Hiring a photographer is one of the trickiest aspects of organising a wedding. You want beautiful photographs of your special day to remember forever and show future generations, but how do you ensure that the photographer you’re hiring is a professional, who will do a good job on the day? By carrying out some research and following these simple tips, hiring a wedding photographer doesn’t have to be a headache!
Do your Research
Sometimes, the best wedding photographers are those recommended by friends and family, but if you’re not lucky enough to know anyone who recently got married, then you can do your own research to find a photographer. It’s best to choose somebody local – you want to meet up with your chosen photographer to discuss what you’re looking for and find out what services they can provide.
Think About Style
Consider the style of your wedding, and the type of photographs you would like to have. Browsing online will show you examples of the different styles of wedding photography available today, from traditional wedding photographs to reportage style, where the photographer literally begins shooting at the start of the day – so you’ll have images of everyone getting ready, eating, having their hair done and so forth. Reportage style is increasingly popular for contemporary weddings as it provides a complete ‘behind the scenes’ collection of images which are great to look back on!
Work to your Budget
Prices for wedding photography can and do vary greatly, depending on the experience of the photographer involved, their equipment, the size of their business and other factors. A large photography studio in central London will charge substantially more for their services than a tiny studio run by one person. When choosing a photographer, it’s best to ring around a few options for a quote. By speaking to the photographer in person, you’ll get an instant feel for whether you could hire this person, and will be able to compare rates.
Meeting your Photographer
It’s important to meet with your prospective photographer to go through exactly what your vision is for your wedding day. Any professional photographer will usually want to visit the venue to get a feel for the layout, and plan where they might take their shots. A good photographer can navigate around a wedding unobtrusively – they only have one chance to capture a moment, such as the exchange of rings, and so they need to be the best at what they do! They also need to be good with people and be able to gather groups for portrait sessions as well as having the necessary skills and equipment to turn your vision into a reality!
If you’re having reportage style photography, it can be a good idea to take advantage of wedding car hire London. The photographer can travel with the wedding party and capture the excitement of the bridge and/or groom as they arrive at the venue!
Remember, choosing a photographer shouldn’t be an impossible task – always ask to see examples of their previous work and go with your gut instinct. Make sure you find out exactly what they will provide for the rate quoted, and most importantly, choose a photographer that you like and will enjoy having at your wedding.