More Than Just Photos: A Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer
Choosing a photographer is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding arrangements.
Weddings are full of magical moments and you want a photographer you can count on to capture them all in the most elegant style on camera.
There are lots of them out there and lots to consider, so how do you choose? Here’s our top 5 tips:
1. Decide on a style
The first thing you need to do is decide the style of photography you want for your wedding. Do you prefer a traditional style or a contemporary one? Are you looking for something quirky or creative? Maybe you prefer a more candid style that captures the emotions of the guests as the event unfolds. Choose a style and then look for photographers whose own distinctive style matches the one you have in mind.
2. Agree on a budget
The price of wedding photography varies massively, so you need to set your budget. Some will cover the day for just a few hundred pounds, whereas others will charge up to as much as £10 000 or more for their services. It all depends on how important the photography is to you. Note that if someone is only charging you a couple of hundred pounds for their services for the day, they may be very poor or not very experienced or not running a legit photography business.
3. Speak to photographers
You’re planning to spend a fair bit of money on the services of this person, so meet with them and have a chat about their experience and what they offer. A wedding photographer should have a considerable amount of experience under their belt, not just one or two projects. The meeting is also a good opportunity to get a feel for this person and to see if you’ll get along with them. You don’t want to hire someone who is rude to you or your guests.
4. Dig deep
You don’t want to be placing your wedding photographer in the hands of an amateur or of a shyster. Go online and look for some reviews of their photography. Then check if they have a contingency plan — do they have contacts who can takeover if they can’t make it on the day? Make sure they have insurance, too — not all venues will allow photographers to work on the premises if they’re uninsured. Just as importantly, do they have backup equipment? To not have backup equipment is poor preparation and if they don’t, you should consider seriously whether you want to hire the photographer. If their equipment fails, the photographer is going to fail you.
5. Ask to see wedding albums
The proof is always in the pudding and it’s perfectly normal to ask to see a photographer’s work. Review the wedding albums with a keen eye. Look for the key moments that you’d want to capture at your wedding. Did they get them? Are the images crisp or blurred? It’s better to view two or three albums than just one, so that you can get a better idea of the photographer’s work.
Take the steps above and you’ll be able to make a difficult decision much more easily. A good wedding photographer will be well prepared, experienced and know their worth. Choose one that matches these requirements and your budget and who also be pleasant and respectful of you and your guests. A photographer who ticks all these boxes is a photographer worth hiring.
By Peter Jenkins