Choosing a wedding photographer

Congratulations! You’ve just got engaged, wedding plans are in full swing, budgets agreed (eek) and the date set.

There is so much to think about and so many costs mounting up you might be tempted to just pick any photographer or to go for the cheapest one… but let me tell all you brides to be out there, having been there myself, do not skimp on the photographer! It may seem like a small insignificant detail now but believe me, 7 years down the line it is hard to remember every detail…

All those little small details you painstakingly planned, like how the marquee was decorated and the gifts were placed in a vintage suitcase, or like making jam for wedding favours or sourcing pretty little birdcages for the tables (or is that just me?). These details felt like the most important things in the world in the lead up to your big day, but the photos… they are what you are left with and what will shape the memories you have of the day and be the window into your wedding for future generations to come… so I am telling you now, they are so important!

It goes without saying that you need to be sensible and stick to a realistic budget, but my advice would be to go spend as much as you comfortably can and if you need to make cutbacks elsewhere, do that instead. That’s not to say that the most expensive photographers will be guaranteed to be the best. It’s important that you pick the right one for you.

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You need to decide on the style of wedding photography you want and find one that suits you and your partner.

The most popular styles of wedding photography are:

  • Traditional – which is quite posed and features less spontaneous images. These can be quite formal rather than natural but can be useful to ensure you get all the group photos you want taken and people don’t get missed!
  • Classical – this is very staged with shots being set up in great detail and lit to perfection. The result can be stunning but can be quite time consuming and may eat into your day quite significantly.
  • Photojournalistic or reportage – a much more relaxed approach where the photographer captures your day as it happens and aims to candidly record events.
  • Artistic – this isn’t so much style of photography, more the type of end result you will be left with. It could mean the addition of props or could be what the photographer does with them in the editing stage with effects or colours.

Enjoy doing your research and getting some inspiration. My last piece of advice would be, when you’ve made a shortlist of photographers, speak to them, meet with them and choose someone you get on with and you are comfortable spending time with. It will be one of the best and most important days of your life, you want to surround yourself with people you like!

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