So it just got real!!
He asked the question, or maybe she did? Either way it just went to another level of joy with that little hint of “oh @£$% this is actually happening!!”
Here’s a little blog to help you should you be getting married soon. Choosing your wedding photographer can be a bit daunting, so making sure you have thought things through a bit is essential. Here’s a few tips.
1. Pick a style.
There are so many styles to choose from it can be hard to decide. Chances are you have an idea of what you like and don’t like, but if you don’t start by typing #weddingphotograhy in Instagram and look through some images. The ones you like will usually have a common hashtag, something like #documentaryphotographer, #reportage #realmoments #fineartwedding or something like that. You’ll soon find what you are into and can move forward with that.
2. Find a photographer.
Wedding photography is one of the most saturated photography markets out there, so there is plenty to choose from. Doesn’t mean they are all good, or friendly (more about that below) but there’s plenty around. Create a list, don’t think price at this stage, just start putting your list together.
3. Meet the photographer.
You can do this via Skype or meet them face to face. I like to meet face to face with my clients if I can. If my couples are far away, which they often are, I’ll skype with them so we can have a good chat and do the face to face thing online. It works just fine.
Your photographer should lead you through a bunch of questions to help you nail down timings etc. I have a standard set of questions to help people with planning the day. With around 300 weddings photographed in the last 10 years I have seen what works and doesn’t work. Meeting your photographer face to face will give give him or her the chance to run through some key parts of the day with you. Your photographer should be a helpful person… which leads me onto my next point.
4. Follow your gut…
What I mean by this isyou really need to like your photographer!If you’re not sure if he or she is a good fit for you, then do not book them. They may have the best portfolio ever, the greatest reviews and perfect teeth! But… if you’re not sure about them then don’t do it, don’t book them, follow your gut!
Your photographer is such an important part of the day, they are so close to you, your friends and family that it really must be a good fit.
We have all heard the scary stories of photographers being pushy and demanding on the day. Photographers that have been around for a while can get a bit like that, just another day at the office kind of thing. When I am coaching photographers I am always reminding them that it may be their 200thwedding, but for the majority of our couples it’s their first, so treat it that way!!
5. Decide on your budget.
Let’s deal with the elephant in the room; price!
You will be spending quite a lot on your photography, there’s no way around that.
A good photographer should someone you can trust completely with capturing your day. They should have plenty of experience, be able to deal with all kinds of people, stay on his/her feet for 12 hours and work really hard. Be friendly even when he/she is super hungry and done 20000 steps (Fitbit says that’s my average step count on a wedding day) and deliver the best right until the very last image is taken. They should be able to anticipate what is going to happen and stay completely focussed all day on capturing your day just as it happens. They will also need to edit your images and deliver them in a matter of weeks (not months). On top of all that they must, to quote Rihannah, make you feel like you are the only girl (couple) in the world. This is not a conveyor belt thing, and it’s not a regular office job. It’s a mixture of passion, art, personality, skill, fun and some sweat (in the heat of the summer anyway).
So this is why you need to spend some money to get what you want. Don’t ask your mate who spent far too much on his camera in the black Friday sale. You may think you have saved money, but in reality you have simply lost the opportunity to see your wedding captured in the way it should have been.
You will need to prepare yourself to spend around £1500+ Take a look at the info pack to see what that should get you.
Anyway, I hope this has helped you a bit, I would love to hear from you if you are getting married in 2020 or 2021.