6 tips for choosing a wedding photographer

Hello… And welcome back.

Well… Congratulations! You’ve just got engaged and now you’re planning your wedding. WOO HOOO! However, this is the point where couples become so stressed, simply because they don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer for their wedding.

So, here are my 6 tips to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer for your wedding.

1. Style of Photography
The first thing that you’ll need to do is decide on what style of wedding photography you want.

Do you want traditional or classic style of wedding photography? This type of photography is best described as where your wedding photographer captures all of the traditional shots. Think of the wedding photography of your parents and possibly your grandparents.

Or would you would to have a photojournalistic style of wedding photography? The best way to describe this type of photography is it is similar to story telling. Your wedding photographer will use a documentary style of photography to capture your wedding. There will hardly be any posing at all. Your photographer will just blend into the background and capture the images of your day.

Finally, you have a contemporary style of wedding photography. This type of wedding photography is similar to images you would see in a high end fashion magazine, where you’ll have lots of posing and some very dramatic shots.

If you have a potential wedding photographer in mind, find out their chosen style of wedding photography. Then you’ll need to need to answer this question. Is this the style of photography that I want for my wedding?

2. Do a little bit of research
So, now you’ve decided the style of photography that you want for your wedding. You’ve probably also have a list of potential photographers.

Now you’ll need to do a little bit of research into their work. I’d advise you to have a good look at their websites, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram accounts, if they have them. And then answer the following questions:
Do I like their work?
• Can I see me/us in these images?
• Does this style suit me/us?

3. Meet them
At this point I’m going to congratulate you because by now you should have a small list of potential wedding photographers.

Your next step is to arrange to meet them. In person would be best but you can also arrange a Skype meeting. Your aim is to get to see more of their work. Ask your photographer to show you at least one album of a full wedding and maybe an example of their wall art. However, ultimately your goal is to get to know your photographer better. But more on this point in tip number 4.

4. Personality
It is so important that you get on with and like your wedding photographer. So ensuring that your personalities don’t clash is vital. You need to ask yourself:
• Do I like this person? And
• Do I feel comfortable around them?

Put simply. You’ll be working with them all day at your wedding. You have to feel good working with them. Plus you’ll probably spend a considerable amount of time with them before and after your wedding.

So, here are some more questions you’ll need to answer when choosing your wedding photographer:
• Are they approachable, friendly and down to earth?
• Will they be ok mingling/working with my family and friends?
• Are they a team player?
And more importantly:
• Can I trust this person to handle one of the most important days of my life?

Now, if you have more yes’s than no’s then I think you might have found the wedding photographer for you.

5. Wedding Photography Budget
When allocating your wedding photography budget, it’s normally advised to allocate approx. 10-15% of the overall wedding budget.

This may seem like a huge amount of money to invest but by investing in a good wedding photographer, they will put their time, effort, expertise and passion into creating wonderful images of your wedding for you that you will treasure for the rest of your lives.

The most common regret of many couples is they didn’t invest in their wedding photography. They usually hired a photographer who gave them their wedding images, unedited, on a USB stick, which they left in a drawer. Years later those couples still have not created their wedding album, the one that they said they would make themselves, so that they could save money…

6. Book Early
I would suggest that as soon as you know your wedding date and you have booked your wedding venue, then booking your wedding photographer is probably your next task.

I’m advising you to book them early because the most in-demand photographers are usually booked up to a year in advance. So you should start to look for your wedding photographer almost immediately.

If you wait and start looking for a wedding photographer closer to your wedding date, you’ll probably find it much harder to find a good wedding photographer that is available on your wedding day.

Well, I hope that these tips will make it easier for you when it comes to choosing the photographer for your wedding.

Now, you tell me… do you have any other burning questions or comments about choosing the perfect photographer for your wedding? If you do, please leave them below in the comments section.

See you next week.
Sandra

 

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