Your big day is coming up! But there is a LOT to plan! The most important part (I think, anyway!) is the Photographer – but just how do you know when you’ve found “the one”?
I've got a few simple steps you can use to make sure you’ve picked the best photographer for you:
1. Do you like this photographer?
This might seem like a silly thing to think about, but honestly, you’re going to be spending the most amount of time with this person on your wedding day, so you want to make sure that time is going to be enjoyable. If you just can’t stand them, then you might want to move on to another choice. If you can picture yourself hanging out with them, sipping wine, watching a football game, or catching a last minute lunch date – you basically want to be their new BFF – then you should definitely consider hiring them as your photographer!
2. Do you like their photography style?
If you don’t like the photos you see in their portfolio, that may be a good indicator that they are not a good fit for you. If you swoon over the images you see on their website and can picture those photos hanging in your house, then that’s a good thing! Choose a photographer whose style matches your own – if you like really light and airy decor, then you might not want to choose a photographer with a dark, moody style. Talk to each photographer about their style and what you can expect to receive from them.
3. Are they a legitimate professional?
Do they have professional equipment and lots of experience? Although equipment is not the only factor in what makes a photographer “good”, it is important that they have high-end, functioning equipment, and backup equipment so that they are prepared to capture every part of your day.
Don’t get too hung up on what exact camera model they use, however, as this is not the thing that makes them the photographer they are. Remember that their style, and personal way of photographing things is what drew you to them in the first place.
Are they insured? If they do not have insurance, I would hesitate to recommend using their services. Of course, we all hope nothing bad happens at your wedding, but in case it does, you want that peace of mind that insurance offers.
Do they conduct themselves in a professional manner and respond to you in a timely fashion? Of course this is important because you want to have questions answered, you want to communicate your wedding plans with them, ask them their opinion on certain things, and ultimately, know that they are going to be there for you and offer their support through your planning and your wedding day. You want someone who is responsible and respectful, and who will provide the highest customer service. (This doesn’t mean you can text them at 11pm and expect a respond back immediately. Please also be respectful of traditional business hours.)
4. Are they within your budget?
It’s important to invest in the right areas for your wedding. Your cake will be eaten and your flowers will wilt, your dress will get dirty and your place cards might be forgotten – but your photographs will be what lasts for years and years and years. Although you don’t want to break the bank, and you don’t want to go the cheapest route either, make sure you research the average cost of wedding photographers in your area, so you’ll know what you’ll expect to spend. Be honest with the budget you’re working with, and see what the photographer offers in that price range. The UK national average is anywhere between £1,000-£5,000 depending on where you live, the experience of the photographer, and what is included in the photography packages.
5. Are they comparable to the other photographers in your area?
Take a look at a few different photographers in your area and see what they offer. If you like them all, then you can narrow it down by meeting with them in person (I offer a free consultations!). You don’t have to go with the first photographer you find, I recommend you take your time and find the best fit for you. After all, these are the photos you’ll be cherishing for years to come, so it’s pretty important! (no pressure) 😉