Updated: May 12, 2020
Today's blog post comes from Heather Jackson...
Where do you start with choosing a wedding photographer?
Style is a very good starting point and it’s worth a little research using magazines, blogs and Google. We photographers all have different shooting and editing styles and this leads to very different end results. For example; couples book me to photograph their wedding because they want my documentary style, natural light photography, complimented by couple portraits and some small formal group shots of their closest friends and family. I photograph a lot of weddings in the countryside, outdoor ceremonies, barns and small intimate wedding venues and my romantic editing style lends itself to this.
(Alternatively, you could book a photographer who produces moody atmospheric images, quirky or traditional images).
You and your photographer need to be a good fit for each other, it’s a two way thing. Alongside you loving your potential photographers work, your photographer needs to ‘get you’ to ensure they get the best from you on the day and fit in well with your wedding party. You spend a lot of time with your photographer, it’s important to find someone personable.
Experience and Confidence
Wedding photography is like no other photography! I invest time with my couples before their wedding day, ensuring I know exactly what is happening when and where. This enables me to relax, enjoy capturing your special day, safe in the knowledge that I will be in the right place at the right time. Reading testimonials is a great insight to how couples view their photographer and how they worked throughout the wedding journey.
Everyone will have a budget, but please do not cut back here. In this digital age everyone has a friend that can take good photographs. In this instance I doubt they will have the appropriate professional kit or insurance. They will also need to know how a wedding day works behind the scenes, have a wet weather plan and be able to manage people in a courteous and confident manner.
Your wedding photography is one of the few things that will be with you forever to, one day, hand down to future generations. It is one of the most important decisions you will make about your wedding day.
Please invest time getting this right for you.
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