5 Tips for choosing the perfect wedding photographer...
Have you ever wondered how an impending wedding can turn a seemingly lovely level-headed bride into a raging Bridezilla? I always imagined wedding planning to be all champagne, flowers and romance. It wasn't until I started planning my own wedding that I realised what a nightmare the whole process can actually be.
The truth is that unless you're Kim Kardashian, you generally plan to only get married once so you want the day to be absolutely perfect.Choosing the right photographer to capture all those happy moments is one of the most important decisions you will make. It’s one of the only elements of your wedding that will last for years to come and unlike your reception venue and your dress, you can’t see your wedding photos until after your wedding day. I myself spent hours upon hours looking through websites until I found a photographer that I absolutely loved and even now I still can’t help being a little nervous about how the photos will turn out. So much pressure! Along the way I learned a lot, so here are some of my top tips in picking the wedding photographer that’s right for you…
1. Pick your style
Each photographer has their own style and by style, I mean the look and feel of the photos. Put in everyday speak - do you want your photos to have a dark and mysterious feel, be classic black and white, be quite light and whimsical or super modern with vibrant colours? Some photographers like to take candid real life snapshots of your day whereas others prefer to take photos where the bridal party is posing for the camera. Deciding what you like and what you don't is the first thing you should do before you even speak to a photographer. Look through wedding photos on Pinterest and scroll through wedding blogs to work out what style you like and then find a photographer to match. Most photographers will have galleries on their website which will showcase their style. If you don’t like the photos you see, keep looking. You will eventually find a style that feels right - just don’t give up before you do!
2. How many photos will you actually get?
This is one of the most important questions to ask your photographer and one that I overlooked. After speaking to a few photographers, I get the feeling that for an 8 hour wedding, it's reasonable to expect around 1,000 photos of which 20% are great shots and professionally edited. Make sure you and your photographer are on the same page about your expectations so that you don't end up in tears when only 400 photos arrive at your door. It's also important to ask if you will get a copy of all the shots taken on the day - not just the ones that were edited.
3. Don't get caught up in the additional extras
At the end of the day the most important thing is to have beautiful photos that you will love and cherish. Don't base your decision solely on the size of the album or the canvas print that your photographer is offering. Having digital copies of all your photos means you can organise them to be printed in any format you like, time and time again. After spending only a few minutes searching through google, I found some really great deals for professional album printing that were considerably cheaper than what wedding photographers were offering. If you are interested in a beautiful album at low cost and are willing to put in the work to arrange the photos yourself, this may be a good option for you.
4. Don't base your decision on price
My wedding photography is one of the only elements of my wedding where I didn’t base my decision, at least to some extent, on price. Although some photographers were offering packages that were over a thousand dollars cheaper, I wasn’t willing to risk my photos being anything but perfect. It’s important to remember that you will value and cherish your photos for decades to come and the second you see those perfect shots, you won’t regret the extra dollars you spent.
5. Make sure you and your photographer click
Your photographer will be around for the duration of your big day so it’s imperative that you get along. Make sure your photographer genuinely listens to what you want and makes an effort to understand what you and your fiancé are looking for. Without first asking about you and your wedding, how can they possibly be sure that they will be able to make you happy?
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Also check out our guide to selecting the perfect wedding venue.