One of the most important investments for your wedding will be your wedding photographer. When all the excitement has died down and the mess has been cleared, only your photos remain. Your photographs will reveal little expressions and moments which you may not have noticed on the day.
So how do you go about choosing a wedding photographer?
Style and Area:
There isn’t a one size fits all, and there are several factors you should consider. The first criteria, when choosing your wedding photographer, would be the area you are planning to get married in. Many wedding photographers will travel great distances to capture your special moments, but this may incur an extra fee.
Search your area for wedding photographers and then look at their sample photographs. Their preferred style will be clear and you can be sure that your photographs will be in a similar style. So, if you would like light, airy and dreamy photos then find a photographer whose portfolio is similar. If a photographer’s photographs are dramatic or rustic, then they may not be the right fit for you. Keep an open mind when you are looking, sometimes we think we like a certain style until we see an alternative.
Decide whether you would like your wedding to be a documentary or traditional / formal style. Documentary wedding photographers will go largely unnoticed and capture moments as they unfold. This will give you more natural wedding photographs, with your guests interacting with each other and not with your wedding photographer.
Next, don’t underestimate how important the personality of your wedding photographer is. If you dislike noisy, bossy people then you are not going to want a wedding photographer like this. Choose a wedding photographer who is willing to listen to you. Your personality must ‘feel comfortable’ with your wedding photographer’s personality. This important fact is often overlooked when choosing a wedding photographer.
Finding wedding photographers with the style you like and in the correct area, and hopefully with a complimentary personality to yours, will already have narrowed down your choices quite considerably.
Make sure your wedding photographer comes with insurance. Hopefully it will never be necessary to use this but if their gear trips a guest and they break a leg, you want to know there is some compensation if necessary. Likewise, if someone breaks your photographer’s expensive gear then you don’t want to be landed with a hefty bill.
Finally, it will be down to your budget. The old saying of “you get what you pay for” often applies to wedding photographers as well. It is important to remember that your wedding photographer is going to work very hard on the day, and it doesn’t end there. There is a lot of work editing and finalising your photos into the beautiful photos and albums you will receive and be proud of.
A few useful tips
Start gathering photographs that you would like replicated at your wedding.
Book your photographer and pay your deposit as soon as you have secured your venue.
There will be a contract to sign, it covers both of you and the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can relax.
Start thinking about what group/family photos you would like (and make a list).
Communicate with your wedding photographer often, it will help them form a clear picture of what you would like.