Picking your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your big day – after the dress and partner-to-be of course, but it’s way up there on the list. So you want to make sure you get the right photographer who will capture you and your day perfectly. We expect that cost will be a factor, but with so many talented photographers out there, we also know that there will be one who will be within your budget. So what else do you need to consider then?
Like the happy couple, every photographer has their own defining style. It could be something subtle, or it could be a very particular way that they shoot or how they work. It’s your day and they will do what you ask, but you want to find someone whose style you like. This way you know that they’ll do their best work since it comes naturally to them. Are you looking for formal photos of the day or a more relaxed and informal series of shots? Are you happy for someone to be directing or would you prefer them to blend in and shoot events as they unfold? Style also includes the level of editing that they will do on your photos. Ask to see their portfolio to get an idea of how heavy or light their editing technique is. When you’ve narrowed down your choices, ask to see their full portfolio, not just their favourites, so that you can see how consistent they are with different settings, lighting, and types of shots too.
When it comes to personality, you want someone that you ‘click’ with, so go with your gut feeling on this one. Can you work with them? Do they put you at ease? Can you act yourself around them? Will they put your guests at ease and get their fun, carefree, natural side to come out? Just like you know fairly quickly whether or not you will get on with anyone else you meet, so it will be with your wedding photographer. So trust that gut feeling!
There are a lot of photographers out there, but not all of them have the same level of experience. Using someone who’s worked at your chosen venue before can be invaluable; they know the layout, they know the lighting, and they know what works. For example, our friend Stacey is an Essex-based wedding photographer with experience shooting ceremonies and receptions all over the county, including at popular venues like Braxted Park, Langtons House, Layer Marney Tower, and Orsett Hall, so she can work her magic in those locations without thinking twice.
Like most things that are valuable and important to you, getting a recommendation from someone you know and trust can be a huge help. They know both you and the photographer and can tell you if it’s likely to be a good fit. It could help you narrow down the choices of potential photographers to meet, or throw a different idea into the mix – one that might just be perfect for you!
Use these top tips and you should find the perfect photographer for your big day.
And if you need any advice on photographers or any other aspect of planning your big day, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
IMAGE CREDIT: For Keeps Photography