Booking your wedding photography is one of the biggest decisions you need to make. There are so many photographers, so many amazing photos, how do you choose? To help you, we have put together a list of the top seven do’s and don’ts to think about as you choose your wedding photographer.
DO - Ask friends and family. Personal recommendations are generally one of the best ways of finding a wedding photographer. Ask friends who have recently married about their photographer and whether they would recommend them.
DO - Think about what style of photography you want. Do you want traditional wedding photography? Reportage wedding photography? Fine Art wedding photography? When researching for your wedding, look at which wedding photography styles appeal to you. This will help you when trying to decide on photographers.
DO - Make sure you plan time into your day for photos. This is something that can get forgotten, especially if you do not have the luxury of a wedding planner. When planning the timings of your day, make sure you have time for your photographer. We would also recommend liaising with them, as setting up photos can take longer than you may think.
DO - Meet with photographers. Remember you will spend as much time with your photographer as you new husband on your wedding day. we would always advise meeting with (or at least FaceTime calling) your final shortlist of photographers.
DO - Ask to see a full wedding. A photographers portfolio is always the best of the best. To get a more honest representation of their work, ask to see a full wedding. This way you get to see exactly what the photographer is like over the course of a full wedding day.
DO - Be yourself. Although a photographer will help pose you throughout your day, remember, just relax and be yourself. You will look gorgeous in your photos!
DO - Look at blogs, Pinterest etc. for inspiration. These are amazing things to gain inspiration from and will help you decide which style of photography you like. However...
DON’T - Get too caught up in weddings you see on blogs, Pinterest etc. It is easy to get caught up in trying to make everything like the wedding you saw on that blog. Remember, it is your wedding, make it in your style!
DON’T - Ask your friend with the good camera who takes great photos to do your photography. Whilst there are many good photographers out there, photographing a wedding is a very difficult thing. It is a lot of pressure to put on a friend or family member. Hire a professional and let them enjoy your day with you.
DON’T - Forget to ask your wedding suppliers if they have any recommendations. Wedding suppliers will have dealt with many different wedding photographers and may have recommendations that you can look into.
DON’T - Just head to google and look at the photographers on page one. Although they are good at getting to the first page of Google, they may not be the best photographers. Make sure you search in depth.
DON’T - Wait. The best photographers tend to book up early, especially if you are planning a summer wedding.
DON’T - Rely on memberships of photo organisations to guide you to a good photographer. Simply paying a membership to some of these organisations means a photographer can display “ Trusted Member of XYZ” or similar on their website. It is not a guarantee of quality!
DON’T - Ignore you instincts. If you have a meeting and something doesn’t sit right. listen to it.
Your wedding photography is a lifetime investment. The cake will get eaten, the flowers will fade, but the images your photographer captures will last the rest of your life. Choosing the right professional wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions. We hope you found this guide useful.
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