Choosing the right person that you're going to marry is obviously the most important decision that you'll make when it comes to your wedding day but I'll take it that if you're reading this then you've already go that one checked off the list!
Picking the venue, another massively important decision and so is choosing your photographer! They're the person that will be documenting every detail of your special day so you're going to need to make sure you pick the right one.
So just how are you meant to know you've picked the right person?
I've put together a few tips to help you along the way...
Does their style match your taste?
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 or hanging on the wall in your home?
How many weddings have they photographed?
Since the introduction of Digital Cameras anyone can buy a camera, set up a Facebook page or a basic website 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, what if it rains, what if the timings go out of the window, what if something goes wrong?
Because if they mess up then there won't be a second chance to get it right.
What do previous clients say about them?
A good indicator would be to have a look on their Facebook page or have a quick Google, how many reviews are there and what's the rating? I currently have over 50 5 star reviews from happy couples and I've received many thank you cards, emails and most importantly refferals,
I'm incredibly proud each of one and have many testimonials from couples I've photographed.
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 there's that phrase "you get what you pay for". 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? The album will be your legacy and an heirloom to pass on to your Children, Grandchildren and future generations and preserving memories.
Your photographs will be the only investment you make on your wedding day.
Does it really matter if we get along with our photographer?
I think so yes definitely, 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 and get along with them, you'll be able to bounce off each other and relax when you're in front of the camera. 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, simply taking a candid approach, blending in and almost as if i were one of your guests.
I really do believe that's the best way to get the best reactions from you and your guests and in turn, you'll absolutely get the best photographs.