Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make in the run-up to your wedding. The big day will be over in a flash so selecting and trusting the right person to capture the most magical and important moments is crucial.
By carrying out some careful research and following these top tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding your perfect match…
Decide on Style
Photographers have their own unique style and you’ll need to decide which one will reflect you and your day the best. If you’re planning a vintage or bohemian wedding, a more natural documentary style of photography could work better. If the day is more formal with a focus on family then a photographer who demonstrates professional portrait skills would be a good choice.
Do Your Research
Good photographers should come with good testimonials. Research their websites, blogs and social media pages thoroughly for previous feedback, reviews and recommendations. These platforms should also provide you with an idea of their personality, style and quality of work.
Set Up Interviews
It’s crucial that you and your photographer get on well. Weddings can be stressful and you’ll need to put your trust and confidence in them to capture the whole day. Meeting between 3 and 5 photographers in person should help the selection process. A few key questions to ask them during the interview are:
– How many weddings have they done
– Ask them to present their most recent portfolio of work
– Ask to see a full shoot of a recent wedding in a similar venue/setting
– Make sure to tell them about any specific shots you want to capture
– How many images should you expect to receive after post-production editing
– Are they available on your wedding day, if not could they recommend another photographer who is
After the interview, think about how the photographer made you feel. Were they presentable and professional? Did they make you laugh or did something not quite gel? Your photographer should bring out the best of your personality and help you to smile naturally in front of their camera.
Fees and Packages
Photographers usually have a list of packages depending on how long you want them around on the day. Many brides-to-be want every moment to be captured, from the moment they get up through to the hair, make-up, getting dressed right to the end of the night. Others may choose to have just the ceremony and wedding breakfast professionally photographed. This should be reflected in the photographer’s quote. You’ll also need to consider whether they are local as some photographers will add on the cost of travel and accommodation and request to be fed during the day.
Are you looking for your perfect wedding photographer? Come along to The Liverpool Wedding Show on 20th and 21st January to meet top professionals ready and waiting to fill you with inspiration and advice for capturing the special moments of your big day!