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How to choose a wedding photographer

A guest blog by Chris Cowley of Chris Cowley photography

What we like about this blog post is how Chris seems to understand the pitfalls we could all fall into with following trends and what others want. It is important you have the day that you would like and the photos of it should be the same. This is a great insight into getting started when deciding on your wedding day photographer and we find the fact that Chris has not shoved the suggestion of himself in your face, very endearing and open.

 

Finding a photographer to suit you, your style, your budget and your personality can be tricky but finding the right one is vital. Your wedding photography is going to be one of the most important aspects of your day. Long after the cake has been eaten and your first dance seems like a distant memory, your wedding photos are the one thing that you can keep forever to look through again and again.

So with so many to choose from, what do you need to look for when choosing a photographer and what are the important questions to ask to help you pick the perfect person to capture your day?

Style

There’s a ton of inspiration out there on the various wedding blogs and in magazines, so take some well-deserved me time to sit down to have a flick through to decide what sort of style of photography you like. Once you’re settled in a comfy chair go through and pick out photos that you LOVE. Don’t get distracted by the latest trends and buzz words floating around or the style of wedding in the photos, forget about it all and just pick out photographs that you are drawn to simply because you like them. It won’t be long before you notice a trend in the style of photography you like ranging from posed and formal traditional photos to relaxed and natural, artistic reportage shots. (If you’re doing this online then a great website is Pinterest where you can pin photographs you love to a board.)

Research, research, research

Once you’ve got an idea of the style of photographer you are looking for then ask for recommendations from friends, spend some time on Google, look at articles on wedding blogs, this is your chance to see what photographers there are around and if they fit your budget. There are some amazing (and likewise not so amazing) photographers at every price bracket so spend as much time as you can and when you find a photographer you love, check out their prices and decide if this works with your budget remembering that these images will be your lasting memory of your day.

Meet your photographer

You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person throughout your wedding day and so once you’ve found some photographers you like, give them a call or drop them an email and arrange to meet up. You’ll know from the offset if you’re with someone who makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, and this is the key to looking great in your photos.  Choosing a photographer whose work you think is great but you don’t get on with is never going to work. If you want those relaxed smiley images where you REALLY smile then you need to book the photographer who can get the best out of you.

A great way to really get to know your photographer is to have an engagement shoot and aside from being great fun it’s a perfect way to get used to having your photograph taken and will mean that you’ll be a lot calmer on your wedding day.

 

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Questions to ask when you meet the photographers

·       Why does the photographer photograph weddings? This is a great question and will tell you a lot about them as a person. Enthusiastic people who really love what they do are very good at their job and so working with them is going to be much more fun.

·       What is their style? Ask to see an album showing a whole wedding and not just selected shots. Hearing the photographer’s thoughts on their style is an interesting way to learn more about how they work.

·       Who has the rights to the photographs? Whilst the photographer automatically owns the copyright to the photos, will you get copies of them, and can you print them for your friends and family? Or are the photographs only available to order directly from the photographer?

·       Does the photographer have insurance? A professional should have Public Liability insurance as well as Professional Indemnity.

·       What is the timescale after the wedding? When should you expect your finished images? If you’re having an album, how long does the design process and delivery take?

·       How long will the photographer stay for? When does your coverage begin and when does it end? Some charge by the hour, some offer all day packages.

·       Extras? Lots of photographers offer extras such as engagement shoots, additional wedding albums for parents, prints etc. If the photographer doesn’t mention something you would like then ask if they can provide it.

Hopefully I’ve given you some things to think about and this helps you to choose the perfect photographer for your day!

 

 

P.S. If you found this post useful then feel free to share it with other couples that may appreciate it.

(We couldn’t agree more and have decided to share it on WWD, thank you Chris)