Your wedding photographs will last long after your wedding day so you want to make sure you get your photography right! Here are our top tips to finding ther perfect wedding photographer and having mementos that will last a lifetime!
1 Find your style
The first thing to consider is what style of photography you’d like for your big day. The different styles on offer split into three broad categories: traditional, reportage and contemporary – take a look at our quick photography style guide to learn more.
2 Choosing your photographer
Browse wedding blogs to get a feel for the style you like, then ask friends or family for recommendations. Once you’ve found photographers in your area, check out their websites so you can get an idea of their images.
“Shortlist three photographers you like based on their work – this will give you an idea of what to budget,” advises London-based wedding photographer Polly Alexandre (alexandreweddings.com). “Choose someone you like, get along with and feel comfortable with”.
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3 Book in advance
Book your photographer as soon as you can – the best ones get booked up early! “Saturdays, bank holiday weekends, and dates in June to September are popular so book your photographer as soon as you have your date and venue secured,” says Polly.
4 Share your ideas
While your photographer should have lots of ideas, it’s important to let them know what you have in mind. “Share any likes and dislikes with them,” says Polly. “They should be interested in listening to your thoughts.”
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5 Check the small print
Once you’ve had a quote, check that it includes any additional accommodation or transport costs. Find out exactly what your package includes too – will you get an album, or just an image CD? “Check that your photographer carries public liability and professional indemnity insurance too,” Polly advises.
6 Stick to your budget
The best wedding photographers charge upwards of £1,000, and can take up a considerable percentage of your wedding budget. “If you can’t afford the photographer you want, consider having them for less time, choosing a smaller album or using someone they’re able to recommend,” suggests Polly.