Choose The Right Wedding Photographer
A hugely important part of your wedding planning process is selecting the photographer who will capture those all important images. After all, your big day tends to pass by in a bit of blur and the wonderful photographs are the main thing you have to remember the day once it’s over. Plus, your wedding photographer will be an important presence on the day itself, capturing everything from the bridal party preparations to the cutting of the cake and onto the last dance of the evening, so it’s important to make the right choice. The right wedding photographer is a very personal choice. You have to love their work, but also feel comfortable with them being around on a highly intimate and emotional day. The right match is out there, you just have to know what you’re looking for…
First and foremost, you have to love the creative side of the images your wedding photographer produces. From reportage style to more formal portraits, capturing the little details or staging magical, one-of-a-kind shots, try looking through some Pinterest wedding photography boards to see what type of images make your heart sing. Then use that to narrow down your selection to someone in the right location with the right style of photography. A simple search within your local area for wedding photographers will turn up a huge range of results. Narrow these down into two or three shortlisted ones. Check the photographers About page to get a sense of who they are and how they like to work.
A wedding photographer is present at most parts of one of the most significant days of your life, so it’s crucial that you get on well with them. The right photographer will put you and your guests at ease, and in doing so, will be able to capture better shots.
Prices and what is included vary hugely from snapper to snapper, so look into the offer carefully. Things to consider are whether or not they offer the option for a second shooter to work with them – especially handy if you’re having a large wedding – whether they provide high-resolution digital photos (many do not, or charge extra, and all prints have to be done through them) while some offer things such make sure that the package you select contains what you want so you don’t get stung with hidden extras.
An experienced photographer has the confidence and knowledge to ‘art direct’ aspects of your wedding while also not being too obtrusive on the day. It’s a role that requires them to work under pressure, so if they haven’t done many weddings they may not have mastered this skill. Word of mouth or written recommendations from previous couples the photographer has worked with will tell you a lot, so seek them out – a bunch of glowing references is a sign you’re likely to have a positive experience and capture the wedding images of your dreams.