11 things to consider when choosing your wedding photographer
08 Jul 2016
Finding a photographer who is right for you and your wedding is a time-consuming task. Christina Davies of Fish2 Photography offers her expertise in discovering the perfect match
The responsibility of your wedding photographer is huge. Perfectly capturing the hard copy memories of your wedding, there is enormous pressure to deliver on the day. Make sure your photographer is the right choice with these words of wisdom from Fish2 Photography.
1. Research your style
Every photographer has a different style. It’s a little like wedding dresses they all do the same thing, but styles and patterns vary. It's the same with photographers; we all have varying styles and it’s important to know what you prefer so you can pick a photographer that takes those kind of photos. I describe my style as natural, fun and romantic. I love capturing the couple's personalities and bringing that out in the photos, but others will describe themselves differently, so ask!
2. Visit websites
Have a look online using Google, Facebook and Instagram to find photographers in the Lancashire area. Everyone nowadays has a website, so look through it and read the ‘about me’, ‘reviews or tesimonials’ , blogs and weddings sections. This will help you get a better idea of the photographer's style, personality and where they are based.
3. Visit wedding fayres
Wedding fares may be scary places with everyone vying for brides' attention, but they are a great place to meet suppliers and photographers. If you have a shortlist of photographers whose work you have seen, email and ask them what fayre said they will be at. It’s a great place to chat and see more of the photos they have and products they offer.
4. Arrange an informal chat with your top two photographers
I always offer to meet people without them feeling like they have to book me, as I feel it's important that we get on. After all, you will be spending the day with this person so you need to feel comfortable around them. After meeting them, you will be able to chat with your fiancé and decide who you prefer style and personality wise.
Spend some time after you have met your top two photographers revisiting their website, flyers, blogs and social media sites. Chat with your fiancé and see who you both feel comfortable with. Don’t be pushed into booking there and then. I hate the hard sell and never like to push people to decide, it’s important you take your time but make sure you ask the photographer to let you know if anyone else enquires about your date so you don’t lose out.
6. Don't just decide on price
Yes, budgets are important and weddings are expensive, but like anything in life you get what you pay for so cheap isn’t always best, neither is the most expensive. Photographs are the one thing you will have from your day that you will keep forever and you don’t want to regret not spending that little bit extra to get the photographer you love rather than the one you 'kind of like'.
As soon as you have decided which photographer you prefer - book them! It may sound silly but the sooner you book and get your date in their diary the sooner you can relax, about that one thing anyway.
7. Try not to stress if you don’t hear from us
Don’t worry too much if, after you have booked, you don’t hear much from your photographer. Our biggest part of your wedding is the prep, the day and the editing. After booking with clients I may email a few times to see how everything is going, but it is about a month before the big day that I will kick off my planning, visiting the venue to check for wet and dry weather options, meeting with the clients, briefing my second shooter and making sure I have all the kit ready.
8. Make time
Make sure you have enough time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast to do all the formal and couple photos. I normally suggest 20 - 45 minutes for formal photographs dependent upon your list and 45 minutes for couple photos with about 15/20 minutes for bridal party fun and posed shots.
9. Have some ideas in mind
Although you have hired the photographer for their style and creativity, it is important that you have some input also. Think of ideas like wellies on a farm or a gorgeous lace umbrella, but don’t overload your photographer with Pinterest ideas. Pinterest is great as a starting point but it’s your wedding and should reflect who you both are as a couple.
10. Trust your photographer
On your wedding day try and sit back and relax; you have prepped and planned with your photographer and they know what they are doing, so trust them. You don’t need to worry about the rain or Great Aunt Edna wanting a photo. You and your photographer have planed a timeline, photos and locations. If it rains, embrace it! Use brollies and wellies and don’t forget there is always another little break before the evening do where you can catch up on some photos if you are missing ones.
11. Engagement shoot
Although engagement shoots aren’t really big here in the UK, I think they are a great idea! Not only do you get photos you can use on your invites, but you can also use the session as a small taster of what to expect from your photographer on the day. I would highly recommend this option, especially if you are a little unsure about having someone photograph you all day and are feeling nervous. It can settle your mind and you get great photos you can pop on your social media in the process.