Top tips for choosing your wedding photographer
Photographer Marion Frances, www.marionfrances.co.uk, offers her tips on choosing your wedding photographer
Choosing the professional to capture the most important day of your life for you is an important decision. You may have spent months or even years planning your perfect day; the venue, the dress, the cake, the flowers the guest list….. and once the ceremony is over, the cake has been eaten, the dress boxed and stored it is your photographs that will live on, a constant reminder of your special day.
How do I choose a photographer?
Recommendations have to be the best way. Ask to see other couples’ photographs and albums. Is it in the style that you like? Ask how much they paid; is it in your budget? Another good way to meet photographers is at wedding fairs. You can chat and get to know them, ask as many questions as you want, see their work all in a non-threatening environment. Make sure you see examples of complete weddings, not just some carefully chosen images. Lastly there is the internet. If you chose someone like this then you will have to ask them to come and see you but make it clear when you arrange this that you will not be making a decision there and then. Tell them you have others to see, even if you don’t!
What ‘package’ is right for you?
Most photographers offer ‘packages’ at different prices. This can be organised around the amount of time they spend with you or around what they include for you. Decide which parts of the day you would like recorded before you start your search. Even though this is the age of the digital image not all photographers will give you a CD of high-resolution (print quality) images. Check carefully before you book. Photographers also have access to high quality albums, whether you prefer a traditional album with ‘prints’ behind mounts or the more modern coffee table books always ask to see samples. The photographers design skill could make the difference to whether you love it or hate it.
What is the right price to pay?
That’s the big question! The rule of thumb is that about 10% of your overall budget should be spent on photography. Some will spend a lot more some a lot less. It may seem attractive to only pay £300 for a photographer but at the ‘cheap’ end of the market you will find new photographers, hobby photographers and those who offer a very basic service (minimal time with you and minimal time on the images afterwards). Mid range you will find the more experienced photographers who will also spend more time on your images afterwards and will give a good all round performance with good posing and composition techniques. At the high end of the price range you will find award-winning photographers who will deliver high end, highly artistic, stylised images. These can be stunning but do make sure that their ‘style’ is what you like before you spend a lot of money, they can often require a longer amount of time out of your day too.
Whoever you choose to record your day ensure it is someone that you get on with! They are going to be with you all day. We have all heard horror stories about nightmare photographers; you don’t want one of those!
This article was written by Marion Frances LRPS, an award-winning photographer based in Devon and covering the South West. You can see her work on her website www.marionfrances.co.uk and contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07828 732636.