Capture the moment
Booking wedding photographer should be high up your to-do list says Amanda from Two Become One wedding photography. Just make sure you get the right one for you and don’t end up paying a fortune.
The venue is booked and the date is written boldly on the calendar - now it’s time to start looking for your wedding photographer. Choosing the right photographer to capture those special moments can seem difficult and is often expensive, but remember that the most pricey photographer won’t necessarily give you the best photographs.
The first step is to check out the websites of local photographers and ask for recommendations from friends, then look at their work, search for reviews and see if you like their style.
Once you’ve chosen your photographer, make sure you maintain a close relationship with them before the day. Have a chat and make your photographer aware of any photographs with friends and family that are important to you or out of the ordinary. That way they can schedule these into the shoot to ensure it goes quickly and smoothly. Equally as important discuss with the photographers any shots you do not want him or her to take.
If possible arrange for your photographger to visit the venue so they can plan their shots and vantage points. The perfect time for this might be the rehearsal service.
Some photographers offer different packages for you to choose from – these can include photo books or traditional albums, or a CD of all your images to do with as you please, look through and decide what you like best and what suits your budget.
Do not be pressurised into making quick decisions by a photographer. You should feel comfortable and relaxed and only get the services you want – if you don’t want a book or a post wedding champagne session then just say so. They should be able to accommodate you.
Pre-wedding shoots as part of your wedding package are a good idea, and a chance to get to know your photographer and get you used to being in front of the camera and for the photographer to get an idea of what style you want. This usually takes place at your home or a favourite location and you should get some lovely shots to keep.
The more information you can give the photographer before the wedding to help him or her to plan their photographs the better and that way everything will run smoothly and quickly so you can enjoy the most important day of your life and relive those special moments every time you look at your photographs for years to come.