It’s your wedding day! Everything needs to be perfect. You have spent months or even years planning every tiny detail. The actual wedding will only last a day but your photographs are your memories which will last forever, which is why it’s so important to find the right photographer.
I’ve met a lot of people who have been very disappointed in their chosen wedding photographer. I’ve also had upset couples come to me with other photographers work asking if there is anything I can do edit wise to make them useable. It’s very sad and a rubbish way to look back on one of the most important days of your life.
So these are my tips NOT to book someone because….
- They are cheap!!! It is so important you find and hire a photographer that you love. You need to look at their work and fall in love with it, not at the price tag. Photographing a wedding is extremely hard work, the day itself is really long and you’re constantly working and a real photographer will have to process all the images and will spend a few days after the wedding in the edit suite making sure everything is just perfect. This is all reflected in the price. The same goes with albums, a lot of albums are hand made and can take days to design and construct.
- They have ‘some’ stunning photos! It is so important that when choosing a photographer you ask to see the photos from complete weddings, not just settle with the few best ones they are showing off on their website. Most photographers will have private client galleries from previous weddings and will be happy to give you a password to view their work. These galleries will consist of anything between 250-500 photos depending on the photographer.
- They ‘will do’! You maybe looking at lots of photographers and struggling to find the time to meet up with them to view their work and see how you get on. It is important not to pick a photographer just because it is taking some time and seeming like an endless task, take your time and ensure you not only find a wedding photographers work that you love, but also a person behind the camera you love too. When you find them you will walk away feeling like you have just been speaking to a close friend, it is so important and makes a real difference to how you feel and come across in front of the camera.
- They are recommended by the Venue! Lots of wedding venues have their recommended suppliers and it’s a very close knit community. Definitely check them out but also have a look yourself. You may prefer styles of other photographers you may have seen on the list. Having someone new and fresh will put a whole new twist on your photos. It’s your wedding make sure you get the photographer that matches your style and personality!
- My Aunty has a new camera! Be it a relative or a friend this one is very common! Just because they may have an expensive camera doesn’t mean they have the experience and knowledge to go and capture a wedding. They may love photography, going out at weekends capturing landscape shots, or pictures of the kids playing in the park, however when it comes to weddings it is a dynamic fact paced event. They are also extremely full on and they certainly wouldn’t get a second to enjoy the day as a guest.
I hope these tips help! You only get one chance at capturing your wedding photos and after it is all over the photos are the one thing that will stay with you for ever, ensure you hire the best wedding photographer you can afford and hire the best person to capture your wedding day in the rule that you love. It is an investment that you will be glad you made years down the road when you look back through your wedding album and relive those special moments and emotions.
I’m a wedding photographer based in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. I’ve been photographing weddings mainly in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Surrey, Essex and London. But also covering the whole of England and many regions in France for the last 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough to document so many special days with lots of amazing couples and I can honestly say I’ve never had an unhappy customer.