Whether you’re opting for an extravagant wedding attended by all of your friends and family, or a small, intimate ceremony with only nearest and dearest loved ones present, having a fantastic wedding photographer on hand to capture your day is absolutely essential.
After all, your wedding day will inevitably pass by in a whirlwind of emotions, so it will be the role of your wedding photographer to immortalise each special moment of your day for you to revisit for a lifetime. But when there are so many wedding photographers to choose from, how do you find the one that is right for you?
In this article we’ll share with you our must-know tips on choosing a wedding photographer, to ensure that your big day looks just as good in your wedding album as it does in your memories.
Decide on the aesthetic that you want for your photos
Every wedding photographer has their own signature style, so take a look at the online portfolios of several local photographers so that you can see how their aesthetics vary – it can be quite drastic! For example, some photographers like to take very traditional posed portraits of the wedding party, whereas others prefer to take more discreet, candid snaps throughout the day with posed photographs kept to a minimum.
It might be easier to have an idea of what type of photos you don’t want, especially if you aren’t comfortable with being photographed yourself. When looking at photographer portfolios, pay attention to the moments and details that they have captured, how comfortable people appear in the photos, and the overall mood of the images – is it how you want your own wedding photos to look?
Try and allocate as much budget as possible to the photographer
Everyone loves a bargain, and when you’re already paying out so much money for a wedding, it’s natural to try and cut back wherever possible. However a quality wedding photographer can be costly for a reason, as not only are they with you on the day of your wedding capturing those all-important photos in the exact way you’d like, but also spending time after your wedding carefully editing and enhancing their photos to make them look as fantastic as possible.
So if you think you’ve found the perfect wedding photographer for you, but their prices are beyond what your budget allows, try to cut back on another area of your wedding spending to accommodate, or ask them if they can tailor a wedding photography package that is more affordable for you. After all, your wedding photographs are memories that last forever, so they are worth investing in!
Meet with your photographer in plenty of time before the wedding
When you’ve narrowed your choices down to one or two photographers, set up face-to-face meetings with them to help you make that final decision. Your wedding photographer will be with you throughout your big day so it’s crucial that you get along with them and are able to communicate to them what you want; meeting with them at least once before your wedding day is your opportunity to ensure that you ‘click’ with them – quite literally.
You should set up a meeting with your photographer at your venue so that you can explore together, pick out your favourite backdrops for your wedding photographs, point out the details that you wish to be included, and ideally take some pre-wedding photographs to put you all at ease. This meeting is also the opportunity for you to explain to your photographer exactly what you do and don’t want to have in your photographs, so that when your wedding day arrives, you can relax in the knowledge that it’s all being captured perfectly.
And when you do finally receive your amazing wedding photographs, Transform Your Images can turn your most favourite shots into a stunning canvas print or a piece of photo wall art for your home together, or as a gift for friends or family members that made your day special.