So as someone who recently got married, I know how important it is to get the right wedding photographer for your one special day. I myself spent an inordinate amount of time looking at lots of different photographers before I finally picked the absolutely fabulous Binky Nixon
. So I thought I would share a few tips on how to pick your wedding photographer.
For the discerning bride, picking a photographer is more than picking the cheapest guy around who'll throw in an album, a good photographer will have the following things:
- A flair for making even the most ordinary things and places appear beautiful
- The skill to make the images tell a story (this is especially important if they will be putting together an album for you)
- The confidence to work under any condition of light, weather, and/or time constraints (you want someone who can work well under pressure especially if you are having a big wedding)
- A complete set of images from the same wedding, not a series of selective one-offs
- Confidence in shooting one person or a group of over 100 people
- An eye for using different locations well to set the stage for the photographs
Usually, it's best to meet your photographer in person as it is a good opportunity to ask them any questions you have (we'll cover the specific questions you should ask in another post). Go through their work and if you like what you see, then you are ready to move on to the next stage of the discussion - the fees.
Wedding photographers' prices differ widely and are determined by a range of factors including overheads, skill level and service offered. Most photographers tend to offer either set packages or bespoke collections; with the latter, you have more flexibility in being able to tailor the package the way you want. But whatever structure you pick, the most important thing is that you are happy with the quality and service offered by the photographer.
Wedding photography is incredibly personal and you want to make sure you have a good rapport with your wedding photographer as this is the person who is capturing some of the most important moments of your life. I like to think of it as the beginning of a beautiful, lifelong relationship, as ideally this will be the same who'll be shooting your maternity, baby and family sessions.
Communication is very important, so a professional photographer should keep up to date with the details of your day, and should provide a contract or terms in which they sum up what is expected of them. This should include: what the photographer is expected to do, fee agreed, details of the shoot etc. Once you have the contract signed, then it's just a matter of keeping in touch with your photographer until your big day when she performs her magic 🙂
Ok - so that's a very brief introduction to things you should think about when picking a wedding photographer - I hope that helps. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.
Oh, before I head out, here's one of my favourite pictures from a wedding a couple of years back. Vicki was such a beautiful bride, I don't think she took one bad picture. 🙂
Have a great weekend.