This is a brief guide to help you find the right wedding photographer for you.
Choosing a wedding photographer can be very daunting. The cake has been eaten, the honeymoon enjoyed and the dress packed away into a beautiful box underneath your bed. Your wedding day is over all too quickly. One of the only ways to relive all those wonderful moments from your special day is by looking through your wedding album. This is why it is so important that you have a photographer who can truly capture your wedding in the way that you want to remember it.
There are many things to consider when choosing a photographer: the style of photographs you are looking for, the cost, packages, reprints, albums… the list goes on. Here are my top five tips to help you get started.
1. I would recommend choosing a professional photographer. Of course some people who have full time jobs and shoot weddings at weekends will do a great job but in terms of wedding photography, which it is difficult to do-over should disaster happen, I think it is best not to take any chances. A professional photographer will have photographed many weddings so you can have confidence that they will get yours right too (they will be fully insured just in case). They will also have the time to dedicate to checking out venues, processing your images promptly etc.
2. Look at photographer’s portfolios online to see if you like their style of photography. Don't worry too much about words just look at the photos to see what you like. If you are looking for relaxed, unposed images then obviously discount any photographer whose portfolio is full of posed group shots.
3. Always ask to see albums of an entire wedding rather than the best images from lots of weddings. That way you will have a better idea of what the photographs of your wedding will look like.
4. When comparing prices on line make sure you compare like for like. For example if one photographer offers an album and the other a dvd that is not the same thing at all - it takes days to put a bespoke album together and there are wholesale printing costs to consider so it is likely to be more expensive.
5. Always meet with your potential photographer. If you like the albums they have put together of other people’s weddings and you like them too then the chances are you will like what they will do for you.
More to follow on what to ask when you meet potential photographer and how to choose images for your album...