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How to choose your wedding photographer?

03 Apr 2020

Suffolk wedding photographers offer advice for choosing the perfect photographer to capture your big day 

Image: Top two Creative Pixel Photography / Bottom two Matthew Frost Photography

Allen Blasdell, of Creative Pixel Photography, has seven years' experience as a professional photographer and has covered around 120 weddings - from two-hour registry office ceremonies to a three-day wedding celebration on a Greek Island. 

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Creative Pixel Photography

“My style of wedding photography is documentary - I aim to tell the story of your day in pictures, from the laughing and giggling of the bride getting ready, through to the intimate quiet moments with the mother of the bride”, says Allen. “I also spend time creating magazine cover type photos - where the background is perfect, the setting, the lighting and the pose to give you the best photos you'll ever have. I consider you, your wedding venue, your dress, and theme so that your wedding photos perfectly reflect your day.” 

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Creative Pixel Photography

Allen’s top tips for choosing your wedding photographer are as follows: 

Relax and enjoy your day. You would have spent weeks and months and hundreds of hours thinking and planning - today is the day to enjoy it all. If something isn't quite right try and just accept it - it's unlikely to really affect your day so don't sweat the small stuff. 

When planning your wedding remember this only happens once. Everyone breaks the budget but you'll remember your day forever - the bills you'll forget in weeks. Have the very best you can possibly afford.  

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Creative Pixel Photography

Do spend time finding a photographer who will give you photographs you'll be totally in love with. It's all you'll have left over.  Make sure you get any "must have" shots - if you want a sunset photo in a field then make sure your photographer knows that and that they get it. Don't accept excuses. 

Let others help. Planning a wedding is a big ask. Don't feel you have to do it all yourself - especially on the day - make sure you delegate jobs and that people know the part they're playing. 

Balance your timings. I've photographed weddings that were planned and executed with military precision which lost the fun and spontaneity that should have been there - on the other hand there needs to be someone who'll keep roughly to a schedule otherwise the food gets cold or there's no time for photos. 

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Creative Pixel Photography

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 Creative Pixel Photography

 

 

Matt Frost, of Matthew Frost Wedding Photography, began his photographer journey in 2008 with studying the art of photography. By 2010 he had become a highly commended landscape photographer before moving his attention to the telling of couples wedding stories. 

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Matthew Frost Photography

“My style of photography is very much natural documentary”, explains Matt. “I try to have as little influence as I can in any given scene captured on camera. Even with the bride and groom shoot, I will set a scene composition that I want to capture the couple in but what they do in that scene is completely down to them. This way whatever happens is natural and not forced.” 

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Matthew Frost Photography

Matt offers two packages for couples.  

Package one: A half day digital package for £695 and includes either: getting ready up to a couples shoot following the ceremony, or from the beginning of the ceremony until the first dance and a little bit of afters. All images are delivered both in colour as well as black and white versions. 

Package two: Full day digital at £995, which includes everything from getting ready up until the first dance and beyond. Depending on how the day is set up, Matt will try to get couples alone for at least two shoots, one during daylight hours and another at night and or sunset. Couples will usually receive around 400+ images. Colour edits will also be delivered in black and white as well, so this number can be doubled. 

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Matthew Frost Photography

"With both packages all the images are then viewable in a private online gallery and couples will also receive the full resolution images on a personalised USB drive and presentation case enabling them to print as they wish”, says Matt. “I also have a luxury seamless lay flat album service. Unlike a lot of photographers I run this separately to my photography packages and will only except orders for these after the wedding. This allows couples to come to me and request an album having already seen their collection, instead of having one made up because they have already paid for it. 

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Matthew Frost Photography

“Due to the level of customisation on these albums also makes it impossible for me to add it to a photography package without knowing exactly what the couple want. Prices for these start at around £80 up to around £350 and much more depending on the requested customisation and number of images.” 

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Matthew Frost Photography

Matt’s top tips for choosing your wedding photographer are as follows: 

Make sure that the style of the photographer is matches with what you envisioned your day looking like after the event. These images are with you for life and so this is very important. 

Consider how you want your images to make you feel when you see them. When you come across a photographers work that makes you feel the same way, stop looking. You have found your photographer. 

Meet up with your photographer before you book. A photographers work maybe exactly what you are looking for but if you don’t get on, your images will suffer as this is guaranteed to show on camera. 

Don’t necessarily look for photographers that know your venue well. A fresh eye usually always gives you fresh results. The last thing you want is for your day that you have planned uniquely to look exactly like someone else’s wedding. 

If you really value your wedding images and want to make it a priority, then try not to compromise on price. You really do get what you pay for in this industry. Cheaper options, more often than not, produce cheaper results. 

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Matthew Frost Photography

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