What to look for when choosing a wedding photographer

Wedding Photography

One thing people will often say about your wedding day is that it will go by in a flash, so you need to treasure every moment.  One way you can relive your magical day is through your wedding photographs, which is why it is imperative you find the right photographer.

Every photographer will have a different style and way of capturing precious moments.  Just think about when you and your friends have been to an event, each of you will have photographs on your mobile, but each set will tell a slightly different story. It is therefore essential that the photographer you choose produces work in a style that you like, and also that they are experienced in shooting wedding venues in Essex.

Do you know what style of photography you are looking for?

  • Documentary – rather than a series of posed photographs these are natural and more spontaneous,‘in the moment’ shots that tell the story of your day.
  • Portraiture – this is the more traditional, classic wedding photography, posed shots of you, your family and friends.
  • Fine Art – this is similar to documentary in style, but the photographer will add their point of view inportraying the reality of the day.
  • Edgy-Bold – Think tilted angles and unconventional framing.

If there is a specific style you are drawn to, start your search for a photographer with those who specialise that specific style.When you have drawn up a shortlist of photographers, it is important that you meet them in person.  You are giving this person the hugely important task of visually telling the story of your wedding day, and you need to know you can trust them, but more importantly, that you like them.  Do you feel comfortable when speaking to them?Do you think your friends and family would warm to his/her approach?  Ensure you see as many client portfolios as possible; a lot of photographers will have these on their website, but make sure you ask to see more whilst you are in their studio.

Your research doesn’t end there, though; you should also check out their social media accounts – what are people saying about their service?  Can you find any testimonials?  You want to ensure that their service is exceptional, as the last thing you want when you are full of wedding stress and excitement is drama with your photographer or, even worse, a collection of wedding photographs that are of poor quality.

You should now have a clearer picture of who you would like to use; it’s time to look at the costs.  What is included in each package, and what do you actually want, and need?  Make sure you understand when your photographer will arrive and leave; if you want shots to be taken well into your evening reception, you may need to contract them for longer.  How do you want your photographs presented?  Many photographers will have a selection of album styles for you to choose from, but remember to budget this into your costs.  Also think about possibly purchasing a small number of mini albums that you can give to your parents as gifts, for example.

One of the areas that you need to discuss is rights; who will own the rights to the photographs of the wedding?  Bear in mind that the majority of contracts will state that the photographer has ownership of all photographs taken for their use on their website, blogs and promotional materials.  Although they may send you digital proofs of your photographs, you may not be able to share them unless they have been watermarked.  Your photographer should clearly explain the rights and the timescales involved in postproduction; you want your photographer to be transparent about all elements of their service, so you’re not hit with hidden extras when you return from your honeymoon.

We know that choosing the right photographer can really make a difference; you want your photographer to capture every small detail, every emotion and every special moment.

 “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.  What you have caught on film is captured forever…  it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  Aaron Sisking