Choosing a wedding photographer for your big day can be a difficult task, so we’ve come up with 10 things to think about, along with some tips, to hopefully make it a little easier!
1. Think about the sort of photographs you want to achieve
Whether you want classic, elegant photos or modern or humorous ones, it’s vital you think about what sort of photos you want to achieve before choosing a photographer, as this will help you choose more effectively. There are some great tips for taking wedding shots here which may provide you with some inspiration for what sort of photos you want.
2. Research as much as possible
Speak to as many people as you can to get good, reliable recommendations and suggestions. You’ll always know someone who will be able to point you in the direction of someone great, or also someone to avoid, too.
3. Think of it as an investment
Going for the cheapest option is rarely advisable when it comes to wedding photography. It’s definitely worth spending a little more (some wedding planners suggest at least 10% of the wedding’s budget should be on the photos). You’ll have the photos for the rest of your life so it’s important that you love them.
4. Look at their portfolios
It seems obvious, but looking at their previous work will be a really good indicator as to their style and success. As well as their portfolio, ask to see the shots from a full wedding to gage whether they just got lucky with 10 decent shots or not.
5. Consider their personalities
Wedding photographers aren’t just another supplier; they become an active guest at the wedding who you will spend a large portion of your day with. Therefore it’s a good idea that you actually like them as well as their work.
6. Familiarise yourself with any ‘small print’ conditions
Things like insurance for their equipment and photos will be imperative so it’s vital you check out their policy on things like this. Also look into how much they charge for their photos and albums as well as their actual time.
7. Look into all the options they provide
You’ll no doubt want an album of all of your beautiful photographs from your special day, yet some photographers can charge up to £3,000 for this on top of their services on the actual day. If they provide deals regarding packages this can be cheaper though it may be worth looking into making your own wedding photo albums.
8. Ensure they can dedicate enough time to you before the big day
Most good wedding photographers will plan to meet you a number of times before the big day so they can get a feel for you as a couple and vice versa. Be wary of any photographer that isn’t prepared to get to know you both before the big day.
9. Take the venue into account
Likewise, a good photographer would head down to your venue beforehand if this is possible to go and have a look so they can determine where to take the best photos etc. You should also feel comfortable to suggest parts of the venue you want your photos taken in, too.
10. Think about timing
Will you have enough time with your chosen photographer to get all the shots you want and where you want? Can they dedicate enough time to your big day and can they stick to strict schedules effectively?