How To: Choose The Perfect Wedding Photographer
These photos are the time capsule of the most important day of your life – so let’s make sure they’re top notch!
Wedding photos are one of the things you actually keep from your big day – and keep forever (well maybe not all of them!). So you want to make sure they capture YOU as a couple. Don’t get scared by the huge price range, averaging around £850 and going into thousands! There is something for everyone, you just need to work out what you’re looking for – so here are our guidelines.
Ask your friends! If your friend got married recently, look at their wedding album (you can steal some of their ideas too), or ask them for some guidance (they will LOVE spreading their post-wedding knowledge). Also, ask your venue – they will have seen a lot of photographers so can give you some options. Have a look at the photographer’s website, online reviews and social media to get a bit more of an idea.
Always keep your wedding venue in mind. If you are celebrating your nuptials in the evening, at a candle-lit venue, then a photographer specialising in outdoor weddings may not be right for you and vice versa. Look at their portfolio and their ability to create light, even in a dimmer setting. (Tip: ask to see some ceremony photographs, as those often take place in a dim church).
Now for the fun bit! Start delving deeper into different portfolios and have a look at their style. Sometimes, even if you love a photographer’s work, you and the photographer still might not be the perfect fit – it’s like finding another person to marry! You need to be able to see yourself in the photographs, as they will represent you as a couple for years and years to come.
Also, consider how much time their style might require; elaborate fashion shoots can take hours. If you don’t want to spend your entire wedding posing for photos then bear this in mind. Check out first look photography tips if you want it to take up as little time as possible. You can work out details with the photographer once you’ve chosen them.
Once you’ve looked through the portfolios and picked your favourites, its time to meet the professionals themselves – it’s a bit like a blind date! Your photographer will spend the majority of your wedding day with you, so it’s important your personalities mesh. A helpful tip from us: ask them about their favourite photograph! You will learn a lot about their vision and personality from the way they answer your question.
Vision aside, a wedding photographer should be polite and unobtrusive, yet able to direct group images, which can require a lot of organising. A good way to figure this out is to look at the group images and see whether the participants look relaxed and comfortable.
Lastly, check with the photographer whether it will be definitely them shooting your wedding, as larger agencies may often have alternatives. Similarly, ask if they have an assistant and what kind of equipment they are going to use, especially if you prefer digital over film, or if you have a strong opinion about how the images should be edited.
Don’t be afraid to ask every question until you’re happy. However, you won’t need to worry too much, the camera will barely have to do anything, as you’re both going to look amazing!
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