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26 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer


Bride and Groom Portrait as Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, CA

Bride and Groom Portrait as Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA

Selecting a wedding photographer is on every bride’s to do list. Considering the fact that there is no shortage of wedding photographers offering their services, it is not an easy task.

Apart from the technical information that might be overwhelming, there are many other questions that a bride might need to get answered before she decides on hiring a certain wedding photographer. Things like, digital images, wedding albums, poses, coverage duration, what to capture and when.

Wedding photography is a service as the floral and venue decoration, DJ and MC, videography and event planning. it requires face to face interaction to interview and select the right professional. But what to ask a wedding photographer in order to determine if it is a right fit or not?

The following list of 26 questions to ask your wedding photographer could help you be prepared and ask the right question. I also explain why each question is important to get answers to and what a good answer would be for each questions.

Brides could use this while preparing for their interviews with wedding photographers. It is by no means a complete list of all the questions but would give you a pretty good starting point.

So let’s start with the first and foremost important questions of all:

1. Do you have my wedding date available?

This is the most important question. You do not want to totally fall in love with a photographer who in the end is already booked on your wedding day! Nothing else matters unless the answer to this question is: Yes. Unless of course, you can convince the photographer to cancel his other wedding and take yours.

This is the very first question you should ask before inquiring any further.

2. What is the cost?

Cost is usually one of the main factors in choosing a wedding photographer. The average cost of a wedding photographer in the USA is $3,700. But it varies depending on your location. Are they really expensive or are their services cheaper than everyone else’s?

If you have questions like those, do not be afraid to ask your wedding photographer. He or she should be able to justify their cost with quality work and plenty of experience. As well as many other factors that ultimately determine the final wedding photography cost. Things like: Do they own a studio or work from their own home? Do they typically bring along an assistant with them to help capture every photo or do they work on their own? Also, be sure to ask if they add mileage to the cost or if travel expenses are included in the original price.

3. What is your photography style?

Like we discussed before, there are different styles of wedding photography. Would you like more contemporary or traditional? Do you want your photos to be very artistic or in a documentary style?

The key is to find a photographer who can match and deliver the style you have in mind. If you are not sure what the styles are or need to see sample images for each style, consider reading Wedding Photography Styles guide I created for my wedding clients.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

4. Are you the actual photographer that will shoot my wedding?

Keep in mind that there are wedding photography companies that hire freelance wedding photographers and book them for their client’s weddings. So the person you have been interviewing and signing the contract might not be the person photographing your wedding.

Find out if you are talking to the right photographer and if not, ask to meet the person who will be your actual photographer. You don’t want to be surprised on your wedding day. Do you?

5. How do you typically work?

Does the photographer like to blend into the background and capture photos as they unfold naturally or does this particular photographer enjoy planning out and choreographing different shots. Does he or she likes to take charge and stay in control, directing everyone and “setting the stage” for the shots?

If that is what you need, then great. You have a match. If your guests and bridal party are easy going party people, having someone who constantly interrupts the flow of your wedding and trying to direct everyone might be a disaster.

6. Can I provide a list of specific shots I would like to get?

Many brides have ideas of poses and shots they would like for their weddings. Unfortunately, not all wedding photographers believe in working from a list of images.  Asking this upfront makes the photographer aware and also shows you how easy going they are to work with.

The middle ground where the photographer reviews the poses you like and he accepts to try to do similar or the same with its own touch of creativity is a win-win situation and works for most couples. As with all the questions: Don’s assume anything. Inquire and validate for piece of mind.

7. Can you provide references from other weddings?

This is a very reasonable question to ask and every established wedding photographer would not have problems providing, you with at least 3-5 past clients you can cross reference. Technical skills are as important as ability to get along with the bride and groom, so you are also looking for a great personality apart from a technically savvy and proficient photographer. Your wedding photographer would be around you and your groom the whole day, so people who already have experienced this can be of great help.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

8. How many hours will you be available on my wedding day?

Ultimately you need the photographer to be available from the start to the end of the coverage hours. If planning getting ready coverage, find out of the photographer is available at that time. Similarly, if planning, cake cutting at 10:00 pm, find out if there is no other appointment the photographer have booked already.

Most wedding photographers would accommodate the entire wedding, but be sure to double check this.

Related: Step By Step Guide For Hiring Wedding Photographer

9. What is your refund or cancellation policy?

Find out what happens if your wedding needs to be rescheduled or canceled. Family emergencies, change of plans. All possible. So how your wedding photographer usually handles this. Most photographers have a clause in their contracts that deals with that, so find out and be clear. It’s like the spare tire in your car. You might never need it, but you would not want not to have one when you get a flat tire on a busy freeway in the middle of the night.

10. Have you photographed at my venue before?

Knowing the venue is a big advantage when it comes to a wedding photographer. Not only one who has photographed before in the same venue as you are considering would be able to navigate the floor plan and would know the best angles, but would also have met and worked with the venue coordinator and staff.

With better knowledge and existing relationships, you can expect less time to be spent figuring things out and more time capturing your wedding day moments.

11. Have you photographed my religious ceremony before?

Every religion (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc)  have specific rituals and meanings. A wedding photographer who is experienced with the religious rituals and ceremonies would be better prepared to anticipate and capture these moments than someone who does it for the very first time.

You can also ask for an example (portfolio images, client’s galleries) to see who these were captured.

12. Do you offer online gallery with my images?

Most wedding photographers require that you purchase a wedding album and charge extra for the digital images from your wedding. So if you decide to purchase the digital images from your wedding and would like to share them with friends and family, imagine all the time you would require to sort through the images, attach to emails and share with everyone.

Some wedding photographers offer online private gallery with their client’s wedding images. This makes it easy to share as simply sharing the web link and password to the gallery. Ask if the wedding photographer you are considering offers this as part of their package.

13. Do you watermark your images?

Many photographers will provide you only with images which have a digital watermark (photographer’s logo) on each image. If you decide to use these images to make yourself a wedding album, this might not be a good option.

So clarify this with your wedding photographer and if there is going to be a watermark, ask how this can be removed. In 99% of the cases, it is a matter of additional fee. As with all other questions: Make sure you are not surprised by an additional fee that you have not planned and cannot afford paying later.

14. Do you release the copyright for the wedding images?

Related: Wedding Photography FAQ by Trifon Anguelov Photography

15. Do you offer a second photographer?

If you plan to have a long wedding (more than 8 hours) or ceremony in a church which doesn’t allow movement during the ceremony whatsoever, or simply would like to have images captured from different angles, having a second wedding photographer working with your primary photographer, it is a very good idea.

Most primary photographers do offer a secondary one, so be sure to clarify this in case you would like to have it.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

16. Have you worked with the second photographer before?

There are wedding photographers who usually don’t use second photographers for whatever reasons. Bringing one for your wedding for the first time might cause awkward situations, miscommunication or conflicts. Something which you definitely not need on your wedding day.

If the wedding photographer you absolutely love usually works alone, it is a good idea to trust his or her professionalism. Forcing a second photographer without clearly having any benefits could do more damage than good.

17. Do you have backup equipment in case of failures?

Photographers use complicated digital cameras, lenses and flashes with electronic components which can fail from time to time. Because you cannot redo your wedding so it can be photographed, having a backup equipment (second camera body, second lens and flashes) is imperative to ensure not moment of your wedding would be missed.

It will not hurt to ask the type of equipment the wedding photographer use as well. Information as camera model and lens model is very useful in determining the quality of the final images. As one cannot expect to race and win NASCAR with a consumer grade compact car, so the professional wedding photographers invest and use professional grade digital equipment.

18. Do you have a liability insurance?

Many venues would not allow a wedding photographer or any vendor on their premises unless they have a valid liability insurance against any damages or loss that can occur on their premises during the wedding. It is not uncommon for a furniture or fixtures to be knocked down or damaged and an insurance is one way to replace them after the accident.

Don’t waste your valuable time interviewing and hiring a wedding photographer who would not be allowed in your venue because of lack of liability insurance.

19. Can I extend my wedding coverage hours?

Weddings get off schedule. In the majority of cases events take longer as planned and it might be that the cake cutting which is usually at the end might be beyond the time you booked your photographer to. So having the flexibility to add extra hours or time to your contract is a piece of mind.

Any reasonable wedding photographer would accommodate their clients. So keep your options open and find out if the photographer doesn’t have anything else booked right after your wedding.

Related: Wedding Tips For Brides From a Wedding Photographer Point of View

20. Do you offer expedited images processing?

If your parents or relatives are so eager to see your wedding images or you are simply one of the “inpatient” types of brides, it is good to find a photographer who can process and deliver the final images faster than his regular 4-5 weeks timeline. Most likely you would have to pay an extra fee for the priority processing, but keep in mind that not every photographer offers this. So better to clarify before hand rather than to assume it will be possible.

Christian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

Christian Wedding at Memorial Church in Stanford, CA

21. Do you offer slideshows with my wedding images?

Very popular lately is to create slideshow from the very best wedding images and share with the couple. Adding music to the slideshow creates a nice video clip which can be shared with friends and family. Asking your wedding photographer for one, is usually a good idea.

22. Can you share an entire day wedding images set?

Reasonable question to give you an idea how much experience the wedding photographer has. The last thing you want is to have a newbie photographer learning on your wedding. Somewhere between 3-6 years of previous experience should give you confidence, although the years of experience is not a 100% guarantee for amazing images. Unfortunately, there are wedding photographers with many years of experience who produce mediocre results. See more in bullet point #26

23. How many weddings you have photographed so far?

Related: How To Avoid Wedding Photography Scams

24. How many weddings you usually photograph per year?

Wedding photography is not only physically demanding but also an emotional drain which over time can impact the photographer’s creativity. A photographer who photographs 40-50 weddings per year might not give 100% of his creativity and energy due to fatigue and “burn out” especially in mid-summer. On the other hand someone who is very selecting on the weddings he or she takes and prioritizes quality over quantity might produce better results.

Focusing on less weddings and putting 100% energy and dedication is what you need. Believe me, 85% is hardly compared to 100%.

25. What is the most favorite part of the wedding you like to photograph?

The answer to this question would open a conversation to help you gauge how much experience the photographer has. Many primary photographers do also second photograph weddings so they will answer to be their favorite whatever they have been doing the most and feel most confident into. You can also understand if the personal preference matches your style expectations.

For example: If you are looking for a photojournalist wedding photographer and you find out that he or she likes posed photos, which are the complete opposite to the candid images you are looking for, there is the conflict. Same as the photographer likes to photograph details as glasses, shoes, rings, your dress, etc while you are looking for outgoing, people’s person to mingle with your guests and engage them for fun photos.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Indian Wedding at Cinnabar Hills in San Jose, CA

26. What do you like about being wedding photographer?

As everything service related, you want to hire a professional who is passionate and love what he or she does. Creativity in photography comes from passion and internal drive to excel. You most likely would like to have someone who will capture your day in the most creative and unique way.

Many “money chasing” wedding photographers do cookie cutter approach and might not go the extra step to meet all your needs. So decide earlier: are you after true professional who is passionate about the art he or she is creating or after the money you are about to pay them.

Conclusion:

To read more real life wedding photography questions and the answers I usually provide to my clients, consider reading Wedding Photography FAQ.

Wedding planning takes time and careful preparation. Being educated if the best preparation you can do before start seriously considering a wedding photographer.

I am sure there might be additional tips you might have, so if you have a tip, any comment or a feedback, feel free to drop me a line or two in the comments section. I would love to hear from you on how you managed find and select your wedding photographer. .

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site

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Romantic Indian Wedding at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, CA


It is always a pleasure to come back to Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, CA for a wedding. The mature oak trees and rolling hills view is unforgettable. I simply love to photograph weddings there especially late afternoon when the sun us settings and providing such a pleasant light. Not to mention the sunsets are simply gorgeous there.

I had the pleasure to capture Trupti and Kedar’s wedding at this venue earlier in the 2015 wedding season. Here is a video highlight:

Both were so much fun to work with and totally rocked the dance floor during the reception. What a difference a well known and capable MC/DJ as DJ Tanveer can make.

Congratulations to the happy couple. Cannot wait to meet them again in the future. For family portraits I hope…

Here is the full wedding story and lot more images from Trupti and Kedar’s wedding day: Romantic Indian Wedding at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, CA

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding Photographer in Mountain View, CA. Many clients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area have entrusted us with capturing their wedding days.

To learn more about the wedding photography services we offer and book a wedding or portrait appointment, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome as a Photographer


Really useful blog article about the pains of growing as a photographer and artist. Photography is a visual art and as with every art, there are doubts, desire to be perfect and have absolute acceptance.

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

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There is an unsettling, nagging worry that accompanies impostor syndrome, that somehow, someday, someone is going to find out that you’re a great big phony.

Impostor syndrome is the pervasive feeling that you’re faking your way through success, and that your achievements are attributable only to good luck. There is an unsettling, nagging worry that accompanies impostor syndrome, that somehow, someday, someone is going to find out that you’re a great big phony. That you’re really not as really good as you’ve cleverly convinced people that you are. That you’re a fraud.

In today’s post, I’ve decided to focus on impostor syndrome in the photography community, but everything herein can be easily extrapolated onto any professional field or any creative pursuit. I’ve collected some thoughts from a few of the I Heart FacesCreative Team; Amandalynn Jones and Julie Rivera, as well as Texas photographer Karyn Kelbaugh

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Using YouTube To Find Wedding Photographers


YouTube Video Sharing Service

YouTube Video Sharing Service

It is no secret, that many people nowadays search and find wedding photographers online. Thanks to Google, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, YouTube and many other online review sites, finding a local photographer is as simple as a click of a button.

Photography portfolios have been for years the way how photographers share their best selections of recent images. It has been the most effective way for their clients to review and get excited about their work and vision. With online portfolio and photo sharing services as Smugmug, Zenfolio (more on Smugmug vs Zenfolio comparison), Square Space, 500px and many others, it is easy to update and share new portfolio images but the use common templates also means that is getting harder for photographers to stand out from the crowd.

Presentation wise of course. Amazing portfolio images with no doubt still trump the presentation as there is nothing better than seeing a visual artist work. Images can tell a story better than thousands words, as someone once said.

Welcome to The New Frontier: Video

So, with so many images shared and available online, how one can search and find the right wedding photographer they are looking for?

One trend which has been in a raise lately is: video slideshows. With the average attention span for a web user shrinking to 2 seconds, according to the latest studies, many wedding and portrait photographers have started to post and promote their work in video slideshows or marketing videos. Blending photos with music and transition effects is just another way to present one’s portfolio. A way that can set a photographer apart from the competition and even boost the chances of being discovered and eventually hired by potential clients.

For years YouTube has been the place to go for videos: It is still the largest online video sharing service and with Google at its back, the second search engine in the world. Uploading and promoting videos is easy, including in HD quality. YouTube also features video channels which are linked with Google+ account, so sharing photos, updates and videos can be done with one single account.

Wedding videographers have used it for ages and now many wedding photographers start to take advantage of it. Which bring us to the main topic: How To Use YouTube To Find Wedding Photographers?

Harness the Power of  YouTube:

All videos on YouTube are searchable by their tags, which makes it easy to search for the type of photography into the location one is looking for. YouTube allows the photographers to specify the video location and keywords as tags when uploading the video, so the video searches can return relevant videos. Views and user likes / dislikes are also tracked so one can easily spot the popular and in most viewed / loved videos.

Once you have the list of videos and found one which you like, check the photographer’s channel for more videos and read the comments on each video. You will be amazed by how much you can learn by reading the feedback others leave in this section. And if you like a particular photographer, consider subscribing to his or her channel to keep up with their work. Weekly emails from Google would summarize all the new videos you have not yet watched.

To see some of examples of wedding slideshows and video, consider subscribing and checking out Trifon Anguelov Photography’s YouTube channel.

And why not checking out videographers, venues, wedding planners, florists, DJs for your wedding too. YouTube has it all.

Another video service similar to YouTube is Vimeo, which offers similar vendor’s videos except the lack of social media (Google+) and photos (Picasa) integration which Google offers. Either way, seeing videos from the photographer you are considering is just another way to be confident you will be hiring the right wedding photographer. The one with amazing images which you absolutely love, creative and experienced to not only capture but present its work in an appealing and exciting way.

Conclusion:

Finding and hiring the right wedding photographer takes time and energy. There are so many photographers to choose from that could be overwhelming to shortlist just few. Using video search in addition to online portfolio review can help with the process. Most successful and quality wedding photographers are on top of their game because of their amazing work and knowledge of how to reach their clients.

Don’t pass on the opportunity to learn more about your wedding photographer by using the power of video and YouTube. For more wedding planning tips and ideas including How To Save Money On Your Wedding, consider reading the rest of the blog articles in our blog.

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA and serving clients in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. To book a wedding or portrait appointment with us, visit our Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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New Domain for My Wedding Blog


wedding bouquet at st cecilia church in san francisco

Wedding bouquet at elegant wedding in St. Cecilia Church in San Francisco, CA

I have great news to share with you. The new sparkling domain name for my wedding photography blog is now active.

It was long overdue but as the traffic to the blog increased over the last year and more and more readers started to find it online, it became necessary to provide an easier to remember and type domain name.

You can bookmark and share the blog’s URL with your friends if you have enjoyed reading it. The new domain name is: http://www.weddingphotographyblogger.com . I hope it is easier to remember than the old one, although both are still valid so you don’t have to change any bookmarks to older posts you already favored.

It has been more than a year since I published my first blog post (or 17 months to be exact) here and I really enjoy sharing knowledge and experience with my readers. Wedding photography is a vast photography niche and there are so many blogs online already but having different points of view and sharing experiences from a different prospective is what makes us better wedding photographers.

There are so many topics and information to be shared, so stick around and come back to read the latest stories. You can also share and recommend the blog to your friends if you think they will benefit from the information here.

I am currently working with clients from the entire San Francisco Bay area as well doing destination weddings to selected locations, so there are a plenty of experience and insights I can share. It makes me happy to hear back from clients who found my blogs online and found it useful, or someone shared with them. The more future brides, grooms, their families or fellow wedding photographers know, the better they will be educated and prepared for their weddings.

Well, that’s all for this week’s announcement. Thank you for reading my blog and feel free to suggest a topic or provide feedback. You can reach me at: info@trifonanguelov.com

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Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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50 Money Saving Ideas for Your Wedding (Part 1)


Wedding Details at Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, San Jose, CA

Wedding Details at Cinnabar Hills Golf Course, San Jose, CA

Weddings suppose to be fun. But ask any bride and you will hear about the frustrations they have experienced while planning their weddings. The reason: Hard to stay on budget.

Only if every bride could have unlimited budget for her wedding to fulfill the dreams of the most spectacular and perfect wedding. Wouldn’t be great to get all a bride might wish for, without having to think about how much would it cost? Not having to make any trade offs.

Sure. It would be great, but the reality is that almost every bride has a wedding budget. Which means hard work is required to plan and have a wedding that stays on budget. So now we know what causes  the frustration many brides have.

As a San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer, I talk to many brides before and after their weddings. The ways how they all approached and solved this problem are different but a common theme emerges: Almost all of them found a way to compromise on one or other item, some on all items, for their wedding. And the most common way I heard over and over was: money saving ideas.

Frankly, bride’s ingenuity is impressive. The creativity deserves to be shared, so here comes the GUIDE! I hope many brides and their families would find it helpful. The following Part 1 of this guide, is the first part I am publishing to present 50 money saving ideas. The rest of the two parts would be published soon so be sure to subscribe to my blog and come back to read the rest of the ideas. If you would like to learn more about the topic, consider reading my other guide: How To Spend Less on Your Wedding

So let’s get started.

1. Get All Inclusive Venue:

Search and pick a wedding venue that has tables, chairs and linens all included into their price. This way you don’t have to rent these from another company. Prices for all inclusive venues is much cheaper than renting the venue and the chairs, linen and tables separately.

2. Spend Less on Shoes:

You can find cheap wedding shoes instead of going for high-end designer shoes. Chances are not so many people would see them anyway under your long wedding dress. Apart from saving ton of money, picking shoes which are more comfortable to wear would also save you from sore feet and blisters at the end of the wedding day.

3. Skip The Garter & Bouquet Toss:

Gone are the days when people believed in getting a piece of the wedding dress would bring them good luck. It was popular in the 14th century, but in today’s 21th century many couples choose to skip this part and save money. Both are basically throw away money.

 

Wedding Decoration at San Mateo, CA

Wedding Decoration at San Mateo, CA

 

4. Borrow a Veil:

Have a friend who got married recently. Ask her if you can borrow the veil for her wedding. Many would be happy to let you use it for a day and would even offer you once you share the big news with them. Don’t be shy. Ask around.

5. Shop Aboard:

Next time you visit Mexico or other foreign destination, check out anything you might need for your wedding. Shoes are less expensive there, so why not combine fun (vacation) with saving money. Store the shoes in your closet until your wedding and use the cash you would save on your honey moon vacation.

6. Save on Taxes:

Many wedding items can be bough online from states which don’t collect sales tax. Every dollar counts, so look online for deals that would save you money. Minnesota does not tax clothes, while in California you are expected to pay up to 9.5% sales tax. If you wedding dress costs $1,000 for example, this is $95 for you to keep.

7. Be Your Own Florist:

Using seasonal flowers and ribbons for a hand-tied bouquets will reduce your floral arrangements bill. Lots of ideas online, plus any craft store in your area would have the materials. Recruit someone crafty to help you with this or do it your self on the day before the wedding. You will be surprised how easy it is.

8. Use Flowers Wisely:

Feel like killing fresh flowers by trowing them around is a waste of money. You don’t have to and would save you money if you use fake flowers to make your bouquets. Fresh flowers from your local grocery store can still decorate your tables and cake.

 

Wedding Desert at Saratoga Country Club, Saratoga, CA

Wedding Desert at Saratoga Country Club, Saratoga, CA

 

9. Trim The Guests List:

A seat and meal for every single guest on your wedding costs your money. So be smart and practical. Cutting down your guest list to your immediate family and close friends would make your wedding more intimate. Not to mention the savings you would get. This is by far the biggest saving you can get for your wedding as accommodating, entertaining and  providing meals for your guests is the largest expense you would have.

10. Tie The Knot Off-Season:

Many wedding venues are in high demand and command higher prices during the wedding season (June – September). Having an off season wedding off season translates into immediate and significant savings. Venue prices are up to 50% cheaper off season compared to the pick time of the wedding season. On a $10,000 venue, this is up to $5,000 of savings.

11. Buy and Resell Instead of Renting:

Renting linens, centerpieces, flatware, plates, paper lanterns and lighting, and spotlights for uplightingcan cost cost you lots of money which you will never get back. Some brides buy all these for a reasonable price and then resell them to revover most of the value. It will save you lots of money which you would otherwise be giving to the leasing company. Buy and resell, instead of renting everything.

12. Skip The Extra Fees:

Many stores would have an extra “convenience” or “delivery” fees. Be careful and plan ahead as this is just another way these stores are making extra money from you.  If your wedding cake store adds a delivery fee for just few miles from your venue, opt to pick it up by yourself and save on these fees.

13. Skip The Limo Drive Home:

If you must have a limo to bring you to the ceremony and to the reception venue, consider skipping the pick up from the reception to your home. The limo service charges by the hour, so one more trip would cost you more. How hard would be you and your husband to get ride home but your friends or designated drives.

14. Simplify Your Invitations:

Skip the extra ribbons, belly bands or anything excessive in your invites. This just adds extra weight which means more postage to mail them. For a 200+ person wedding, this extra postage you have to buy adds up quickly. Settle down on a simple invitation only.

15. Make it Simple Rehearsal Dinner:

If you must have a rehearsal dinner (many couples choose not to and rather save the money for as well), consider ordering pizzas instead of catered meal. Save your money for the wedding day meal instead.

 

Bridal shoes at intimate DIY wedding in Benicia, CA

Bridal shoes at intimate DIY wedding in Benicia, CA

 

16. Consider Used Wedding Dress:

Instead of buying a new dress consider getting your dresses at a wedding consignment store. You can find a quality dress which can be cleaned and altered to fit you perfectly for almost 1/3 of the original price. Look around and see what’s available in your area before you visiting a bridal dresses store.

17. Choose Non Bridal Salon For Your Dress Alteration:

If your wedding dress needs alterations, look for an independent seamstress instead of a specialized bridal salon. In most cases they would do the alteration for less money than a specialized bridal dress store. Remember, all specialized bridal stores overcharge for their services, just because they can and there is so much demand. Be smart  shopper and save your money for what matters more to you.

Conclusion:

This is the end of Part 1 of the 50 Money Saving Ideas for Your Wedding guide. I will be post the remaining two parts to complete the overview of all 50 ideas. You can access the rest of the parts, from the links I will post in each guide (yet to come…). Consider reading this guide, for additional ideas on Wedding Tips for Brides From Photographer’s Point of View.

Weddings are expensive and takes a lots of efforts and planning to have the perfect one. There are simple tips that could help you to stay within your budget. Most of these tips were collected by talking to brides about the ways they saved money on their wedding and how they managed to stay within their budgets. I am sure there are so many other ways, so if you have a tip, any comment or a feedback, feel free to drop me a line or two into the comments section. I would love to hear from you on how you managed your wedding budget.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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How To Reclaim Disk Space in Adobe Lightroom


adobe lightroom digital editing software One of the most used management and editing software for digital images is Adobe Lightroom. Surpassing Apple’s Aperture, ACDSee Pro and PaintShop Pro competitive products, it gained popularity for its easy to use interface, intuitive controls and features rich capabilities. Some even consider it, Photoshop trimmed and affordable version.

Lightroom allows professional photographers and almost everyone to import, catalog, edit, print and share their digital images. For the purpose of this article, I will focus just one capability of Lightroom: cataloging and organizing of digital images. Lightroom catalog contains an index of all digital files imported and organized into the catalog by adding tags, flags or collections.

One of the problems when working with Lightroom catalogs is that when files are deleted from the catalog, they might not always be deleted from the hard drives or disk storage. In other words, the RAW files already imported into Lightroom catalog can remain on your hard drives and only the Lightroom catalog (think of it as index or a pointer to the files) can be updated. This leads to wasted space and digital images hard to determine if they are part of the live catalog and therefore should be archives and retained.

Sounds like a thing we should be aware and fix. But before I give you the solution to the problem, let’s first understand the problem so we can prevent it in the future.

So, how all this happens:

It all starts with the delete images dialog in Lightroom. When you select images in Lightroom and hit the Backspace buttona dialog window would pop up with two options:

  • Delete from Disk
  • Remove from Lightroom
Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

The first option would remove the photos from your computer hard drive and also would remove them from your Lightroom catalog. This is the best and preferred method to remove photos from Lightroom. However this is not the default option in the delete dialog and many times when a hurry, one can chose the second default option.

The second option, simply removed the pointers for the photos from Ligthroom catalog while leaving on the files untouched on your hard drive. It is the safest option and it is default because it can do less damage if executed by mistake. But unfortunately, the user might not even realize he is only updating Lightroom catalog and not delete the photos.

So next time your hard drives fill up at 95% or more, check if any orphan files are at fault before forking over more cash to upgrade your drives. The solution might be easier and less costly than you think.

As with every destructive action you take on your computer, a work of caution is advised. Please, make sure you have backup and double check the files you have selected. WARNING: the steps below, would delete photos from your computer permanently!

1. Check The Current Space Usage:

First thing first. We need to measure how much space we reclaimed so go ahead and check how much storage Lightroom uses for your photos now. If you use Windows OS, navigate to the folder, right click and click on Properties. You will see the total storage used by all files in this folder. For Mac and OSX, once you navigate to the directory, hit Cmd+I keys or right click and click on Get Info option.

 

Check  used disk space by photos

Check used disk space by photos

 

2. Navigate to Your Images Library:

In Lightroom, click G button to go to Library mode and select the top level folder which contains all your images. If your photos are stored under multiple drives or folders, repeat the steps starting from Step #3 till Step #6 below for each hard drive or directory.

3. Synchronize the Library Folder:

Now that you are in the Library mode and in the folder where Lightroom thinks all yout photos are, go ahead and right click on the folder and pick Synchronize Folder menu option. Lightroom will visit the folder you selected and will check if all files in this folder already exist in its catalog. If any discrepancies are found, Lightroom would update its records. For large number of files this might take a while, so be patient. Grab a coffee or a snack while you wait to update.  The wait would be worth it. Lightroom after crunching the numbers would show you how may files in the folder doesn’t exist in the catalog and therefore can be deleted.

 

Sync catalog  in Adobe Lightroom

Sync catalog in Adobe Lightroom

Confirm the catalog  sync in Adobe Lightroom

Confirm the catalog sync in Adobe Lightroom

 

4. Import All New Photos:

Now that we found which orphant files we need to deal with, let’s take some action. First, we will import these into Lightroom so we can delete them later. Go ahead and click on Synchronize button and Lightroom would import all the orphan files into its current catalog. And not to make things confusing, but you will have two options: Add and Copy. You need to select Add option as the files already exist and all we need to do is to add them to the catalog. If you select Copy, Lightroom would try to copy the files in addition to additing to its catalog.

And here is the option Lightroom gives us to deal with this files. Every time you import files into Lightroom, it created new view called Previous Import into the Catalog panel, so we would have the list and preview of all orphan images available to us. I can almost see the sparkles if your eyes. We can then go ahead and do what we have not done before. Delete instead of Remove these files and get rid of them forever.

5. Delete The Orphan Files:

Please, go ahead and scroll through the images in the film strip to make sure none of these images is something you actually need. CAUTION: The files you select would be deleted forever, so if you think you need any of them, backup before proceeding with the next step.

Now go ahead and select all pictures from Previous Import, hit the Backspace which is the shortcut of deleting images in Lightroom and click on Delete from Disk option. Lightroom will now delete the photos from the hard drive and also from its catalog. If you make a mistake, not to worry, go to your recycle bin, restore the deleted files to their original locations and import them back into your Lightroom catalog.

 

Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

Delete photos from Adobe Lightroom catalog

 

6. Check The Disk Cleanup Savings:

Now that we have actually asked Lightroom to delete the orphan files and Ligthroom did such a great job, it it time to check the space savings. First, go ahead and empty your Trash (OSX) or Recicle bin (Windows). Then check the disk spaces used by the same folder you started working on. If you have photos to delete in Step #5, then you should be able to see less space used.

7. Backup Your Photos:

Last step. Take a fresh backup of the remaining files on the hard drive you just cleaned and if you backup this drive to second or third hard drive, you can not go ahead and sync them up so you have the disk savings on the backup drives too.

Conclusion:

Archiving and maintaining client’s digital files is part of every photographer’s workflow. Although the price for disk storage has declined significantly for the last 5 years, it still makes sense to maintain your Lightroom catalog and digital files archive and keep it well organized and clean. Smaller volume of digital files makes it easy to archive and restore, it also frees up space for new images. And we all know how much images a wedding photographer can bring home after each wedding. So be smart and keep your hard drives clutter free.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site