Choosing your wedding photographer

TOP TEN TIPS

Questions to ask when choosing the right photographer for you.

There are many important decisions to be made before your wedding day none more so than choosing the right photographer. This person will be with you for most of the day and depending on the style of photography you choose, may need to talk to you and your guests at some point. Plus, along with your rings, your photographs may be the only items from your day that you may look at over the years to come.

Here are my top ten tips for choosing the right wedding photographer for you.

  1. Decide on the style of photography you like best:

Traditional, Reportage/documentary, contemporary high fashion, modern stylised, vintage, or a mixture. Look at websites, magazines, Pinterest etc to choose the style that is right for you and that reflects your personality.

Don’t choose a photographer for another reason (price perhaps) and then ask them to take a different style of photograph than those you have seen in their portfolio. They will be a specialist in this style and may not be as good at something else.  Some will be able to do a mixture but go by what you have seen of their work.

Think about how the style may also impact on your day. Documentary/reportage will mean you spend more time with your guests and are unaware that photographs are being taken for most of the day.  Great for couples who are camera shy and want a true record of the emotion and atmosphere of their day. If you want highly posed photos you need to feel very comfortable with your photographer who will be asking you stop and pose at various points. High art or fashion contemporary portraits may mean being away from your party for some time.  A large list of group photos will also mean less time talking to guests and enjoying a drink during your drinks reception. It all depends on how you would like your day to flow and the type of photographs you would like.

2. Meet with at least three photographers. If you are seeing a large studio with more than one photographer make sure you meet with the photographer who will be taking the photos on your wedding day. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your photographer, especially the bride when getting ready in the morning. Also ask if this is their full time job? What experience/qualifications/training do they have.

3.  What equipment does the photographer use? Is it professional kit?  Do they have a range of lenses? How do they cope with low light and different weather conditions? Do they have spares, backups and how and when do they backup your pictures and store them for the future?

4. Do they supply albums, coffee table books, images on disc or usb? If the photographer offers albums only and provides a proof book with photographs for you to choose from, check how many photos you get within the price and whether there is an extra charge for extra photos or images on USB/disc.

5.  Ask for details of full pricing, can you choose a disc/usb option now and opt for books/albums later? Is there any flexibility on hours they will cover on the day and style and size of albums or books they provide? Do they offer bespoke packages?

6.  Make sure you see examples of complete wedding albums not just cherry picked pictures from different weddings.

7.  Check the small print. Are the photos on the disc/usb in High Resolution with no watermark? How many images do you get and what are the reproduction rights? Photographers hold the copyright but they can give you rights to copy and share for personal use.

8.  Does the photographer visit the venue with you to discuss your plans for the day and include a pre- wedding photo shoot so that you can get used to the camera and the person behind it.? Do they attend any rehearsals you may be having?

9.  Do they have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance?  The venue also requires that the photographer has insurance.

10.  What happens if the photographer can't make it on the day? Is there a backup system in place?

I hope this has been of some help and you find the perfect photographer for you.

For a complete A-Z of questions to ask when choosing your photographer, please contact me. karen@parkwinphotgraphy.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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