How to choose a wedding photographer can be quite a daunting task as you don’t really know what you are getting until after your wedding!
So its important to do research on how to choose a wedding photographer and look at the style of their photographs and decide what type of photographs you want.
I have put together a few tips for you to consider when choosing your wedding photographer:
Research, research, research!
If it’s looking at reviews on the internet, asking friends and family or looking through social media it’s important to look at as many photographers as possible to find what sort of pictures grab your eye within the budget you set yourself. Read testimonials and independent reviews to establish who gives the best service, as well as the best pictures that suit your style.
2. Decide what style of photographs you like.
Your wedding photographs will be something you treasure and look at time and time again, long after your dress is stored away in the attic or the wedding cake has been eaten! So it’s important to decide what style you like so your wedding photographer understands your ideas and produces pictures that meet your brief. Don’t be afraid of cutting pictures out of magazines that you like as your wedding photographer will be grateful of any artistic direction you can give.
3. Meet as many photographers as you can.
Always ensure you ask to meet your wedding photographer so you understand how they work and if you feel you will get on together on the day. Your wedding photographer will spend most of the day with you so it’s piece of mind that you know they will direct you accordingly on the day in order to get the shots you want and to direct your guests for group shots. Discuss your venue, wedding style and any pictures you have seen that you like.
4. Compare packages.
Never be afraid to ask exactly what is included in the package price. For example, if a disc is included in the package, are you able to print or copy from the disc? How many albums do you get and will you get any additional prints? It’s also important to understand how many hours coverage you want and ensure your budget covers the hours you want a photographer there for. Always find out if the wedding over runs do you have to pay extra and if so, what is the hourly rate? These are all important questions to ask to ensure there is no awkwardness after your wedding if you’re presented with a bill you didn’t know about!
5. Review examples of work with a critical eye!
Don’t base your decision on the first album you see on a photographer’s website. Always make sure you see a varied amount of work and ensure you get a well rounded idea of their work. A good wedding photographer should have a lot of weddings for you to view as well as testimonials to give you confidence in their work and service they provide. Never be afraid to ask to see more work or ask can you speak to previous customers to get an idea of their reputation and service they provide.
Click here for another article by Inside Weddings on 10 more helpful questions to ask before hiring your potential wedding photographer.
If you have any further questions for me, please do get in touch!