How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

For anyone getting married finding wedding photographers is very easy. Most searches will find hundreds if not thousands of results. The selection is vast but that can make deciding which one to book a daunting task. Especially as it’s often not easy to compare one with another.

This post is intended to offer some advice about things to consider when choosing your wedding photographer.

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Think Long Term…

Your wedding day will arguably be one of the biggest and most expensive days of your life. You’ll spend a long time planning everything to the last detail and yet when it arrives it’s over in an instant. Once the car has driven away, the cake eaten, the guests returned home all that remains is a ring on your finger, your memories and your photographs. As the bride it’s your wedding and your memories you need to consider.

Top tip: Make sure that whoever you book to take your wedding photographs for you is up to the job. In many cases there isn’t a second chance to get it right.

Getting Along…

Having a professional photographer following you around for the day isn’t the norm for most people. It can take a bit of getting used to, even with the distraction of the biggest day of your life. For that reason you, the bride, needs to feel comfortable with whoever you choose as your wedding photographer.

You need to know that you can get along on the day. The only way to do this is to meet them beforehand, face to face. About 70% of communication is non-verbal and you’re not going to form an opinion as to whether this if the right photographer for you by email, Internet chat and telephone calls.

Top tip: always meet face to face before booking

Am I Getting You?

A lot of wedding photographers sub-contract the work. One of the most important questions you can ask is who will be photographing your wedding. You need to know who it will be and see examples of their own work, especially if it’s not the person sitting in front of you.

Every year I see hundreds of adverts and requests on photography sites and forums asking for people to cover weddings they’ve booked. The rates offered vary from about £50 to £300. If I were a bride and I’d spent ages looking for a photographer for my wedding and booked a £1000+ package I think I’d be little upset if I found out that I was getting an unknown, £150 photographer whose work was nothing like the images I’d been shown.

Top tip: make sure you know who you’ve booked and have seen their work

The Pre-Wedding Photo-shoot

Many wedding photographers are now offering a free pre-wedding photo-shoot to their brides and grooms when they’ve booked. If yours does too, my advice would be to take advantage of it. It’s a great excuse for taking some time out with your fiancé from all the planning.

It also breaks the ice with your photographer too: you can learn some poses, you’ll feel more relaxed on the day and you can get used to the camera and the way your photographer works.

Top tip: use the pre-wedding photo-shoot as an ice breaker and to learn some poses so you’ll be more relaxed on your wedding day

Conclusion…

This is by no means a definitive list of ideas but does cover some things that may not seem obvious at first. Make sure you understand who and what you’re getting and that you’re happy to have that person spend the day with you.

Wedding photography isn’t about taking a few pictures. It’s about telling your story and preserving your memories. Choose the wrong photographer and your day will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Top tip: choose your wedding photographer carefully

Resources – How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

These links provide additional useful advice about choosing your wedding photographer. Please note that these sites are outside of the control of Gavin Thorn Photography and as such we cannot be held liable for their content.

See also…

What happens in a Bridal Consultation?
Do I have to have a wedding album?
10 questions to ask your wedding photographer
Wedding Photography Packages for 2013

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