How to pick your wedding photographer

August 22, 2013

Followers of my work will know that I shoot a select amount of wedding per year. Last week, Stylist Magazine asked my thoughts on ‘how to pick your wedding photographer’ for their popular wedding blog.
Their questions with my answers are below and you can read the full article here.

What’s the most important thing a couple should think about when choosing a wedding photographer

I would say the most important factor when choosing your wedding photographer is pick a photographer who’s style of pictures you connect with the most. Choose a photographer that has pictures in their portfolio that capture the way you would like to remember your wedding. For example do you want a photographer that will make a straight forward record of the day or a photographer that will capture the romance and bond between you and your partner; or what about all the detail touches you have slaved over for months. These things can easily be overlooked. Additionally though, try not to shop on price! When budgets are tight it’s easy to look at the pound signs before the work/talent/ability itself. Try to research photographers that tick the boxes visually and then narrow down to what fits your budget.

What’s the best advice you’d give to any couple getting married (photography-related that is)

When planning your wedding, if the photography is important to you on the day, make sure you allow plenty of time for the formal family and friends group images as well as portraits of you and your husband/wife. These pictures that are more creative take time and its wise to consult with your photographer about how long to allow. Also, it’s often nice to take some time out during the wedding to have intimate pictures of just you and your partner as newly weds away from the hustle and bustle of it all. This gives you time to breathe and spend a bit of time together whilst settling yourselves before going back to all of your family and friends.

On the marriage front, try and be calm and relaxed without worrying too hard. Things might not run to time, some family might not get on, you might have a bunch of little worries but… You both will turn up, you both will ‘repeat after me’ and say ‘I do’. It’s your day, enjoy it. It will be your version of perfect.

What do you think about engagement photos?

I think engagement pictures are a great way to get to know your photographer and the way they shoot prior to your wedding. You can feel confident then on your wedding day that you know what to expect from them. Also, you can use the images for invites or the guest book etc. Of course it’s a great way to mark the milestone of engagement as well.

How important is it for the couple to spend time with their photographer before the wedding?

This follows on from my points above about engagement photos. Additionally, a great time to spend with your photographer pre-wedding is at the venue. You can show them round and point out all the things you love about the place so that they can capture it from your perspective on the day! For me getting to know my clients a bit prior to the wedding is important because I don’t like to rattle out the same routine. Every wedding is unique and capturing it should reflect the couple in question.

How important is the background?

The background for any photographs is hugely important. This will be dictated by what the venue looks like, what the light is like, is it windy, too sunny, indoors or outdoors, the venue grounds etc. Don’t get yourself bogged down in these details though as a good photographer will guide you and direct on the day for the best results.