7 Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
Weddings can be the most joyful, memorable, and the most important event in one’s life. A wedding involves charting a new path with someone you care very deeply about, and the emotions of the special day can often be overwhelming.
Have you met that special someone and plan to have a wedding sometime soon? If so, there are various things you need to consider to make your wedding the grand occasion it should be. You need to decide the kind of wedding you want, the food guests will eat, music to be played and who the wedding photographer will be.
Wedding photographers make it possible to experience anew the events of the day and will immortalise it for all of eternity. Indeed, choosing a wedding photographer might well be the biggest wedding-related decision you can make.
Listed below are no less than 7 factors you should keep carefully in mind when choosing your wedding photographer.
7 Most Important Factors To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Photographer In The UK
Setting a budget is the very first thing you need to do before hiring a wedding photographer to cover your dream wedding. The cost can vary widely but expect to cough up at least a thousand pounds, so, budget accordingly. Be sure to stick to your budget if you can and increase it only if no other options. The reason being that, the best wedding photographers are not cheap and hiring them can make a big difference. At the end of the day, your wedding photographs will be all that’s left to remind you of that awesome day. So, spend all you can afford to get the best photos of your special day.
I know this is an obvious factor but be sure to check the photographer’s availability and also ask if the main wedding photographer will be shooting your wedding or sending another wedding photographer. What you don’t want is to book a wedding photographer because you like their work and they have told you that they are available on your special day, and then find out that they won’t actually be there themselves. This can be disappointing especially when you don’t get the same level of service from the alternative, substitute or assistant wedding photographer. So, don’t be shy to ask these questions.
3. Style Of Wedding Photography
Wedding photography is more than simply pointing a camera at the grinning faces of you and your significant other. There are no less than 3 main styles of wedding photography and you need to consider which to choose for the most sublime effect. There’s Reportage Wedding Photography, Traditional Wedding Photography and Contemporary Wedding Photography. The first is much more candid and will capture the most genuine emotions and stories of them all. The second is posed and casts you and your mate in the most flattering light. The third is deeply artistic and needs a photographer whose vision and objectives perfectly align with yours. Decide which style of photography will be best for you and communicate this need to your chosen wedding photographer.
4. Wedding Portfolio
We cannot overemphasise the importance of previewing a portfolio when choosing a wedding photographer. Scrutinise this portfolio to be sure that the photographer takes shots the way you would want them to be on your wedding day. The photos in the portfolio must be of consistent quality and the artist behind them should be skilled at shooting in a variety of light conditions and capturing both individual and group shots. Look well before committing and preview as many photo albums and galleries as you can.
5. Wedding Location/Venue
Where is your wedding holding and does the wedding photographer know the venue like the back of their hand? Have they shot there before and are aware of possible tricky light conditions and the exact places for cranking out award-winning shots? Get answers to these and other related questions and you will have found the perfect wedding photographer who will make your wedding day immortal in more ways than you can imagine.
Knowing what your wedding photographer is offering is key to avoiding dissatisfaction, displeasure and any disagreement later on. Most wedding photographers normally state the hours of shoot, what time of the event they can shoot till, bridal preparation coverage, having an assistant wedding photographer on the day, image delivery after wedding, mode of delivering images, adding photo albums, customised USB, slideshows, high-resolution images, canvas print, full copyrights, online gallery and many more. Request for the photographer’s wedding packages to compare offerings and be clear of all the deliverables before, during and after the wedding before making that final decision.
7. Client Testimonies And Feedback
One of the best ways you can get a hold of skilful and experienced wedding photographers is to simply ask around. Perhaps, your neighbour whose daughter just got married might have a recommendation or that good friend of yours who just walked down the aisle might be able to point you in the right direction. You can also check out wedding photographers and reviews of their services online and try to contact these reviewers if you need something cleared up. Your wedding venue might also be able to recommend the best local wedding photographers in the business.
Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation on a wedding photographer for your special day and we will be very happy to assist.