Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...
So how do you choose your perfect wedding photographer?
It might seem very obvious but if I could offer you a bit of advice to try and help you out then the most important thing would be to make your decision based on whether you like the photographs you see on their page or website, every wedding is different and that's one of the reasons I love to photograph them and of course your wedding will be different too but do the photographs you're looking at match your own personal taste, would you be happy with the photographs you see in your wedding album?
Are they an experienced photographer? Since the introduction of Digital Cameras anyone can buy a camera, set up a Facebook page and call themselves a photographer but it's unlikely without the experience of photographing weddings that you'd be happy with the photographs. Do they know how to handle different situations because if they mess up then there won't be a second chance to get it right.
What do their reviews say about them? A good indicator would be to have a look on their Facebook page, how many reviews are there and what's the rating? I currently have almost 50 5 star reviews from happy clients and I've received many thank you cards and emails, I'm incredibly proud each of one.
How much do they charge? Everyone has to start somewhere and so did I, shooting weddings cheaper than I do now, however as my skill and experience increased my prices started to increase to reflect the quality of work I was now producing. So if someone is charging £300 for a 12 hour day shooting your wedding it may seem like an absolute bargain and yes it could just be to gain experience but equally it could be they're just not a good photographer any more than having a pen makes them a best selling writer, so again I'd say make sure you have a good look at the quality of the work they're producing, are they full weddings and ask yourself, would I really be happy with these photographs in my wedding album?
Does it really matter if we get along with our photographer? I think so yes, it's important to build a rapport because they'll be with you more than any of the other suppliers on the day and after it too. It's important that you trust and have confidence in whoever you choose. As I said earlier, I have a very natural and relaxed approach to capturing your big day, I'm not an overbearing photographer, shouting and ordering everyone around, by taking a candid approach I really do believe I'll get the best from your guests and you'll absolutely get the best photographs that way.