Choosing a photographer for your wedding day is an important decision. Not only are you going to be spending the majority of one of the most important days of your lives with them, you are also entrusting them to capture the long-lasting memories of this big day. So what should you consider when choosing your photographer? These are my suggestions and should help you decide if I am the right photographer for you.
Each photographer has their own style that defines them and their work. The images you have of your special day need to reflect it the wa y you remember it; and should be images that you love. Style can mean both the way the photographer works from purely documentary (only capturing what happens and not setting up any posed photos), through to formal and fine art (where the images are highly crafted), as well as a variety in-between.
It also means the style of the images you’ll receive; which can vary from dramatic, bold, vibrant, quirky, fun, dreamlike, ethereal, vintage, romantic, and more. The best way to know if a photographer's style is right for you is to look at their portfolio of work - do you like what you see?
Take a look at my wedding portfolio and you’ll see that my style is vibrant and natural, I like to have fun with my brides and grooms. For the majority of time I will be taking a documentary approach, photographing action as it unfolds, emotions as they happen, candid little moments. However, I will also take time to set up some photographs, the portraits that will end up framed on the wall. My approach to these is relaxed and I aim to make it fun not formal. I also spend time photographing all the details that you have considered and planned for your day, whether it is flowers, cakes, the dress or decorations - whatever is important to you.
Some will say this doesn't matter - I disagree! We are spending a lot of time together on one of the biggest days of your lives - you want to be happy in my company and trust that I’m going to give you the photos you’d wish for. For this reason, I include a booking consulation in all my pacakages so we can get to know each other and talk about how we'll work together. I also include a pre-wedding shoot, where we'll spend more time together, I'll share posing tips that I've learnt during my career, I can find out what you like and don't like in photogaphs, and we can discuss ideas that you have for your images.
It's always reassuring to book a photographer that you know others have been happy with. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
There are plenty more reviews on my Facebook page if you’d like to read more, and I'm always happy to provide references.
It’s your big day, one to enjoy and remember forever. It should run smoothly and your photographer is key to ensuring that happens. I put a number of things in place to ensure that your photographs capture everything you would like without you having to spend time thinking about it on the day. At your pre-wedding photoshoot, we’ll discuss timings and key details for your day. I also have a questionnaire I ask you to complete - it takes just 5 minutes but ensures I know everything that’s important for you so that the memories I capture are perfect for you. You can also relax knowing that I'm fully insured with back-up equipment and spares for everything!
Every wedding has a budget and whilst it’s important not to stretch yourself beyond your means, I’d advise against choosing a photographer only on price. A professional wedding photographer invests in professional-level kit (including the back-ups I mention above), training, insurance, software and time. Whilst you may only see us for a couple of hours beforehand and 8-10 hours on your day, the average wedding is approximately 50 hours of work in total, including planning, preparing kit, downloading and backing up your images, editing and processing your images, and designing your album. I've included cost on my list of decision factors, as I know it's important when planning a wedding, but I've put it last, as your photographer should tick all the above points first and be the right photographer for you and your big day.
If you think I might be the right photographer for you, then please get in touch. It would be great to meet you and hear more about your day.