Choosing the right wedding photographer can seem like a very daunting task. There are so many great photographers out there with many different styles and approaches, so how do you find the right one for you? In this blog I explore how to break it down in to easy steps so that you find the one that’s right for you.
1. Find your style
There are many different styles of wedding photography from traditional/more formal, through to fine art and documentary. Some photographers produce work that is more light and airy, others more moody and atmospheric. So do some research on different styles and think about what you want for your day. If you want more formal posed couples and group shots you would probably prefer a more traditional style. Alternatively if you’re not so keen on posing and just want to capture the day as it happens a documentary style wedding photographer may suit you better.
It’s important to set a realistic budget for your wedding photographer. You don’t want to fall in love with a particular photographers style only to find they are out of your budget!
But remember that your photos are a record of your day and lasting memory, which you will look back on time and again, so it really is worth investing what you can in it. It is tempting to save the money and ask a friend or relative to take some pics, but that’s not always the best idea. (see my previous blog: 6 Reasons to Book a Professional Wedding Photographer)
It’s usually the rule that the more experienced your photographer is the more they charge, but there are some great up and coming wedding photographers and if you do your research properly you can find a fab photographer in your price range.
Also think about the coverage you want – full day coverage or a few hours from ceremony to speeches. Some photographers may offer a half day or full day packages.
Now you have worked out the style you want and your budget, you can start to research photographers that fit within these parameters. You can search photographers in your area (although a lot of wedding photographers will travel you just need to factor in travel costs to you budget.) check out photographers websites and social media (Instagram and Pinterest are a good place to start) to see their work and don’t forget to check out google and Facebook reviews.
Once you have a shortlist of photographers that fit your criteria you can start to contact them.
4. Get to know the photographer
Most photographers offer the option to chat either in person or via zoom to discuss your wedding. This is a great opportunity to get to know the photographer. You want to work with someone who you get a long with and who understands what you want for your wedding day.
Do you feel comfortable with them? Your photographer will be with you to capture one of the most special days in your life, it is important that you feel comfortable and at ease with them. Does their approach fit with your vision for the day? eg. do they blend in to the background and capture photos unobtrusively or do they direct you for the best poses?
5. Review their portfolio
Don’t be afraid to ask a photographer to share more examples of their work with you, whether it’s a full wedding gallery, more couple shots or the little details of the day.
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