How to choose your wedding photographer?
Chances are you’ve never had to book a wedding photographer before, so here’s some handy hints on how to choose your wedding photographer for your wedding day, from the perspective of a wedding photographer.
My three top tips on choosing a wedding photographer are:
- Choose your style
- Know your budget
- Like your photographer
Tip 1 on how to choose your wedding photographer: Choosing your style
There are many different types and styles of photography. Pick the style that you love and look for a photographer that specialises in it. If you’re not sure, spend time looking at a range of portfolios and make sure you like the body of work as it will be this style they capture on your wedding day.
Look through real weddings, not just portfolio pages, and if you can’t find any images on the site, ask the photographer to share some real weddings with you.
Keep an eye out for how the photographer captures the whole day, not just the shots they want to show you.
I’m a documentary wedding photographer so I shoot in an unobtrusive way, capturing the moments and emotions of the day and pulling together a ‘documented’ story of what happened at your wedding – that’ everything from bridal preparation in the morning, right through to the dancing in the evening. I don’t like to leave after the first dance either….the dance floor needs a bit of time to warm up!
If you choose me as your photographer I also dedicate time during the day to capture some very special images of the two of you together, away from friends and family, and in a relaxed and documentary style. No silly poses or cliche shots here!
You can of course get in touch with me and ask to see more images and some real client galleries at any time. To find out more about how I shoot a wedding click here.
Tip 2 on how to choose your wedding photograher: Know your budget:
I’ve two lines of thought on this. Firstly, spend as much as you can afford on your photography, after the guests leave, the flowers have gone and the honeymoon is over, you want something beautiful that is going to transport you back to that happy day. A good photographer and in turn a good set of wedding photographs, do exactly that.
More importantly they are often a family heirloom that future generations can look back on, so you want to make sure your photographer has the experience required to shoot a fast moving day.
Secondly, find out what’s included in the photographers standard package, the hours they will shoot and what you will receive after the wedding day. Give some consideration to any of the extras you may want, like an engagement shoot, a second photographer, signing boards and prints.
You enquire about my pricing collections here. I have 3 collections that cater for my different couples needs. All come with USB’s of all of the final images from the day, include wedding consultations and online galleries.
I also offer inclusive albums on a couple of my pricing collections.
If you would like a second photographer, an engagement shoot or any other services then please talk to me, I can organise it all for you with minimal fuss.
Tip 3 on how to choose your wedding photographer: Like your Photographer:
If you’re going to spend one of the most important days of your life with somebody other than the people you’ve chosen to be at your wedding day, then you’ve got to like them right?
Having a raport and a connection with your photographer is vitally important, you’re trusting them with making you feel comfortable in front of camera and capturing the emotions of your day. They’re going to be there as you get ready, as you push the ring onto your partners finger, the first kiss, through to the last dance, so spend time talking to them and understanding how they will approach your day.
Whether you book with me or not, I will always have an initial meeting or video call with you to talk through your wedding day and what you have planned. You can tell me about what’s important, the guests travelling from afar, or the table settings that your granny has spent hours designing. I will tell you about how I will capture your day, and you can quiz me on anything you want, from the kit I use to how I handle nervous brides. I will share some work with you that I think talks to your venue or style of wedding and you can then chat with your partner about whether I’m right. It’s a completely relaxed and non-sales driven conversation.
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