What should be the most important thing a couple should think about when choosing a wedding photographer?
First, meet a photographer you want to book. I think it goes without saying that finding a photographer you like is super important. There’s no way that choosing a photographer who you think is great but you don’t get on like a house on fire with is going to work. If that photographer can’t make you laugh, get the best out of you, there won’t be those relaxed smily images you want. Choose a photographer that has pictures in their portfolio that capture the way you would like to remember your wedding.
Always ask to see a whole album, not only ‘the best of’. Try not to shop on price! I know it is so easy to say, but when the budgets are tight it’s easy to look at the pound signs before the work/talent/ability itself. Try to research photographers that tick the boxes visually and then narrow down to what fits your budget.
Its important for a couple to spend time with their photographer before the wedding day! Fact.
If you don’t meet your photographer before the wedding, even just on Skype, you are taking a risk, mainly because you don’t know if you click. This person is going to be with you all day long, during one of the most important day of your life. It’s vital you will feel comfortable with them.
I always try to meet my couples at the venue prior to the wedding. During such a meeting you can show your photographer round and point out all the things you love about the place so that she/he can capture it from your perspective on the day. For me, getting to know my clients before the wedding is important because I don’t like to rattle out the same routine. Every wedding is unique and capturing it should reflect the couple in question.
The best advice I would give to any couple getting married :
Do not save money on wedding photography! The photos are the lasting memories of the day, and so many couples are left upset and disappointed because they choose a cheap photographer without experience who just didn’t know how to capture the day. A professional photographer will also have invested in the best kit and will put in the time and effort to make sure your wedding photos are incredible – and this includes hours of post-processing to really make them shine. Cheap photographers will just ‘shoot and burn’ – giving you flat, dull and unedited photos. You should put aside at last 10% of your wedding budget for the photography, and make sure yo look at your prospective photographers portfolios, and make sure you as to see a full wedding album to make sure they just didn’t get lucky on a few shots.
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