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Everyone has seen wedding photos where the photographer has asked to the groom to “propose” to his wife or that the best man “straighten” the groom’s tie. Cheesy, unnatural and best avoided. To do so, grooms need to take charge, interview and pick a quality photographer and discuss some of the photos he wants in advance.

This article will help you select a photographer, guide you through the day and provide a checklist of must-have photos.

Picking the Photographer
First, don’t ask your soon-to-be brother-in-law, Tony, to take the pictures. Tony: a) wants to enjoy your wedding day and b) is not a professional photographer. Memories fade, but photos with bad lighting, chopped off heads and other signs of poor photography last forever. Since organizing the photography is likely a task for the groom, do not screw it up or you’ll never hear the end of it. You’ve been warned.

Shop around
To ensure that you get the photos that you want and to avoid overpaying a mediocre photographer, make sure that you shop around long before the wedding. You will want to start early since the good photographers often begin booking a year in advance or more. Try to get price estimates from at least three professional photographers.

Portfolios and References
Review your candidates' portfolios and ask for references. Asking for references is a fairly standard practice. When you contact the references, be sure to ask if:
- the photographer was easy to work with
- the couple was pleased with the final pictures
- there were any hidden costs that you should know about
- they would hire the photographer again

Walk away – quickly – from photographers that won’t give you any references.

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Your Comments Imaginary Story:Add for others to get inspired. Helena first proposed to me by her attractive smile and posture of fairy to invite me in my imagination at my work place and I met her casually amongst her class friends in nursing training in the hospital casualty department . It was ‘love at first sight’ because I had a dream girl image in my head as I used to build up a picture from my regular visits to Cinema. Once I met her in the canteen giggling with close friends on a dining table, she casually came to my side with a piece of cake, saying “ I like you for some reason, Can I share my birthday cake with you, you can join me here for a lunch soon’. I encouraged her with a smile saying I’m Somru by the way, call me Sumu.” I made jokes to capture her heart straightaway as she was just right for me to converse and share everything. She shared a passionate kiss in my flat one summer afternoon and we came close once I awarded her my prestige- embrace with a ruby necklace around her neck that was shining on her fair complexed skin. That photograph I took at that moment in my portable camera created a memorable bond between us immediately, she then surrendered herself completely. We had this ready made understanding that we are now inseparable in spite of differences in family back ground, financial worry or career promotion thoughts. I felt to encourage her but wait and see whether she was my love of life or a passing one night stand of serious intimacy. From the beginning I was mesmerized and I had other things on my mind too than just solidify my relationship with an Irish woman I hardly knew. She asked me to meet me in my residence for months and I continued to turn her proposal of flat sharing as we both worked in hospital.. She finally made her move by asking my likings to go out for a cinema on a Bond film. 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Dad of groom
Wed, Jun.4th 2008
I have remarried and I want to know if my new wife should be in the pictures.
Frank from DC
Fri, Apr.25th 2008
Guys, this is a must. We all have that one family member who wants to give too much help. It maybe be, and usually is Aunt something. When it comes to pictures this is something you may need to clarify before the big day, otherwise the day of the wedding and the receptions she would jump into wedding coordinator mode and make a lot of people uncomfortable.
lynn allen
Fri, Apr.11th 2008
Your Comments as a photographer, one of the main questions i ask my bride/groom is there any combination of people you dont want in your family photos. this goes on the list and when family portraits are being shot it is my job to help with that problem. parents divorce and then remarry and the new spouse in family formals is always touchy..exclude him in all the family portraits, but to help with your sister include him in the larger group shots. to help with this just have one frame of you and your sister and boyfriend. if he's old news next year then you can just toss the picture not the album. but tell the photographer your wishes...your paying for this
Tue, Sep.25th 2007
Scott- Apologies for the delayed response! (The Wedding Chick is lightening-fast with answers - ask her anything & everything). We respectfully suggest that you deal with this problem yourself. You're paying your photog to capture amazing photos of your Big Day, not to play Bad Cop for you in an awkward situation. Perhaps you can make most of the photos "family" or "wedding party" only, and let your sister know ahead of time. Then maybe do one photo to include your sister's boyfriend just to make all happy. Hope that helps! Cheers
Thu, Aug.23rd 2007
im getting married in may next year. we have hired a photographer already. but we have a little problem. my younger sister is dating a guy. hes a great guy and i dont want to be a asshole. but how do i go about getting photos done with and without him in it. can i pawn this responsibility off on the photographer?

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