Tips for choosing the right photographer

22 Mar 2014

Tips for choosing the right photographer

Getting the right photographer for your wedding is about more than just picking the first one you see. Make sure you start looking as early as possible as some get booked up well in advance, especially if you are getting married on a Saturday

Getting the right photographer for your wedding is about more than just picking the first one you see. Make sure you start looking as early as possible as some get booked up well in advance, especially if you are getting married on a Saturday

■ Do the research – look online, look at adverts in magazines and trawl through photographers’ websites until you find one you think would suit your style. Not everyone likes line-ups these days and photographers are more than willing to offer you a more candid service

■ Face to face – personalities are important so make the time to invite the photographer – or a couple of different ones if you can’t decide – to your home or visit them at their studio. You will quickly be able to work out if this is the person you want to play an important part in your wedding

■ Share your ideas – look through the albums they have to show you and point out photos you do like and those you don’t. The photographer will be just as keen to get it right as you are. Make sure they can show you whole albums of weddings covered to show you the consistency of quality

■ Yours for the day – most photographers will be yours for the whole day, from the bride getting ready to the first dance, but it is worth checking that this will be the case as some may have a limit on how long they can stay or how many shots they will take.

■ What is included – find out what you will get after the wedding, and how long it will take before you get to see your photos. They may have a standard package of one large shot and an album of photos but some have different levels of service, at different prices

■ The right style – if you opt for the traditional, formal album including classic pictures of the wedding party, the photographer will need a list of any line-up shots you want him to take well before the big day. On the other hand, you may choose a more candid approach of taking photos but there is a risk of missing some guests out so make sure the photographer knows you would want a picture of everyone

■ Film or digital – some photographers still prefer film to digital but the latter is more flexible, as pictures can be shown in black and white or partial colour and they can be enhanced.

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