Your wedding day, one of the best days of your life and something, that for most, only happens once in a lifetime. It is a celebration of love, hope, commitment and trust and it is a time shared with friends and family. So, it is no wonder people want to capture the day, allowing them to a have a perfect snapshot of the day at hand.
Before you go just hiring any photographer though you need to make sure they are able to offer the type of photographs you are after and here are some tips:
Think about the style you are after:
You may think there is just one style of photography, but you would be wrong. Each photographer has a style of their own, be it documentary; taking unposed photos of the action and decor of the day, with the aim is to capture those real and raw moments between all the wedding party. Or portraiture; think more posed photos of you and your loved ones, some portraiture photographers go for edgy photos, think the middle of the road, in a field or you all posed in interesting stances, while others go for a more traditional feel. Also, think about the location of your wedding, for instance, this beautiful wedding at Statham Lodge is just perfect for a traditional photography look.
You're likely to be bombarded with 100s of adverts for local photographers, but not all of them are going to be for you. You want to take time out to check their portfolio, allowing you to see their work and decide if it creates the feeling you are after. Also looking at their social media may allow you to see feedback from previous customers, if there have been any negative posts, that isn't always the be all and end all, check out how the photographer has responded.
Ask to meet those you like:
The person you choose is going to be responsible for a part of your day and therefore you have to trust them and you need to click. Arranging a meeting with them beforehand can give you both the opportunity to see if you think you can work together. Also remember to ask them to bring along some sample albums filled with previous work, giving you an opportunity to see what you will be buying.
Know what you are buying and how much it costs:
Wedding photos are one place you probably don't want to cut corners, after all you really do get what you pay for and as David from Leonardo Photography Studios says “don't base your choice on price or what's in the package. You always have to choose first based on the quality of the work.” However, everyone has a budget and so you want to talk frankly with your photographer about what you will get for your money, making sure you ask if there are any additional costs or if everything is included in the quote.
Don't forget to get a contract:
Once you have decided on the photographer, you want to make sure you get a contract in place. This should cover all eventualities, including should the worst happen and your photographer is ill on the big day. Remember before you sign to make sure you give it a good read through and make sure you are completely happy with all that is included.
Of course, there are more hints and tips to be found out there, but these should hopefully cover the basics and get you off to a good start with looking for the right photographer.
Do you have any tips you would add yourself?