It’s that time of year, Christmas and New Year have just passed and like every year there are lots of marriage proposals happening over this holiday period. Undoubtedly you’ve started to make your wedding plans and one of the big things that needs to be found is your wedding photographer. Without trying to sound too biased I would say that the photographer is one of the most important things you need to decide on for your wedding day, after the food and cake have been eaten, the music has ended and all of your guests have gone home the photographs are there to help you relive your wedding day, week after week, year after year.
Choosing a wedding photographer shouldn’t be a daunting task, I know there are hundreds of photographers around my home town of Ipswich, let alone through Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk where I would imagine this number goes up into the thousands. Prices vary too, from having your Dad’s friend John who owns ‘one of them expensive slr things’ doing it for free to those who own all the kit, provide you with a professional fine art wedding album and images that have all been carefully edited but at a more expensive but fair price for the work, insurance and often a second photographer that captures your wedding from a second angle.
I would recommend meeting with your photographer, viewing their photographs from past weddings and asking all the questions I’m sure you have in the back of your mind. Meeting in person is often better than just asking over the phone or through email as you can get to know the photographer and see if you get on ok with them, after all, you will be spending a day alongside your wedding photographer as will your guests.
As a wedding photographer I always like to meet with my clients and go through exactly how the day will run, what I will be doing through the day of the wedding and what will happen after the wedding day, I like to meet with my wedding couples 2 weeks before the wedding to go through everything one last time, check itineraries and note and changes that may have happened since our last discussion.
To finish things up, these are my 3 tips when selecting your wedding photographer:
- Meet your photographer, make sure that you get on with them and that they’re professional and will provide you with the service you require.
- Look at your potential wedding photographers portfolio, a picture says a thousand words and you want to make sure you like the style in which they shoot.
- Don’t just dive in with the cheapest option, your photographs are what you will remember your day by and full payment isn’t necessarily required at time of booking.