Choosing a wedding photographer thats right for you!

September 6, 2015
 
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Your photos are an investment in memories
 
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So how do you choose a wedding photographer and one thats right for you?
 
The last thing you want to say after your wedding is that you regret choosing your photographer so follow my simple steps and hopefully you’ll never utter that word!
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1. Style. Choose a style that reflects how you want your day to be captured.
For example if your wedding is going to be crazy colourful boho summer wedding you probably don’t want to choose a photographer who is traditional or a photographer whose editing style is dark and moody. Ideally you want a photographer who is able to capture all types of weddings and in a variety of lighting conditions (from churches to outdoor ceremonies) and in any season and do it justice!
Although I don’t like to pigeon hole myself I guess I’d describe my style as Fun, Relaxed, Alternative/Quirky, Candid & Colourful! 
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Some people might have a different take on these style descriptions below but this is how i’d describe them…
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Traditional = Think of your parents photos. Not very relaxed, posed/staged, lot’s of group shots…
 
Documentary/Candid = In on the action, off the cuff moments, not staged, capturing REAL moments.
 
Alternative/Creative = Seeing things differently, shooting artistically, thinking outside the box!
 
Natural/Relaxed = No cringey poses, REAL moments.
 
Fine Art = Classic, pretty, traditionally posed, lots of details shots.
 
Fun/Quirky = Funny crazy shots and general silly wedding shenanigans!
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There are also a variety of editing styles, example: vintage, colourful, emphasis on black and white, dark/moody.
 
So which of those words describe your wedding and ideal photographer?
 
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2. LoveSelect a photographer whose work you love. This is important. What is it about their work that you love so much? Answering this will help you to determine the style of photography you like. Does their work make you feel something? Are you smiling? Laughing? I believe photography should make you feel something like you’re sharing that moment too.
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3. Light! This is such an important factor to consider, can the photographer you’ve chosen cope with different lighting conditions? Weddings are so tricky to shoot, one minute you have a dark church, the next minute super bright blue skies! Can they cope well in these situations? can you see work that reflects different lighting conditions or are all the images taken in similar light? Can they use flash well? They’ll need to use flash if your venue is super dark (say an old cinema or really dark tipi) or if you choose to have the photographer stay to capture the crazy dancing at the end of the night or if you want some cool night time shots…
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4. Social Media & website do they post regularly? do they share useful posts to help you with your wedding photography? If so, it shows they care about what they do and about helping you plan your day.
Do they share great feedback they receive from clients? (with images of the couple or they could be made up!)
Do they seem passionate about their work? follow the photographers whose work you love on Social Media, this is a little insight in to their world!
You can follow me here: Facebook & Instagram (my fave is instagram and I post here more often).
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5. Cost. I hate this bit but the truth is the price varies. from £1000-£2000+.
Why? Experience, Talent, Demand, Kudos.
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(I’m now in my 3rd year of shooting weddings full time and the first 4 weddings I ever shot were featured on 3 of the biggest UK wedding blogs (Rock N Roll Bride. Rocky My Wedding & Love My Dress)
I’ve also had my work featured on Whimsical Wonderland Wedding, Marry Me Ink and Mr & Mrs Unique as well as on Huffington Post and printed in Diva and Perfect Wedding magazine and soon in Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, none of which is any easy feat.
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If someone’s charging less than £1400 for wedding photography, you need to ask yourself why.
A wedding isn’t just a days work, (normally 10-14 hours including travel) it also includes all the email and telephone correspondence before and after the wedding and 2-3 days of culling, editing, curating… plus the special USB box I send out afterwards is pretty special. So each wedding can take about 4 days to complete.
 

Shooting a wedding also requires a variety of skills:

 
Photographers also have a multitude of expenses from travel, buying of equipment, maintaining equipment (cleaning and calibrating yearly) insurance (so that we are both covered) to hosting your online galleries, advertising, updating equipment, … I could go on but I won’t 😉
Weekend Warriors
Most photographers that charge under £1200 are what we call in the business ‘weekend warriors’ because they have a full time job during the week and try to make some cash at the weekends which means they don’t take it as seriously as us full time professionals that make a living from it and under cut us which devalues our work and what we charge. Most full timers like myself will invest a ton of time in to each couple to make sure they feel looked after and get amazing images and an amazing service which I can guarantee weekend warriors won’t do. Just read my amazing reviews here 
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6. View. Make sure you can see a FULL wedding, not just the photographers ‘best work’.
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7. Meet your photographer! (That’s me below – pink hair).
Arrange a meeting or Skype them, see if you gel with them. After all you’ll be spending a lot of time with them! Do you get on? Do you feel comfortable with them? (this makes for better photos!) Can you see your guests getting on with them? When I shoot weddings I mingle, I’m discreet but I also act like a guest, this way your guests relax with em and often play up to the camera! Some couples however are happy to book based on my website and email communication.
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8. Book! Once your dates gone it’s gone. Photographers normally take bookings  anywhere from 6-18 months in advance, which I guess just depends on how long you’ve given yourself to plan and how organised you are! Fridays and Saturdays during the months of May-September are normally the first to go. I’ve even had a couple change their wedding date to a Sunday just to have me as their photographer!
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I hope you found my post on ‘How to choose a photographer’ useful 🙂
 
 
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