The amount of posts I see on social media looking for cheap wedding photographers astounds me. Bearing in mind the amount of money you are going to spend on your day – make sure you allow space in your budget for a good photographer. Like many things in life – you get what you pay for and if you want wedding photos that you can look back at for years and love with no regrets – spend that bit extra! I’m not saying you have to go for the most expensive, but don’t go for cheap just to save a few quid.
It’s ok to shop in cheap shops for disposable clothing etc (for example you know those Primark shoes might only last you the summer) but those wedding photos will be with you for the rest of your life! It’s an investment!
Here’s some great tips for you to choose your wedding photographer:
- Before placing a booking, meet up with the photographer in person. If you are having them around for the whole day, on the most important day of your life, you need it to be someone you get along well with.
- Check their portfolio thoroughly. At the end of the day, photography is a form of art, and each photographer will have their own personal style. If their pictures are not in the style or format that you like, then you won’t like the wedding photos of your day. Hoping that the style will be different on your day is not going to achieve a lot and you are only setting yourself up for failure.
- Getting reviews is really important. Don’t just rely on the few that they give you – whether they have printed references or names and phone numbers of people to contact, because they aren’t going to volunteer the details of customers who weren’t happy are they? With the advent of the internet and social media and review sites in particular, you can do loads of research and find out what their customers and clients really think.
- Ask the venues – venues will not only be able to recommend photographers, but they will be able to advise about which photographers have photographed there before and are therefore used to the layout and lighting.
- What photos do you want? This question will impact who you book and how long and when you book them for. If you only want picture of the ceremony for example, you can book someone for just an hour or two. If you want photos before the wedding, for example when you are getting ready, you need someone who is able to travel between locations (or provide travel for them) and you will need to book them for longer. If you want photos from the reception as well – then effectively you will be booking them for the entire day. This will be a more costly option, but if you don’t want to miss out on capturing any part of your day, then this is the best option for you. You also need to workout which group photos you want – eg the wedding party, his family, her family, friends, everyone. It can be an exhaustive list so have a think!