Wedding Photographer

February 09, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Wedding PhotographyWedding Photography Looking for a wedding photographer and don't know where to start?  Here's a few tips to help you:

  • Social media or search engine?  We've all done it, used social media requesting recommendations for a particular service / trade.  This can send you in a bit of a spin with the amount of feedback you get and don't forget, your ideal photographer may not see your request.  So I recommend you start looking on a search engine ie Google and look for photographers in your area / cover your home county.  To be honest, most wedding photographers will travel anywhere but you may have to pay an additional fee to cover the cost of travel and expenses.  You can always extend your search onto social media later if needs be.
  • Portfolio: When looking for a wedding photographer, the first thing that comes to mind is cost when actually, it should be portfolio.  If you like their style of work then that is the first step
  • Meet your photographer.  If you feel relaxed and comfortable in their company then you will work well together.  Most photographers also offer 'engagement shoots' so you get the chance to work together before your special day
  • Contract: Your photographer will raise and provide a contract outlining the details of your day for you and your photographer to sign.  If one isn't provided their insurance isn't valid for your wedding.
  • Fees: I have heard a few horror stories over the years of couples opting for a 'cheaper' wedding photographer and the final collection has left them in tears, not of happiness but despair.  Don't be put off if the fees are a little outside of your budget as most wedding photographers will offer a payment plan and if you're not sure, ask!
  • Be prepared to pay a non-refundable deposit (normally around £250) - this secures your day and your photographer will turn away other work that coincides with your day
  • What are you paying for - in this instance a digital package:
    • Your photographer's experience and professional service
    • Meeting(s) either in person or by conference call
    • Visit / research on venue(s)
    • Administration - raising and provision of contract
    • Liaison between photographer and Registrar / Vicar / Priest
    • Engagement shoot (if you have opted for this it's normally a few weeks before your special day)
    • Your special day - capturing those special moments to provide a lifetime of memories (your photographer should be arriving around 45 minutes to an hour before your ceremony)
    • The 'hidden hours'  - editing time.  For every hour photographing a wedding, on average the edit time is 2-3 hours
    • Password protected gallery on your photographers website
    • A USB containing your professional high resolution images
    • Insurance - all reputable wedding photographers will have insurance

I hope these few tips help you with your quest to find the right wedding photographer for you.  If you'd like to know more, feel free to get in touch and one last thing, many congratulations on your upcoming special day!

 


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