| Originally Posted by kerryjbrown |
This is a great question for us all to consider as we choose our photographer. For me, I have a few requirements:
-2 photographers, to capture it all from multiple viewpoints
-not to be killed on price for buying additional albums as I have 4 seperate parents to buy parent books for.
Having two Photographers is something that a lot of people don't put a lot of thought into up front. But it can be very difficult to shoot a wedding ceremony by yourself. Having two Photographers allows you to get many more angles of different parts of the ceremony. When I shoot a small ceremony by myself, I will actually set up a 2nd camera on a tripod with a wireless remote. So when I'm shooting from the opposite side, I can just hit a button and get another shot from a different angle.
As for the albums, most Photographers charge a lot of money for a custom designed coffee table style book. A quality book isn't cheap for the Photographer to buy, but it also has a lot to do with the amount of time involved in designing the book. Many Photographers use templates to help speed up the process. I prefer designing each one from scratch, and I'm pretty efficient with Photoshop so laying out the book pages isn't that time intensive for me.
Because a lot of the cost involved has to do with the design time, we offer 40% discounts on duplicate albums (same design, same size book or smaller).
I would definitely use the fact that you want 4 albums as a negotiating tool when hiring a Photographer. Tell them that up front, and assuming that you want them designed the same, they should give you a discount. However, if you want four different designs, that's a different story.