We all know there’s a lot of planning that goes into a wedding, choosing your wedding photographer is a pretty big one, it’s something you may not see, eat or wear on the day but will live with you for the rest of your lives. Below are 5 tips that you will find useful to help you choose your perfect wedding photographer. Want to know more? Subscribe for the ‘Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Photographer’.
Tip 1 – What’s your style?
Decide on your preferred style, in other words what do you want your images to look like? Are they staged, posed and styled, perhaps on trend, or more relaxed and fun, capturing the day as it happens (also referred to as documentary style). Many photographers will provide a mix of creativity and candid imagery but they are likely to have a preference, and so will you. Making sure you’re on the same page will leave you with the images you’d hoped for and an experience that suits your personality.
Tip 2 – What’s your budget?
There are many wedding photographers out there making choosing between them potentially overwhelming, however the value and experience will vary massively, as will the price. Generally the price is a reflection of experience as well as possible specific inclusions however, this is not always the case. The price will also change with the number of hours covered, usually the longer you hire a photographer, the lower the overall hourly rate meaning more value for money and a documentary of your full story.
Tip 3 – What’s included?
What would you like to look back on in 1, 10, 20 or even 50 years from now? Some wedding photographers will happily provide only digital files whilst others only provide packages that include albums and prints. They may also include second photographers or additional shoots i.e. pre-wedding or engagement sessions which is a great way to experience having your photos taken before the big day (read more here). Make sure you are clear before committing to a wedding photographer, read the small print.
Tip 4 – Check them out
In an online world there are a lot more places to be, check out the photographer’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to get a better idea of their style and some of their more recent work. Read what other couples have said about the photographer and their experience in reviews and testimonials.
Tip 5 – Meet in person
Whether it’s over a drink at your favourite local, a studio or at the venue, meeting your wedding photographer is really quite important. If they are available for your date they will be with you for most, if not all of your day, so making sure your personalities suit is a really good idea. It also gives you a chance to answer any questions you may have and perhaps get some advice on planning your wedding day.