When choosing a wedding photographer, it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for. Like most things wedding related, it’s not just a simple case of choosing a photographer. This is your big day and you want to make sure you get this right.
Firstly, you need to have a clear idea of what you want. Every bride is different, some brides will want to capture the smaller details such as the decorations, the rings, the speeches etc. Some brides will want to pose for photo’s with their new hubby, where as other brides will want to shy away from the camera. If you’re the latter, the last thing you want is someone shoving a camera in your face every two minutes and yelling CHEEEEESE! So, you need to be clear when discussing your requirements with your chosen photographer.
Here at Fundyourwedding, we recommend having a photographers checklist. This is where you list all the things that are important to you which you’d like photographed such as getting ready in the morning with your bridesmaids, walking down the aisle and saying ‘I Do.’ It helps the photographer plan their day and it also helps your day run as smoothly as possible. For example, if your bridesmaids are scattered here, there and everywhere and you’ve stated on your checklist that you want a photo of all the bridesmaids together, the photographer will be the one running around getting everyone together for that all important shot which saves you a whole lot of fussing, leaving you to relax and enjoy your special day.
Photographers can be expensive. They range anywhere, some being completely free and wanting to gain experience to experienced photographers charging £1,500+ for a full day’s coverage. When deciding your budget, you need to factor in the cost of photography. Some people do without photographers altogether and this is certainly an option, especially in this day and age where guests can take photos and upload them to Instagram at the click of a button. If you decide to do this, you may want to create table sheets and turn it into a bit of game to make it fun for your guests and get them capturing those special moments.
Why not create a huge game of ‘I Spy.’ Your guests will have so much fun trying to complete the list, it will keep them entertained for hours and will encourage them to interact with each other which is exactly what you want your guests to be doing. It will create an amazing, fun and exciting atmosphere which your guests will be talking about for years to come. When setting yourself a budget, make sure you stick to it, shop around for the best photographer at the best price. You don’t want to overspend and end up spending far more than you ever envisioned. Make sure you view your photographers portfolio prior to booking them, even ametuer photographers should have a portfolio if they’re thinking about shooting something as important as a wedding! If they don’t have anything to show you, don’t book them! You may end up regretting it. Follow our advice and you’re bound to choose a winner! Whether you choose to go with an ametuer, a professional or if you opt to do it yourself, you’ll have quality photo’s to treasure forever! So remember, have fun browsing through different portfolio’s, get an idea of what you like or don’t like, start searching with a clear vision in mind and you won’t go far wrong.