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Top Five Tips for Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Top Five Tips for Choosing your Wedding Photographer

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Your photographer is likely to be one of your larger wedding investments and so you’ll want to take your time and get it right. Here’s some advice regarding making your selection that hopefully you’ll find helpful when you’re drowning in websites and wedding photography packages.

I’m going to ignore the subject of budget for the purposes of this article – obviously (and sadly) we all know that money doesn’t grow on trees and you’ll have a budget for your wedding that you need to stick to.  I’ll just leave it as, get the best photographer you can afford – you’re putting your wedding memories in their hands.

Agree on what you like (and what you don’t like) before you start looking…

Spend an evening (I’d always recommend opening a bottle of wine but then that’s just me) and talk about what you both really want from your wedding photographs.  You might find you have differences that you need to get to compromise on, you might find a bride is looking for something that a groom would never have thought of in a million years and vice versa, you might find you change your minds as you talk things over but it’s worth really putting some thought into the process and what you want the end result to look like before you hit the internet and start shopping around. It sounds obvious but it is much easier to find what you’re looking for if you’re both on the same page.

Find Someone You Like…

Once you’ve nailed the type of photos that you’re looking for, you can browse around your local photographers and find folk that shoot in a style that appeals to both of you.  It’s tempting to skip to comparing packages and prices straight away and, although this is definitely important, don’t forget to spend a little time with the photographer too.  They’re going to be around for a lot of your day and you’ll quickly get a measure during a face to face meeting of whether they’re the type of person you’re going to be happy to spend some time with.  Someone who rubs you up the wrong way during a consultation could cause friction on your day and that’s the last thing you want.

Don’t Necessarily Settle on who your Venue Recommend…

Your venue may have all sorts of reasons to recommend a list of approved suppliers and having a photographer that has worked at a venue before is definitely one of those items that come up on almost every article in bridal magazines on how to choose who’s going to capture your wedding.   I always think that it’s a bit overrated, a professional photographer can turn up and shoot anywhere with a quick look around. In fact, photographers who’ve worked a venue lots of times before, or who work exclusively at a venue can sometimes get a bit lazy and formulaic with it (that’s sometimes, before other photographers pillory me for suggesting this).  If you love the photographer that the venue recommends, then great.  If not, and the photographer you have your heart set on hasn’t been to your venue before, don’t sweat it.

Check out a Full Wedding and Get an Idea of Experience…

OK, this one is always featured in those bridal magazine articles as well but I actually think that this one does matter.  Every photographer has to start somewhere and there’s nothing to say that a new wedding photographer won’t capture great images of your big day but new folks entering the industry should a. price accordingly and b. be honest about their experience level.   Check out a full wedding of the photographers that you’re considering to make sure that you haven’t got someone who’s just grabbed a few wow shots as a wedding guest, and just check that they have a level of experience that you’re comfortable with.   You don’t need to pin them down and tickle them til they confess, you’ll get a pretty good feel of where they’re at in their career path from a chat with them – as whole, I think we’re a pretty honest bunch.

Trust Who You Choose…

Once you’ve done all of your research, meetings, package comparisons and made your choice.  Just relax and trust in all that work having led you to pick the right person for you.   The hard part is over and you just need to let your photographer take the strain and carry out your plans on the day.  Your job is to be crazy happy and in love so just focus on that, and let the photographer focus on capturing your wedding memories.

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By |2018-01-24T18:52:45+00:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |0 Comments

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I am a professional Creative ~ Photographer, Videographer, Cinematographer and Drone Pilot My professional photographic career started at the tender age of 13 when I won my first commission to photograph an art collection by a local artist. It paid £50 which was reasonable money for an ambition 13 year old in 1978. I have continued to take pictures ever since, and quite simply, I couldn’t be happier! I am professionally qualified with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP), and also the Masters Photographer Association (MPA), although I have recently decided to give up my membership of the MPA in favour of the other two associations.

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