Choosing the right photographer
You’ve booked the venue, set the date, the next thing probably on your list is booking a wedding photographer. Unbelievably wedding photographers tend to get booked up about a year in advance so if you already have one in mind then best snap them up quick. If not, you’re faced with one of the biggest challenges of the wedding day: choosing the right wedding photographer!
So how do you go about doing this?
Here is my list of things to look for when choosing your photographer:
- Choose a good one! That might sound really silly and what makes a good wedding photographer is quite subjective but you know what you like and all it takes is scrawling through a few websites. But look at the whole picture. From their biography to their branding, their social media and obviously the galleries.
- Check out testimonials. Any good photographer will have a good collection of feedback from recent brides. If they don’t have any online, they’ll most probably have emails they can show you.
- Style. Dark or bright. Editorial or documentary. Fine art or alternative. Colourful or natural. Film or hybrid. These days as technology keeps changing, editing methods evolve, photographers worldwide can offer a myriad of different styles. It is important that you choose one that reflects you and your partner. So if you don’t like posing, then probably a documentary photographer is right up your street. If you are fun creative couple then probably a colourful hybrid shooter is your bag. If you’re all about the romance and the connection, then you might want to choose a photographer who specialises in epic editorial portraits. Perhaps you have children and the family portraits are important to you because it’s the only time you ever going to be dressed up to the nines but you’re quite well aware that children have the attention span of a flea, then probably a documentary photographer who likes to shoot portraits quickly is exactly who you’re looking for. So don’t forget style isn’t just about the “filter” added to the photo after the wedding, the style you choose actually has a massive impact on your day. Make sure you discuss this with your photographer. If you have two small children you don’t want to be choosing a photographer who is going to take you all up to the top of a mountain for an epic waterfall shot just before your meal – it’s just not going to work!
- The package. Apart from budget, what you actually get for your hard earned cash is really important. Do you like prints, do you want an album? Are digital files important to you? Fancy a slideshow to share on Facebook or a keepsake box with prints and USB? Make sure you think about how you’d like your photos delivered.
- Photo galleries. Ask to see a couple of full wedding galleries. You’ll then be able to see exactly what you can expect to receive following your wedding and how the photographer shoots every aspect of the day.
- The venue. Ask them if they have shot at your venue. This doesn’t always matter because a good photographer will be able to work in any lighting condition or situation. But if this is important to you then make sure you ask.
- Assistants or second shooters. If capturing both the bridal and groom prep is important to you then you might want to consider a second shooter. Or perhaps you have a wedding with over 200 guests and want to cover as much as possible. If a second shooter is of consideration, make sure you ask if they work with one regularly or if this is something you can add to your package. Likewise assistants maybe necessary if your chosen photographer uses flash or a lot of equipment. If you’re having a small intimate wedding you may not want this.
- Extras. Check out the little extras your photographer might offer. From products to photobooths, flower walls to videos. I include an alternative highlight video with all my full day collections. This is something I just love to do. They are 100% bespoke to you and your wedding and style. I especially love the ones with kids or an awesome party. Video was made for showcasing your drunk pals’ dance moves. Check out one of my faves below:
- Go with your gut feeling. All of the above plus you need to feel comfortable. Whether you have a call, a meeting with them or play email ping-pong, get the communication lines open as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you have a good vibe with someone who you will spend possibly a whole day with. And then go with your gut – if you get a good feeling and you like all you’ve seen, you’ve found yourself a wedding photographer!
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