So, you have attended your first wedding fayre and have left feeling confused as to which wedding photographer to pick. It can be a very complicated process, especially if you have spoken to 10+ photographers telling you different things. Hopefully my five points will give you something to consider when making your decision…
When you look at a photographer’s sample album you will instantly know if you like their quality of work and style. Any good photographer will be able to offer you all the styles of photography but they will always have a passion for a certain style.
Dominated by carefully posed shots of groups ranging from the whole wedding party to just the wedding couple themselves. This style of photography does not require the photographer for the whole day as the shots are carefully planned and structured to insure nothing is missed.
The photographer will take a natural approach, following the couple and the guests throughout the whole day while recording the events of the wedding as they happen in an unobtrusive manner. Also known as photo-journalistic (or simply journalistic) or documentary wedding photography. This style is currently the most choice among couples.
Creating high impact and visually interesting images, inspired by editorial fashion photography. Although shots are set up, they are less formal or rigid. The photographer aims to find interesting spots as a backdrop and uses or creates strong light effects and unusual angles. The created images are often given further treatment in post-production. It is more the photographer's style that will dominate the wedding album rather than the wedding couple's personality and the overall atmosphere of the wedding day.
In order to get the best images and the most out of your photographer on the most important day of your life, you must feel 100% comfortable and relaxed in their presence. There is a reason your friends are your friends, you can trust them, put your faith in them and it’s the same with your wedding photographer. This is where having so many photographers to choose from is a good thing!
I can tell within the first minute of meeting someone if I have a connection with them or not. If you feel uncomfortable around your photographer for whatever reason but love their work I still wouldn’t book them.
Always meet with your photographer in person before booking!
After doing your research you should have a rough idea of how much a photographer costs and you’re your budget. A good photographer will be able to advise you based on what you want, expectations and budget. Wedding photography is personal, there is no ‘one package fits all’ so they should be able to offer a number of options to suit your requirements.
Some photographers charge an additional fee for editing, VAT, hitting deadlines, album designs, consultations, travel, food, accommodation, online galleries, high resolution images, the list goes on. You should always ensure that all costs are detailed in a quote before entering in to any contractual agreement.
The amount of experience a photographer has will play a large part in the organisation and structure of the day. I have played the role of coordinator, master of ceremonies, waiter, children’s entertainer, hair stylist, best man, bridesmaid and photographer. Experience not only improves the quality of work but also the ability to perform under constant pressure without upsetting anyone on your day.
I would normally meet with my couples 3-4 before the wedding, at their home, wedding fayre, venue, church or on their pre-wedding photo session. Not only does this build a good relationship it also avoids any possible unwanted surprises on the day.
If the photographer is good enough for your friend, then they must be good enough for you! This should not be the main reason for your choice but knowing someone who has first hand experience of a potential wedding photographer is a bonus. The majority of my bookings come from previous clients.
Look at the photographer’s reviews and testimonials, if they don’t have any… RUN!!!
I hope you have this helpful, if you have any questions just let me and please share with anyone you know getting married.