Choosing the right photographer to capture the most important day of your life can be a daunting task, so here are five things to consider before you make your decision.
Normally the first decision you’ll need to make will be about style. Do you like relaxed and informal or contemporary? Once you’ve decided what sort of style you like, make sure you communicate it clearly to your chosen photographer and feel confident that they can deliver it. The more information you can give them, the more likely you are to get the photos you would like. Make sure you look through the entire portfolio for a particular wedding rather than a few photos of several different weddings. That way you can be sure of consistency and that you aren’t just being shown the best photos that feature in publicity material.
Once you have found the photographers you like, you’ll need to meet with them to see if you will get on with them. Your photographer is going to be with you all day long, on one of the most important days of your lives, so it’s vital you feel relaxed with them.
If you feel uncomfortable around your photographer, both you and your guests are likely to show it in your wedding photos, so make time for a meeting or even two if you can, before you make the booking.
Everyone has to work within a budget, but if money is tight, try to cut costs in other areas of your day and not on the photographs. They provide the only long-lasting memories of a day that goes by very quickly and there is nothing worse than being left disappointed with a set of images that don’t quite capture the loveliness of your day.
It’s not essential, but it’s a good idea to choose a photographer who has taken wedding photos at your chosen venue before. That way, they’ll be familiar with all the best locations, backgrounds and light. If they haven’t had experience of your particular venue, then suggest that one of your pre-wedding meetings is at the venue, so that you can explore the best photo opportunities together.
Ask your friends and family for recommendations as the chances are, if they have been happy with a particular photographer, then you will be too. A lot of venues have a list of preferred suppliers, so it’s worth asking the question of your venue to see if they can recommend any photographers. Then not only will the photographer come recommended, but they’ll also be very familiar with the venue.