Picking the right wedding photographer can seem like a daunting task. Aside from the rings, your photographs will be a lasting reminder of your day in years to come. Here’s our guide to choosing the right person for you.
Budget for your wedding photography
Like most aspects of wedding planning, setting out a budget is usually the best place to start. That way, you don’t waste your time looking at suppliers who are above your price range. That said, if a photographer you love is just out of your financial reach, contact them – you might be able to work something out.
“For very small weddings, I can tailor a more bespoke option and will discuss this in detail to find out exactly what the couple needs,” said Kristin from Struve Photography. In general, be prepared to spend between £300 and £3000+ and set time aside 12 months before.
Decide on a style
When it comes to deciding what style of photos would suit your wedding, the advice is simple: do your research. Look at online portfolios and, if you can, your friends’ wedding albums. “Sometimes it’s easier for couples to tell me what they don’t want,” explains Emma from Fairytale Asylum Photography. Emma recommends putting together a Pinterest board of shots and styles you like and showing it to your prospective photographer.
Setting out expectations before you take the plunge and make the booking is better for you and the photographer.
Consider a videographer partnership
Photographers and videographers have to work together to make sure you’re happy with the finished products. Your videographer might film the full ceremony while a photographer will snap the big moments like the first kiss as a married couple. Suffice to say, communication is key. “Your photographer is a big part of your day, so it’s important to choose the right partnership,” said Emma. As well as getting on with your guests, they also need to have a good relationship with your other suppliers.
Arrange a meeting
Don’t be afraid to request a meeting with a prospective photographer – sometimes it takes meeting someone face to face or having a good natter on the phone to decide whether or not they’re right for you. Emma usually sends out a checklist to couples ahead of the wedding to gauge what they might be up for on the day. “Once I know what they like, I can start suggesting things,” she added.
While coming in with specifics is good, you don’t have to decide on everything right away. “People come to us with strong ideas and there’s always room to maneuverer to accommodate that,” said Rose from Alastair Burn-Murdoch Photography. “Photography is a popular hobby, so a lot of people are knowledgeable about the subject and want to talk about our process.”
Trust your wedding photographer
You should feel trust with the right wedding wedding photographer. It is important, after all, to trust their judgement. “A couple once came to us and said they weren’t sure about black and white photos,” Rose explained. “We agreed to limit the number of those types of shots but, when it came to selecting their wedding album, they ended up choosing all the black and white photos… we had a bit of a giggle about it.”