30 Jul 5 STEPS TO CHOOSING THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY
Choosing any wedding supplier can be a daunting task. Your suppliers play a huge part in bringing your wedding dreams to reality and in the case of your wedding photographer, documenting those memories for you to look back on and enjoy for years to come.
The suppliers you chose will be such a huge part of your day, I can understand the pressure to get it right. So how do you go about choosing your wedding photographer? Let’s have a look.
Decide On What Wedding Photography Style You Like
The very first place to start when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer is to first decide on what style of photographs you both like and want for your wedding. The easiest way to do this is by taking a look at the types of wedding photographs that resonate the most with you. Take a look at your wedding Pinterest board or saved Instagram posts and ask yourself what style are these images? Look at them in relation to the two biggest factors:
- Composition – do you gravitate towards more posed images? Are they all artistic and using creative lighting? Are they relaxed and natural images? Are they serious and “deep” or light-hearted and happy?
- How the images are edited. Do they feature muted colours or bright colours? Do they have an airy or moody feel about them? Are they heavily stylized or more natural?
You can most likely fit the style of images you like into one of the most common types of wedding photography (Traditional, Fine Art, Documentary, Contemporary or Creative) and bingo – you know what style of wedding photographer you are looking for.
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- Reviews – one of the biggest indicators. What have previous couples (and even suppliers) said about them. Most suppliers should have Facebook reviews visible so you can start here. You can ask your wedding venue if you know they have worked there what they thought, was the couple happy. Do they have any google reviews or directory reviews such as Bridebook? Find out exactly what previous clients thought of them as this can give you the biggest indicator as to what to expect should you book them.
- Previous Galleries – next you’ll want to actually look at previous galleries. Naturally, as photographers, we post our favourite images to our social media accounts and websites, so to really give you a true indication of what to expect from a whole gallery you need to see a couple of them. Any photographer proud of the work they produce should have no problem at all in giving you access to some recent galleries to have a peek in. So if one says no, or only offers a curated collection such as a blog post you may want to ask yourself why.
- Read what they say about themselves. Not usually on the list when it comes to finding a supplier but I think this is a big one! How do they describe their work? How do they like to work? What are they like as a person on paper? How do they write on social media? Does all of this fit with how you imagine your wedding photographer to act, say, be? Ultimately you and your wedding photographer will form a partnership so you want to make sure it is the right fit before heading to the final stage.