After booking your wedding venue then the next most important thing to book is your photography. To give you some guidance, Richard, Wedding Photography Surrey details 5 key things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer.
Can You Get What You Want Within Your Budget?
We all know that weddings can be very expensive, what with the venue, food and drinks, clothes and jewellery, limos etc but if there’s one thing you are going to scrimp on don’t let it be your wedding photography. When the day is over and everything gets back to normal, then it’s the photographs of your day that will stay with you forever.
So when you are looking for a photographer make sure you pick the one you really like best. If they are priced more than you intended to pay, then try and stretch the budget or failing that, at least have a chat with them about it. You never know, they may be able to help you out. But whatever you do, don’t go for the most amazing, bargain priced wedding package you can find – because as we all know, if a bargain looks too good to be true, then it normally is. And with wedding photography you only have one chance at it, so make sure you make the right choice.
Does Their Work Make You Smile?
In choosing a wedding photographer you must of course like their style. Remember that whilst they show you pictures from previous weddings those pictures are not of you so you must look beyond what you see and imagine how you want to be captured. If you want your pictures to look perfectly natural but also want some funny staged shots then chat with them to explain exactly what you want to capture and see what they say. If it’s not something they want to do then maybe they are not the right photographer for you.
Can You Meet Them in Person?
As your photographer will be capturing one of the most important days of your life it’s vital that you get on with them. After all, you will have your closest family and friends with you too so you’ll want to feel confident that they will be able to fit in with them. In addition you get to tell them your plans, you can ask
them questions and generally get a feel for how they will work with you on the big day. So always try to meet up in person, or at least on a video conferencing platform.
Do You Feel Confident They Can Deliver?
It’s all very well seeing a photographer with a good portfolio and having a nice chat. But what if they haven’t shot many weddings? Are they experienced enough to handle every situation, especially when it comes to changing weather conditions? If they are just starting out or if it is just a hobby then they will never have experienced all the ups and downs that a seasoned full-time professional will have. A seasoned wedding photographer will have photographed hundreds of weddings in varying conditions and locations and will know how to deal with most challenging situations.
Do They Have Lots of Satisfied Customers?
You should quickly be able to see whether your photographer is the real deal if you can view plenty of genuine positive reviews. They should be accessible via their website and via third parties such as Facebook, Google Reviews and Instagram, ideally accompanied by pictures and the names of the couples giving the review.
Stick to covering these 5 areas and you should have an easier path to securing the right wedding photographer for you.