Firstly, congratulations on your engagement! If you are reading this then you have most likely started planning your wedding (so much fun :D!) and the hunt for your wedding photographer has begun.
I say ‘hunt’, because there are just so many of us to choose from! Finding the perfect one for you can be a little bit daunting, So how do you know which one is the perfect match? Below is a list of things you might want to consider to help narrow down your search 🙂
This is the first thing that attracts you to a photographer. Their beautiful work. We all have completely different styles; so find a style which you love! Find a style that you can imagine you and your wedding being captured.
Reportage, Traditional and Artistic are the three ‘main’ categories.
Within these, there are then different editing styles, which really defines each photographers artistic vision. And if you make sure their work is consistant from wedding to wedding, you know that you can trust them to do a great job on your wedding day.
I class my style as a mixture of two; Reportage and Artistic.
My reportage style means I love to capure the real story of every wedding day. Stepping back to allow your day to flow and unfold naturally, because you cannot stage what’s real. Every genuine hug, tender kiss, belly-aching laugh, and happy tear that occurs on your wedding day, will never happen again. A photograph is a moment frozen in time, and being aware of everything going on around you is a skill which I bring to every wedding, which allows me to capture these memories, which you can keep forever.
I also bring an artistic flare to my work. My photographs have been described as ‘pretty’, ‘delicate’, ‘romantic’ to name a few, which are all music to my ears! I pride myself in making every single clients wedding photographs look beautiful. It’s about not missing the finer details, that others may not see. The warm glow of the candle light, the whisp of hair softly brushing your cheek in the wind, or the silhouette of the brass band against the dance floor. Those are the kinds of details I love. They are unique to you and your wedding day, and nobody else will have the same photographs.
If you find a photographer who’s work you love and draws you in, (I hope it’s me!) ask to meet them 🙂 Which brings me to my next tip…
This one is an important one. I can’t imagine the feeling of not liking the person who is going to be pointing their camera at me all day! Your photographer will be with you from the excitement, buzzing and nerves during the morning preparations, right through to your loving embrace during your first dance as husband and wife. So you need to make sure they are a good fit for you!
Are you camera shy? Booking a photographer who is ‘in your face’, bossy and brash may not be the best decision. Being a camera shy girl myself, I know that certainly wouldn’t help me! I like to think that I have am a very calm and relaxing person to be around. I love to have fun with you and your guests on your wedding day, and like to think I could get on with anyone; from a loud sozzled Uncle, to a bashful little flower girl. Blending in with your guests is how I manage to be in the right place at the right time for those all important moments.
So my second tip would be to meet with your photographer first before booking! 🙂
A photographers experience is another important factor to consider, more specifically; experience shooting a wedding. I know lifestyle, commercial and new-born photographers who have been photographers for years and are so amazing at what they do, but panic at the thought of photographing a wedding!
Wedding photographers are trained and experienced to handle high pressure situations, have impeccable organisation and timing, and always, ALWAYS have a back-up plan.
What would the plan be if something drastic happened *touch wood* and I couldn’t make it to your wedding day? I will do my upmost to find you another photographer! I am lucky enough to have a lovely network of photographers who I would trust to replace me on the day 🙂 What would happen if one of my memory cards were to fail? Or even worse, my camera? I have back-ups of everything for these reasons, and will do everything in my power to protect your images.
If your wedding photographs are important to you (which I’m assuming they are if you have read this far! 🙂 ) please discuss with your photographer what their back-up plan is.
Price is a hurdle that you will have to cross at some point. And it can be a touchy subject!
When one photographer tells you they charge £300 for a full days coverage, and another charges £3000. How is there such a HUGE difference? When what you are asking for is the same thing? Right? You are right, althought you are asking for the same thing, what you will be getting is completely different.
Running your own business is pretty costly! Especially a photography business. To have endless equipment, (and back up equipment) computer(s), all business coaching, training, business insurance. I won’t go on! But these are all necessary things to ensure that my business is run to my standards. A high standard. And I want my clients to trust that every aspect of my business is run properly.
You have probably ready the horror stories which some poor couples have gone through. These stories scare brides (they sure scare me!) and put a taint on the wedding photography business. It’s important to be able to spot a ‘faux’tographer from a professional. And price is the number one tell-tale sign.
My prices aren’t the cheapest, but they are certainly not the most expensive. They match my current standard in the industry. Every photographer has their price, and it’s important to know what you are investing in when you book them.
Ultimately, it is your decision and of course everyone has a budget! But how important are your memories to you? How often do you hire someone to record those moments you don’t want to forget? If you see a photographer you love and desparately want to hire then just go for it! There will be no regret in 10, 20, 30 years time when you are able to look back and remember every little detail of your day. Remember exactly how you felt that day. That is what a good photographer will do for you. Yes it’s an investment, but in my opinion it’s worth every penny.
When you are 100 million TRILLION percent happy with your choice of photographer (and you should be! 🙂 ) it’s time to sign that contract and tick the task of finding your photographer off your wedding planning list! (HURRAY!)
Speaking as a bride-to-be, let me tell you, there’s no greater feeling! (But it feels pretty darn great when you’re the photographer too 😉 )