Weddings can be expensive events, it seems that as soon as you add the word ‘Wedding’ to anything the price doubles (and more sometimes!). Venues, cars, cakes, flowers, invitations the list goes on and then the following day; What do you have left to show for the expense? (apart from the warmth and love of a happy marriage!)
This is why the photographs are so important and why choosing the right photographer even more so! So based upon my own personal and professional experience I thought I would offer a list of 5 tips on how to choose wisely!
This may seem to be an odd choice for the first item in a list but I consider it is the most important. Your photographer will be with you for a long time on what can be a tiring and sometimes stressful day-you don’t want them to wind you up constantly! If you start to get annoyed with a photographer it will show in the pictures – and you don’t want to be captured with a frown on your face on every single picture! Meet the photographer and ask them to show you some examples of their work, they should be able to show you a complete wedding so that you get an idea of their style but also examples of other weddings - that way you can avoid the 'wannabes' who have only photographed their friends wedding, or who have just come off a 'wedding photography' training course.
They may offer packages and deals (most of us do) but make sure that the final deal is the right one for you. Don’t be forced into paying for more than you want or settling for less. You will only regret it, all professional photographers will be able to offer you a tailored package so make sure you know what you want and make sure you get it.
We all have a budget for our weddings and so the cost will always be a consideration but we all know the price of something doesn’t always reflect the quality, expensive isn’t always better than cheap and vice versa and special offers are not always special. Follow your heart (and the other tips in this article) and choose wisely. Your wedding photographer is an investment in a lifetime of memories.
It is always tempting to cut corners or costs. Your friend who has a nice camera may seem like a good option and they might be able to take good photographs but this is one of the happiest days of your life and it needs to be done well, A professional will take amazing photographs.. They will have spare equipment to cover all possibilities and specialised equipment to get the best pictures possible. They will also be able to cover the day in a professional and unobtrusive manner. Apart from the photographic side they will also offer insurance (imagine one of your guests falling over a tripod and suing – it doesn’t make for happy memories, although you might make £250 from “You’ve been framed”) and they will offer quality options for presenting your images, as well as guaranteed lifetime security for the backup images.
It’s a very big decision, choose wisely. Once you make a decision – book the photographer. Good wedding photographers fill up their bookings early and you don’t want to settle for second best!
I hope that these tips help you in making the right decision and that your happy day leaves you with happy memories!