Choosing a photographer may be a struggle with some couples as they don’t know where to begin or what to look for.
There is no need to panic as they can easily get some well-recommended supplier names from their wedding venue or wedding websites. Contact them and meet with the photographer to discuss their options for their perfect day. You do need to choose someone that you are comfortable with, excellent at what they do and most importantly capturing all those special moments of your wedding day, so you both can look back for years to come on your fabulous day.
Make a shortlist of how many photographers you have in mind
Maybe keep it to 3, any more can seem like too much hard work and not fun, as it should be. Ensure they are reputable recommendations and look at some reviews, this will also help you to decide on a photographer.
Find out are they available for your date before you meet them
You don’t want to be wasting their time & yours.
Check out their website and Social Media
Within seconds you will be able to get a feel of their style, if they’ve kept up-to-date with trends and their eye for detail.
Do they work with a shot list?
If you have a certain photo you really want to be captured of you & your godchild or great aunt. Most couples will know what they want for their wedding and that includes a precise list of moments to be captured on camera from first looks to family photographs and all those little details.
Do they have a back-up plan?
What if something should happen on the day of your wedding, which is very rare, would they have a stand by a person to cover them?
Look at their shooting style
Do they blend into the background and capture each wedding naturally without posed images, are their editing styles soft images or light: do they use filters to create added drama – choose the style you prefer and look for a photographer who will deliver this. Do you prefer a photographer who directs guests & bridal parties to preferred places? Have they shot at your location before as this will be a distinct advantage as your photographer will know your venue well and if they are not familiar with your location, they can always call to the venue and have a look around to get a feel for the venue?
Check out the packages
Check out the packages and if your album is included or will it be extra, do you receive a USB containing your images, do you receive any prints within your packages, and a nice option is to get smaller albums for your parents and family with 10 or 15 photographs for them to have for years to come. This allows you to budget for any extras. How many hours are included in your package that you choose? Will there be a second shooter with them and if so, will this be an extra cost? Do they have any advice to give you – they are the professionals & what they do, they do it really well.
Planning the budget
Generally, your wedding photography should be 10-20% of your overall budget for your wedding. Phone your favourites and get a price, meet with them, discuss what you both want. Choose the best you can afford as your photographs will be looked at for generations to come and will bring back so many special memories of your Wedding Day, so having the right person & right product is vitally important. Do they require a deposit? when must the final instalment be paid and what payment plan have they in place – just some of the questions you would need to know. Organisation and knowing what is involved is key before signing on the dotted line.
How long will you be waiting for your photos afterwards?
It can be pretty hard after arriving back from your honeymoon dying to reminisce the memories from your special day. At least if you have a time-frame in mind, it might help ease the pain of waiting.
Tip of the Week:
My tip this week, speaking of Photographers, just make sure that you have access should you wish to get prints at a later date after your wedding album is complete: some save photos up to 7 years, there may be a photograph there that someone might wish to have of your special day, so it’s good that you can get it at a later date.
Trend of the Week:
This is a fabulous gown from Pronovias called Rafaga. Large-train mermaid design giving it a touch of simplicity, combining a neckline with long sleeves. The back of this dress is the best-kept secret with its transparent back and appliques of organza flowers and gemstones.