Every year, there are over 200,000 couples getting married throughout the UK. If you're preparing to join them, one of the things you need to do is hire a wedding photographer.
But, with so many professional photographers to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
Fortunately, it's easier than you think. Just follow these ten tips and you'll find the best wedding photographer for you!
Keep reading to find out how!
1. Pick a Style
Before you start looking for a wedding photographer, you and your partner need to decide on what type of style you want for your photographs. Since different photographers shoot in different styles, this is important for ensuring you get the images you want.
Some common styles include documentary, Filmic, or fine art/dramatic. Once you know what you like, it'll be easier to find a wedding photographer that works with that style.
2. Check Reviews
The next thing you want to do is check reviews. Find out from people who have actually worked with that photographer to see what they think.
You can look at reviews on the photographer's site, but if you can find reviews on another website, those are even better. After all, the photographer doesn't have control over what's posted on another site, so those will be completely honest.
3. Be Prepared
When talking to potential photographers, you need to be prepared to answer all of their questions and to ask yours. This will make the beginning part of the process easier for both of you.
Some things you need to have ready include:
What style and aproach are you looking for
Number of photographers required
Do they include an album
Any other expectations of the photographer
The questions you'll want to ask the photographer can be found in other points on this list, so keep reading to learn those!
4. Set Your Budget
Professional wedding photography starts at £1000 but can easily reach up to £10,000 and beyond.
Keep in mind that you're not just paying for the eight hours they spend at your wedding. You're also covering the time they spend editing your photos afterwards, and the expertise they bring, the team that will be working with you on the day and months before the wedding, the equipment they use and many other costs such as insurance and licencing.
Price can be a great indicator of experience and often quality. Of course, budget is always a consideration, but photography is the one thing that remains after the wedding. Being too conservative when budgeting for your wedding photography can be disastrous. When it's all said and done, how will you remember your day?
5. Ask About Locations
If you already know exactly where you want your creative wedding photographs and/or engagement photos taken, you may think you don't need to do this.
However, even if you don't pick any of them, it's good to ask anyway. A mark of a good wedding photographer will have a list of locations ready for you. This can also give you a better idea of their style.
6. Consider Personality
Be sure to consider the personality of the photographer as you're meeting with them. You'll enjoy your sessions more and get better results if you get along well with the photographer.
If something just doesn't click between you and a photographer, don't be afraid to keep looking. There are plenty of options out there, so there's no reason to stick with someone that makes you uncomfortable.
7. Ask About Package Deals
Many photographers will offer package deals if you hire them for both your wedding photography and your wedding videography. This can be a great way of making sure the photography and filming run smoothly since the photographer and filmmaker will have worked together many times before.
You will want to make sure your photographer includes a second photographer in their packages. This is an extremely important detail that cannot be missed. Whilst the primary photographer is focused on capturing the action, the second photographer is free to get those informal, natural and candid reactions.
Something else to keep in mind is that you may want to book an engagement session to make sure you're going to get along with the photographer.
In that case, you'll want to check out the following tip so you don't get stuck with a photographer you don't like or losing your deposit.
8. Schedule an engagement session
To figure out if you're going to work well with a certain photographer, consider asking them to do an engagement session first. Photographers will often give good rates to do a one, to, two-hour shoot with you.
You can still use the photographs from this shoot to update the artwork in your home, but could save yourself some trouble by realising early it's not going to work out.
9. Ask About the Timeline
One of the questions you'll need to ask during a meeting is about how long you can expect to wait to receive your photographs. There is quite a bit of time and work that goes into perfecting them following the wedding, so some studios may take a while to get them back.
How long it takes will vary massively from studio to studio. Some photographers will offer limited editing on all photographs, and then provide additional services for a few images.
This should be a massive concern when it comes to picking a photographer. We have all heard the horror stories of couples waiting 6+ months to see their photos. Top wedding photography studios will deliver images in less than 2 weeks.
10. Learn Your Rights
This point is referring to the copyrights of the photos. Every photographer will have a slightly different policy regarding them. In most cases, the photographer expects to retain the right to the images so they can use them in their galleries.
Often, you will then get your photos back with the photographer's watermark on them so nobody else can claim to have taken them. In some cases, you will only be able to get prints from the photographer.
These are all things you need to know in advance so there are no surprises later down the road. In most cases, you can expect to pay extra to purchase the copyrights and have full access to your wedding photos.
Ready to Hire a Wedding Photographer?
Now you have 10 tips to help you hire a wedding photographer that will exceed your expectations and capture those important memories in an artistic and elegant way. By choosing the right one, you'll end up with incredible pictures to cherish for years to come.
If you're ready to hire a wedding photographer, contact us today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about how we can provide you with unforgettable wedding photos.