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How to choose your wedding photographer

Follow these steps to find the perfect photographer for your wedding day

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How to choose your wedding photographer
Find the right photographer for you. Image Huma06

Looking to find a brilliant wedding photographer to capture your wedding day but not sure where to start? We reveal the key things to look out for when choosing your photographer.

1. Suss out your style
Do you prefer a natural documentary style of photography or the more traditional posed photos? Or perhaps you’d prefer something with a little bit of a high art edge? Decide on the type of images you like and find a photographer to match.

2. Ask around
Did your best mate have particularly beautiful wedding photos? Or maybe you spotted some lovely snaps of a Uni friend on Facebook. Don’t be afraid to ask the people you know for recommendations and read lots of reviews online.


Image: Olliver Photography

3. Arrange a date
Find some time to have a chat with one or two photographers you like the look of (ideally in person or maybe on Skype). It’s important that you feel comfortable around them and they understand what you want.

4. See some wedding albums
Photographers usually display the highlights of weddings on their website portfolios. Ask to see a full wedding album so you can see which moments they were able to capture (and any they missed!).

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5. Discuss timings
Think about when you want your photographer to arrive and depart. If you want them to capture you getting ready or your first dance you will need to let them know. If your groom also wants some morning snaps you’ll need a second shooter – this of course all effects the overall cost. 


Image: Huma06

6. Retouching?
Will your photographer edit all your photos or just the ones you select? Also get an idea of how much colour correction and retouching they do – all photographers vary depending on their style.

7. Deliverables
Digital files only, a full album or a mix of the two? Find out exactly what you will receive, a rough idea of how many images you can expect and how long they will take to arrive. Be aware that during busy summer months editing photographs can take around six-eight weeks.


Image: Nick Ray Photography

Our easy photography style guide:

Reportage
Documentary-style photographers will take unposed pictures to create the natural story of your day.

Traditional
Traditional, posed photography will capture all the big moments of your wedding day, from saying ‘I do’ to cutting the cake – think Granny’s wedding album

Lifestyle
Candid-style shots with some direction and a bit more posed. The documentary look with the benefit of a bit of styling!

High art
Seen some super funky images on Pinterest and want to get creative? The high art option is perfect for arty couples who love the idea of a wedding day photo shoot.

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