always. No exceptions. No extra cost!

We shoot your wedding, not our assistants. Make sure the person you hire will be the person who actually turns up to shoot your whole wedding, start to finish. And as always, there is no hourly charge.

Make sure you like the photographer, not just their work. You’ll spend 8 to 10 hours with that person. A brilliant photographer doesn’t mean a nice person.

Make sure you know all costs up front.

Ask for references or brides the photographer has worked with.

Make sure your photographer and videographer will be available to you after the wedding, as well as before.

Ask us any question at all. No matter how small. Questions are important. You haven’t done this before, so no question can be too small or stupid. Don’t hesitate to call or email us with questions!

DON’T…
Don’t pay more for black and white, color, sepia tone, sloppy border or any effects. There is no cost difference.

Don’t get bullied into a package! We don’t do packages and have never understood how 2 or 3 packages could suit hundreds of different couples. Every wedding is different and unique and should be treated that way.

Don’t hire someone by the hour. Why would they want to get your wedding done in the alloted time, when they can make more money by going slowly? Do you want to rush to get all of your photos taken because you only have a 5-hour package?

Don’t pay extra for travel, within reason.

Don’t be afraid to ask what type of equipment the photographer and videographer will use for your wedding. The best photographers use a variety of equipment.

Don’t get pushed into buying an album. There are many choices out there and we prefer to have our album suppliers assist you in your decision. We can accommodate anything from magazine style to traditional.

Serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area for Wedding Photography and Videography. You get the best of both worlds utilizing both film and digital. Everything from your wedding day and engagement poses to the best man’s toast…

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Wedding cost saving tips from GroomGroove.com. How to save money in planning your wedding.

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