Wedding panorama portrait at the Scansonia Ferry.
The wedding of Kelly and Shaun, Skansonia Ferry, 2008

Seattle Wedding Photography

Daniel Sheehan is a Seattle wedding photographer. His Seattle wedding photography is created in an artistic, editorial fashion with classic photojournalism style. He photographs weddings using a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach and creates artistic documentary wedding photojournalism. Photograph above by Seattle Editorial Photographer and Seattle corporate photographer Daniel Sheehan. In addition to weddings, Daniel specializes in photojournalism for publications and corporations and is a Seattle portrait photographer. Visit his child portrait photographer and family portrait photographer website called Great Kid Pix.

Tips to Finding An Affordable Seattle Wedding Photographer

Whether you are planning to spend a large portion of your budget on Seattle wedding photography or you are attempting to keep the Seattle wedding photography budget on the low side, this guide will help you make some decisions. In this first part I want to focus on the budget conscious bride and groom. My next post will deal with what to look for if your Seattle wedding photography budget allows you to go beyond the basics.

Many brides study the Seattle wedding photographers websites and wedding photographers magazines to get as much information as they can before approaching a Wedding photographer. They often put together a long list of questions that are thought to be helpful. Most Seattle wedding photographers will be able to answer all of them making it not so easy to pick the right one.

The first thing to remember when you contact a Seattle wedding photographer is to ask him about their style of photography and talk a little about the images before you get around to asking about the price. The last thing you want to do is start out asking how much do you charge and then book a photographer strictly on what he charges. You will make him more interested in dealing with you as well. If they think that you are familiar with their work and are interested in it, they may even be more flexible in negotiating their fee downwards for you when you ask them to do so because of the tight economy.

Not every cheap Seattle wedding photographer is bad but if you are a on a tight budget, as so many brides are this year, be aware that finding a really good Seattle wedding photographer who will give you what you want for less than $1,500 -$1,800 requires that you really do your homework beforehand, have a great deal of luck and be prepared to compromise on any of the extras you might be thinking about.

Lets say you want to get at a minimum, a Seattle wedding photographer who will give you at least six hours of coverage and all of the images on a disc with a release of copyright so you can go and get your own prints made yourself at a cheap lab. This is will be a quest but doable if you keep a sharp eye out.

One of the next questions to ask when you meet with a prospective photographer who is offering to work in that price range is how long they have been shooting weddings. If they have a website or show you a portfolio consisting of at best average photos and claim to have shot more than 100 weddings over the past five years an alarm bell should be going off in you head.

The next step is asking them to see a web gallery or proof book of all the photos from just one wedding. If they refuse or are reluctant to produce one, then you have a good reason to move on to the next photographer on your list.

Any photographer with that much experience should be confident enough to show you all of the photos from a recent wedding if you ask, not just a few select shots from a number of different weddings. See what they say when you ask to see a proof book or disc of a whole wedding. If they produce one for you and it is full of great images then you have found the right Seattle wedding photographer.

If the Seattle wedding photos are not that great, just kind of average looking, you might still want to book with them. If they are young, they may just be starting out, are getting better with every wedding and are charging a budget price to get more experience. Maybe they are doing it part time or are still attending school and are learning photography. This is probably the best-case scenario for a budget photographer. Perhaps they have assisted someone a number of times and now feel confident to go out on their own. They just might be able to give you what you are looking for at a low price.

The ones to avoid in this price range are the Seattle wedding photographers who will show you lots of albums and proof books and have been working professionally for quite a long time, and all of their work looks average to poor quality. They will surely produce the same quality of images for you if you hire them. And you will deserve what you get if you do hire someone just on price. There is an old quote by John Ruskin, a British art critic author, poet and artist that I am reminded of; “I have no quarrel with the man whose prices are lower, for he knows better than anyone else in the world what his product is worth.”