EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO FIND & CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
When your special day arrives, you may be so overwhelmed that you have very little memory of the details. The flowers you chose, your wedding dress, the location and table settings, all your friends having a great time, even your hair do are things you may want to remember. However, this day goes by quickly
FINDING A TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
That’s why your wedding photographer is such an important part of your event. They’ll follow you throughout the day and capture these special moments and details. Here are 8 tips that will help you in the search to find a wedding photographer who is perfect for you.
DECIDE ON YOUR STYLE
Wedding photography genres can be broken down into three types: traditional, photo-journalistic or classic. Traditional photographers are extremely involved all throughout the day, producing posed shots and spend a lot of time arranging the couple so that the details look the way they’d like
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
Uncle Bob may have a nice new camera and it may save some money however you only get one go at capturing your wedding day and do you want to take the risk. When it comes to wedding photography it is more than a camera and more than just taking the photos, check out our Infographic on what a wedding photographer really does here
REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS
There is nothing like benefiting form the experience of others. If you have friends that have already been through this process, then ask them if they recommend their photographer. If not, do a thorough search online and pay attention to the reviews of others, we allow couples to share reviews on photographers pages on our site here.
How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
The photographs from your wedding day will be a timeless memento of a truly special day. Wedding photographers can be very expensive, specialise in a number of different styles, and offer a variety of levels of service. Choosing a wedding photographer takes careful thought and consideration about what sort of pictures you want to document your wedding day. Do plenty of research and interview a number of candidate before making your choice
Decide what style of wedding photography you prefer. There are a number of different styles of wedding photography, and different photographers will specialise in different styles. Take some time to read up on and learn about the different styles and think about which one suits you best.
Start looking early. Booking your wedding photographer should be one of the first things you do after you have booked your venue. Wedding photographers are in high demand, especially in the busiest times of year for weddings, and many of the best ones will be booked up a year in advance
Ask for personal recommendations. The best wedding photographers will tend to develop a reputation, and may be known locally to your friends are family. Start your search by asking people you know and trust if they have any recommendations, either through personal experience, or word of mouth. Talk to people you know who have got married in the last few years and ask about their experience
Avoid hiring family or friends. It may be tempting to hire somebody you know to be your wedding photographer. You may be drawn towards hiring someone you trust, who knows you and your partner well, and you think will understand what kind of pictures you want. While this might turn out perfectly well, it is highly likely that this person will not have the technical skills and experience to give you the best photos.
Tips For Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Photographer
Bright & Light VS Moody & Atmospheric
As technology has advanced, so too have cameras and editing facilities. Where once wedding photography was quite generic, now each and every wedding photographer has a type of camera they prefer and a signature editing style. You lot are seriously spoilt for choice. At one end we have images full of light and at the other end, photographers who use the light to create contrast, often resulting in a darker edit of images. There is no rule as to which is better – it’s purely personal preference. Within the team we all favour completely different styles. And of course, there is a middle ground, it’s about finding which area of the spectrum you love. Once you decide on an editing style you love, you can start to whittle down your choices
Fine Art Photography
If you’re searching for a wedding photographer, then this is a term you’ll come across time and time again. It’s very tricky to put your finger on the precise definition – there really isn’t one. There was a time when this term was restricted to shooting on film, but now it’s more widely used. Lovely Lorna favours Fine Art photography, so here’s what she has to say on the matter
Film Photography is more expensive than digital photography – purely because there are more materials and more time involved. (The film itself, waiting for images to be developed). Again, this is a personal preference, for lots of people film is the very essence of photography, whereas for others, digital is better because there’s more margin for error and the results are instant. And just to confuse you, there’s also a movement of photographers who shoot on digital, but with a film-like style, see the hashtag #lookslikefilm. Some people will argue that once the images are on a computer, in a digital copy – you can’t tell the difference anyway. But again it’s personal preference
The Knockout Couple Shot
Ok, so you’re starting to narrow your list down. It’s time to start looking in more detail at their work. A knockout couple shot is essential. In fact, it’s the most important image of the day. You need a photographer who will whisk you away somewhere with an incredible backdrop, at the perfect time of day to create some magic with the light. Do you want a photographer who will capture you both with intimacy? Do you want to create some drama in your couples shots? Do you want to bring some fun to proceedings? Or do you just want things to unfold naturally? Ask to see examples of portraits shot by your photographer and decide what would make you both feel comfortable in front of the camera. Remember you’ll be drunk on love and looking a million dollars, so never EVER feel like you’re not cool enough for a photographer. It’s their job to make you look that cool
The Group Shots
The group shots are where many photographers set themselves apart. There is absolutely no need to have awkward, forced group shots any more. Your photographer will understand that it’s important to have certain groups of people together in one image, but there’s no need to get everyone standing on parade. Equally, if you don’t want any group shots, then don’t feel like you have to have them. It’s completely your decision
How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer
Wedding photography is one of the biggest (and in our book, best!) investments you’ll make in your wedding day. So it’s important to choose a wedding photographer whose work you love now, will still adore in years to come, and who you feel is the right fit for you, your partner, and your wedding.
Along with a wedding video – and all the memories of course! – your wedding photos are among the few things you’ll have as a keepsake of your day, long after the confetti’s been swept away and the last of the wedding cake has been eaten. So having your day documented by the right person is so, so important.
Unless you’re a photography buff yourself, it can be hard to compare photographers, work out what makes a photographer great, or know if they’re the right person to photograph you and your other half on the big day. To help, we’ve rounded up some essential tips for how to choose a wedding photographer
Do Your Research
The first job on your to-do list is to seek out wedding photographers who work in your area and view their photographs. We’ve compiled a handy list of recommended photographers to use as your starting point – these guys come with the One Fab Day seal of approval, so you can trust them to give your day the love and attention it deserves!
Create a Shortlist
The next step is to contact a couple of wedding photographers whose work you really love – we recommend starting with two or three. Initially, you need to know two things; are they available on your wedding date, and can you afford them
Five Secrets for Finding the Right Wedding Photographer
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, chances are you’ve already read an article from The Knot, started a Pinterest board, followed a dozen photographers on Instagram, and asked all your married friends for recommendations. (You may also have half a dozen tabs open on your computer, an excel sheet with a running list of pricing and packages, and a headache from hearing that photos are the only thing that lasts.)
I planned my own wedding before I was a photographer, and I stressed so much about choosing the right person to capture it. I checked out dozens photographers, looked at friend’s weddings, asked for recommendations, compared prices–I did my best to find the perfect person. After doing all that work and hiring an incredible photographer, I was still a little disappointed with my photos. They were beautiful, but they didn’t really capture me and my husband.
Always ask to see an entire wedding gallery before hiring your photographer
This is definitely the most important advice I can give anyone, but it takes a bit of explaining to show you why it’s so important.
Wedding photographers think of weddings differently than their couples. We see the day as a series of different scenes: the couple getting ready, the first look, the family portraits, the detail shots, the ceremony, the couple’s portraits, the reception, the send-off, and more. These scenes take place in different locations with widely varying lighting. A wedding photographer has to quickly select the right equipment, camera settings, framing techniques, and posing strategies for each of these scenes
Some photographers are very gifted at capturing one of these scenes or one type of lighting. For example, they may be really great at posing couples for portraits or getting a stunning shot of the rings. They may specialize in natural light, bounce flash, or off-camera light. That kind of specialization in one area can make for truly exceptional photos of that one thing. However, you want to make sure the photographer is also capable and confident shooting all the other scenes and conditions that will be part of your wedding day