How to find the perfect wedding photographer for you
Choosing your wedding photographer can be a tough task among all other planning challenges! You will be faced with many options and it can get pretty overwhelming. Plus, there is the pressure of choosing the right person for the job – after all, your wedding memories will be in their hands. What if you don’t like the photos? What if you don’t feel relaxed in their presence? These are just some of the questions that make the decision making process tough! But fear not, there is a simple solution to everything. Luckily for you, I have compiled some tips to help you on this quest. Let’s dive in!
1. Do you like them as a person?
Okay, I know that this might not seem vital, but trust me, it is! You will spend your whole day with your wedding photographer so you need to feel comfortable in their presence. Make sure to chat with your candidates before making any final decision. If you have a chance, grab a cup of coffee with them and see how they make you feel. For example, I am always open and honest when it comes to my personality so that couples can easily decide whether they want to entrust their most important memories to me.
2. Do you love their style?
When browsing through wedding photography portfolios, you will notice that there are different styles. Mine is a creative documentary style, which means I artfully document moments and capture beautiful contemporary couples' portraits. However, there are other styles such as fine art, classic or traditional, editorial, dark and moody, vintage, black and white, etc. Worry not, you don’t need to know the definitions – focus on what you like or dislike. Analyse and notice which style would fit your love story best!
3. Candid oriented vs Art-oriented wedding photographer
A candid oriented photographer would capture your day spending most of his or her time in the background. You probably can spend less time with your couple portraits and you will get less direction from your photographer. They are likely to use the available light only and they will probably deliver more images for you.
An art-oriented photographer needs a bit more time from you on your wedding day in order to get the perfect shot with the right light and the best background.
They will put more emphasis on getting the poses right to make you look great in the pictures. They are likely to use some creative techniques to capture some really unique and amazing images for you.
There is no right or wrong here, there is only what feels right to you.
My approach includes both. For example, I am art-oriented but I also always pay attention to the couple’s timeline – I don’t like to keep my couples away from their friends and family. Instead, I make a balance that would result in the best images possible while letting them enjoy their day unobtrusively. I let the story unfold naturally, but I also like to spend a bit more time in order to get some unique and fun images!
4. The budget – investing in long-lasting memories
When it comes to choosing your wedding photographer, you need to understand that you will be making an investment. You will look back at your photos for decades to come – they will be the only keepsakes from your big day! So, expect to get exactly what you pay for. If £1,500 sounds like too much, remember that if you wish to book a wedding photographer for £500, the results might not be what you expect. It all boils down to whether you want to invest in perfect coverage or get a bargain with less satisfying results.
5. Is your wedding photographer familiar with your venue?
This might feel like a must, but it really isn’t. When shooting a wedding at a particular venue, I always visit the place before the event, regardless of whether I have experience there or not. Why? Well, I like to map out the best possible locations and lighting conditions for your photos! Additionally, I like to consult with the wedding organiser to make sure I have covered everything needed to document your story.
Interested to learn more about my services as a wedding photographer? Feel free to shoot me a message!