So your wedding photographer is one of the most important elements of your wedding day.
Finding a photographer to suit you, your style, your budget and your personality can be tricky. But don’t fret i am here to assist.
My opinions on a wedding photographer were, that hey only work one day and get paid ££££?? Well i was wrong. Talented and skilled professional photographers work possibly more hours than in a 9–5 job, what with running a business, editing your images and designing the album.
If there is one aspect of your wedding I would advise not to skimp on it would be your photography budget. Simply because the images you have from your day are your one lasting memory. A brilliant photographer will make even the simplest of weddings look incredible, and of course you too :-)
When G and I eventually make it down the aisle I have no idea who we would choose to capture our day, there is a LOT of amazing, talented photographer’s out there in the UK with very different styles, persona’s and pricing options. It quite frankly can be a minefield. Day in day out i see amazing weddings and photography, and this blog wouldn’t be here without such creative talent.
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Here are some top tips in selecting your wedding photographer…
♥ Research, Research, Research
When looking for perspective photographers, you must research, like a lot! It can be all too easy to go to google and type ‘wedding photographer (location inserted here). Don’t get me wrong, it can be a great way to find a photographer, but it may be limited in it’s search results.
Head to wedding fair’s, search through magazines (and not just the advertisements), get on blogs – looking at photography features and site sponsors, use wedding directories, do use search engines too, just don’t rely on them solely, ask for recommendations from friends and family, or your work colleagues.
It’s quite common to think that a wedding photographer must be based locally to you, but this isn’t the case at all. Most reputable wedding photographers will travel to you, from all over the UK and of course overseas, just be prepared to cover travel expenses and sometimes accommodation.
So please don’t limit yourself if you find an amazing photographer but they seem to far away, enquire away and see what happens :-)
In the wedding industry, especially within the wedding blog evolution it can be easy to get bogged down in wedding aesthetics and buzz words.
When it comes to the crunch, forget if the style of the weddings the photographer shoots is what you like or not, but look at the images themselves. Many photographers have different styles and image processing that gives a different feel to the overall image.
Do you like the vintage processing, or natural light photographs, do you like the arty shots or unusual angles, do you like spot colour or vignette finishing. Question your tastes, and imagine the moment your album is delivered to you, you do not want to be disappointed by the photographer’s style. Photography is a creative art form so it’s crucial to remember tastes vary hugely, just make sure you are loving the photographer’s true feel to their images.
Do look at a photographer’s blog for a full viewing of a wedding rather than a couple of their favourite shots for a real feel of their work.
Whether your budget is £500 or £5000 you want a brilliant photographer. Don’t forget that there are amazing and not so great wedding photographers in every budget bracket. Photographers that charge a large amount are not necessarily amazing, like wise photographers at the lower end of the budget could be amateur lacking in experience or an amazing photographer who is starting out.
When it comes down to it, set your budget and look for photographers. When you see one you love, then check out the prices. But if you can spend as much as you can, these images will be your lasting memory of your day.
♥ Meet your photographers
When you have found some photographers you like, whittle it down to a manageable list and go visit them. Form a relationship with them on a personal level, your wedding photographers will be the people you spend the most time with on your wedding day. You will want to feel at ease with them and be able to have a giggle together.
A great way to really get to know your photographers is to have an engagement shoot, WWW has featured hundreds of engagement shoots, which show you ideas to make yours perfect. But aside from being great fun, it’s a perfect way to trial run having your photograph taken, and get to know your photographers. It will mean you are a lot calmer in front of the camera on your wedding day leaving you with one thing less to worry about.
♥ Shot lists
It’s still popular and traditional to want a set list of shots of your wedding party. Communicate this to your photographer in advance, check with them that they do formal shots or if you don’t want formal shots that they will do relaxed non posed shots of the wedding party.
Your shot list can also include the details you have spent so long planning, a close up shot of your bouquet for example or those favours you spent hours making.
Make a list of your important shots, but don’t bombard your photographer, you won’t want to spend most of your day posing for images, you want to be enjoying your reception.
♥ After the wedding
You may have to wait a few weeks for your images, do check with your photographer prior to your day for a time scale. Remember that it may take a little while in high season, it can take painstaking hours and hours editing every image.
If you want a wedding album or it is included in your package your wedding photographer should design this for you, go for a selection of images, including the wedding details, after all you want a well rounded feel of your day and you spent long enough planning it.
And of course… now you can enjoy them and for many years to come :-)
One quick last note, please treat your photographer well by watering and feeding them as best you can :-) Thanks so much, i hope you found this guide useful, don’t forget to check out the Vendor Love page for some brilliant photographers XOXO Lou