Before buying a wedding photography package or collection, one of the first questions you should consider is, “what do I want to do with the images”? Answering this will give you better insight into the package and specific items you should invest in.
With the advent of digital photography one of the primary delivery methods for wedding images is on disk. Depending on the photographer, high-resolution images on disk may or may not be included in the collection. In some cases it may only be web proofs not suitable for enlargements or prints. If the only use will be web display then you may be fine with this.
If your goal is archival quality art pieces, then a collection that includes prints or print credit would be a good choice. In cases where high-resolution images are included along with personal printing rights, it would still be a good idea to have prints made through the photographer. Most consumer labs will not produce the same quality of print that a professional lab will. Since quality pro photographers work with pro labs it is a safe decision to have your prints done through the photographer in most instances.
An idea gaining in popularity is the inclusion of print credits within collections and packages. A portion of your investment is counted towards the purchase of tangible print items such as albums, enlargements, and prints. Again make sure the photographer is dealing only with pro labs to ensure the best quality results in your finished order.
Some of the questions to consider are:
- Do I want/need prints?
- If so, what print sizes and how many are needed?
- Do I have access to a pro lab and do I want to make the prints myself?
- Do I want images delivered to other family members?
- What is my budget for photography?
Once you have a good idea of what you want out of the wedding photography package, you can then work with your photographer to build a suitable collection for your needs.