Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Need help finding the perfect photographer for your wedding?

You’ve found your dream wedding dress, booked a stunning venue, and have everything planned down to a T, from the flowers, cake, décor, bridesmaid dresses – everything is looking perfect.

Now for the difficult part; choosing the wedding photographer! Of course, you want to choose a wedding photographer that will be able to capture the day just how you imagine it to be, so hiring a photographer for your wedding can possibly be the most important part of the planning, because let’s face it, after all that planning and hard work you have put in to make sure the day is perfect, you want to make sure it is captured how you want to remember it, and treasure it.

You may sit there and go through countless wedding photographer’s website’s, scrolling through hundreds of photos of other weddings they have worked with and think that it is impossible to choose. You ask your husband-to-be, and he thinks ‘they all look the same’ or tell you to ‘choose whichever you think is best / will make you happy’ (I know, that’s no help, right?!).

So, we have put together a few tips which will hopefully make this part of the planning a little less stressful.

Relax and Research…
Choose a photographer that will make you feel relaxed, making the whole experience more enjoyable for everybody. Do your research and read some of the reviews online about some of the photographers you have come across (remember that we can’t please everyone, so majority are going to have at least one or two bad reviews – don’t let one bad review put you off). Make sure they’re reliable – The last thing you need to be worrying about is whether the photographer is going to actually turn up. Doing this will most probably help you to narrow down your choices. (You can see my reviews at davidgordonphotography.co.uk/booking/).

Envision…
When looking through examples of photographers’ work, try to envision how your wedding day is going to look and think about the moments you would like to be captured on your special day – When you see albums of their work and think to yourself ‘that’s how I want to remember my wedding’ or even find yourself feeling a little bit jealous of them, then it looks like you’ve found the kind of photographer you’re looking for.

Budget…
Most photographers will have their prices listed on their website, so always make sure to check that they are going to be within your budget. You should do this before looking through their portfolios of work to avoid disappointment – There is nothing worse than finding something perfect for you and then realising it isn’t within your budget. (On the other hand, can you really put a price on perfectly capturing your wedding day?). If you have a couple of options to choose from, compare the prices in packages and what you’re going to get from them to see which one is best suited to your requirements.

Communicate…
Once you have your options narrowed down, speak to the photographers themselves, arrange to meet with them. Before the meeting plan out all the questions you want to ask, tell them about your expectations, their previous work and what they can do for you – Ask as many questions as you can. This way you can get a feel for the photographer, find out if you click, and if you feel comfortable with each other. After all, that’s what is going to be important on the day. If possible, you could even arrange to take them to your wedding venue to show them what you love about it and why you chose it. This way, on the day, they can make sure to capture things how you want to remember it.

Recommendations…
Ask around your friends and family to see if they would recommend the photographer they used for their weddings. You will notice a difference in how enthusiastic someone is about their wedding photos, and how much they rave about the photographer. Chances are, you will feel you can trust a photographer more when someone you know has used the same person. However, we would still recommend to meet with the photographer, look through other examples of their work – Just because your friends were really happy with them, they still may not be the best fit for you, so make sure you choose a photographer for yourself and not for your friends and family.

Before the Wedding…
Book a pre-wedding photoshoot, or an engagement shoot. This will give you the opportunity to see how the photographer actually works, and will give you a chance to see some of their finished work. However, don’t treat this kind of photo shoot as a ‘practice’, as it will always be different on the wedding day, this will just help you to feel a more comfortable around each other before the big day.