Finding a great wedding photographer can be difficult. Unlike the food and flowers, your wedding photographs will be around for decades. It’s not easy to find a photographer who can match your taste and aesthetic, someone who you can trust to capture those precious moments.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have some great tips to help you make sense of it all:
One of the most tried and true methods of finding the right photographer is by word of mouth. More often than not, friends share a common style and budget. If you find yourself getting all dreamy looking at your friend’s wedding pictures, ask them.
START WITH ONE VENDOR
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. In the wedding industry, pretty much everybody knows everybody. Ask for recommendations from your florist, wedding planner or even your wedding cake baker. You can also visit their website and check out if they credit any photographers at the weddings they worked for. It will give you an idea about whether or not their styles match.
FIND YOUR STYLE
Decide whether you prefer the organic aesthetics of film or the classic, crisp style of digital photography. Take the time out to look through a photographer’s portfolio so you can find what fits your style. Are you looking for traditional posed portraits or documentary, candid style? If you’re looking for something in particular, find a photographer who specialises in it.
MAKE SURE YOU CLICK!
Don’t underestimate the power of chemistry in photography. Is your photographer just as excited as you are when you share your vision? Does the conversation flow effortlessly on both sides when you talk about your vision? Or do they struggle to understand you? Remember – he is going to be lurking around when you share the most intimate moments of your lives. Make sure you trust the photographer and that you feel comfortable around them.
REVIEW THEIR WORK WITH A CRITICAL EYE
Ask for full galleries from past weddings. Simply looking at the highlights they provide in their portfolio will not give you a realistic idea of their work. Reviewing full galleries will show you how well they cover a wedding from start to finish. It is also very important that your photographer catches the right emotions at the right time.
Packages generally range from £2,500 to £15,000+, depending on what the clients want, the number of albums, where the photographer is based, etc. When you interview candidates, ask them for a general range based on their package, album rate, shooting fee, etc. Find out what they offer in their standard package, and any extras like special effects, engagement shoot, additional coverage, etc.
GET POSTPRODUCTION DETAILS
It usually takes six to eight weeks for the photographer to give you the photo proofs back. Ask your photographer how many images you should expect, the resolution of the photographs, whether you will be able to get prints made yourself, etc. Also, ask for special effects and retouching options and whether they charge additional costs for it.