6 Steps to find the best wedding photographer for you
As a wedding photographer I don’t just take ‘any’ wedding that someone asks me to; and neither should you simply pick the first photographer who’s website you visit.
To help you choose the best wedding photographer for you, below is a short list of things I would advise you to look out for when making your choice; although it’s not foolproof it should help you think through your options.
- Do you love your chosen photographer’s style?
Would you hang their photographs in your home and show them off to your friends? Whoever you ask, you need to know that you LOVE their style, and it’s not just the quality and style of the original photographs that matter, wedding photography style ranges from contemporary, through reportage to traditional and formal wedding photography. A good wedding photographer will show you finished edited photos which will reveal their own unique style, it may be that they are a fan of Black and White, sepia, vintage effects, vibrant colours, quirky props or whatever, a wedding photographer’s photos will reveal their style.
- Request a preview of a wedding photo shoot
Ask photographers if you can look through a complete set of photos taken from a single wedding they have photographed. Anyone can capture a great photo as a one off and load it onto a website and make themselves look great, but you want to know that that result can be consistently recreated throughout your wedding day?
- Do you ‘click’ with your photographer?
Getting on with your photographer is really important, they will spend more time with you than a lot of your guests on your day, so pick someone you find easy to get on with.
- Confirm how much it will all cost?
Some photographers hide certain costs and everything costs extra (like getting copies your photos). Make sure you have a full written agreement of exactly what you’re getting and make sure you get a grand-total before you sign anything.
- Know what you want
I know this is about you and not the photographer, but you need to know what you want before you get there. Don’t assume your photographer can read your mind. Whoever you choose, they won’t have spent the months (or years) planning for your big day like you have; they certainly don’t know the details, each with meaning and purpose that you’re putting into your day. They may not be able to tell the difference between a mass produced table decoration from the lovingly hand made decorations made by you. If you don’t inform your photographer, that for example the groom’s cuff-links are a family heirloom and are of great significance to him, then how is the photographer going to know? A good photographer will want to know the details of your day, make sure you have a list of ‘important photos not to miss’
- Discuss your wedding with your wedding photographer:
Make sure you spend time talking with your photographer about your day, a good wedding photographer who has worked in the wedding industry for a while knows a thing or two about weddings, and will be more than happy to help you look through the plans for your day, make suggestions and point out potential pitfalls before you get there. All in all, a helpful wedding photographer is going to be a valuable asset to your day, not just an expense.
There’s plenty more that could be added to the list, but if you have done all of these you’ll be that much closer to getting what you are imagining as the wedding photos you’ve dreamed of.