When organising a Wedding there are so many decisions to be made and minefields to be avoided.
I hope these points will help you when meeting up with and making a decision about your Photographer. It’s not rocket science if you follow these guidelines
- If the Photographer hasn’t been recommended to you by a friend, ask for a reference from the Photographer of a previous couple so you can check with them how the Photographer operated on the day and also in getting images and Albums to them after the Wedding. A Full-time Photographer should be able to get your Albums to you within a couple of months of you giving them your choices of images for the Album. Expect nothing less.
- Do you want to be practiced on by a novice Photographer on your very special day? An experienced Photographer will anticipate those special moments during the day that a novice wouldn’t have the experience to even think about. The lighting during a Wedding is very variable and requires a lot of skill to work with it. A Wedding Photographer works with all of your guests – that could be up to 200 people. Not only can they organise that number but also get stunning shots of them as a group as well as beautiful images of the two of you alone.
- Vicars and Fathers often have strict guidelines as to what a Photographer can and can’t do in the church, as it is a place of worship and respect. An experienced photographer will know how to make the most of these restrictions.
- Registrars often too have restrictions on what a Photographer may do during a ceremony – the history of this is from Photographers who have shown little respect for the ceremony and caused a distraction during one. Ask your Photographer what photographs would they take during the service, and imagine wether they are going to cause a distraction or not.
- The two main recognised bodies in Wedding Photography are the MPA and BIPP. Checking with these bodies, easily done online, you can find out wether your choosen Photographer is acredited and recognised as a Professional. If they have a registration with an accredited Photographic body, the body should be able to tell you when they gained that registration.
- Check that your Photographer has adequate insurance. What would they do if they were ill on the day? What would happen if they broke an arm or leg just before your day? An experienced and trustworthy Photographer will make you feel at ease with their answers.
- Ask to see a Wedding Album that a client is waiting for or to see images that a couple are shown from a whole Wedding. Looking at the images a Photographer wishes you to view will more than likely show you their best work, even work that wasn’t taken at a Wedding but with Models in reasonably relaxed surroundings. This will show you the real work that is taken during a Wedding day and not just a selection that the Photographer can do in a different situation.
- A good Photographer will be passionate about their work. This you will really only find out by meeting with them.
- Photography is a skill you are paying for as well as Photographs. I doubt you’d ask a friend that has scissors and little experience of hairdressing to cut and style your hair on the day. An experienced Photographer with over 10 yrs Professional experience really is the best you should expect. These are Photographers that will have a reputation for their work. If you opt for bargain prices you’ll likely get a basic service.
- And finally ……..Make sure you like your Photographer!! Your Photographer will be with you all day long and maybe into the evening. Some will work ‘in your face’ some will be like ‘a fly on the wall’ . This you should be able to see from their work and by asking others that have booked them.
I wish you all the best with your Wedding Photographer search- what ever you choose will be the right one for you.