6 Tips for Booking a Great Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography

So you’re getting married? Congratulations!

Now it’s time to plan the biggest day of your life. The project management side of wedding planning tends to be managed by the bride, so grooms - try not to get in the way!

When looking at photographers for your big day, it can be overwhelming. Simply going to Google and searching ‘Wedding Photographer’ will get you dozens and dozens of results. So where to start? Well, I’ve written the below tips to try and help you on your way! (Aren’t I nice?!)

  1. Think of your budget. Weddings are expensive - that won’t come as news to anyone. However, it’s always a good idea to think about your photographer early in the planning process. The photographs are a very important part of the day, as I always say, the food will be eaten, the dancing will be forgotten (hopefully!) but you’ll have the photos forever. So it’s worth investing a good amount of your budget in them. Many say around 10% is ideal, but this will vary. Whatever you do, don’t spend less than £800 for the full day - often cheaper photographers aren’t full time pros - you don’t want to employ an inexperienced hobbyist who bought a nice camera and does a couple of weddings on the side! Photographing a wedding is a lot of work; it involves preparation, travel, photography, direction and post-production of the images. Bear this in mind when you’re looking at what seem to be high prices - after all, you get what you pay for.

  2. Do meet with your photographer beforehand. Whether it’s on Skype or in person, it’s important to meet your photographer and discuss what you want and expect from the day, and of course get their input (whether creatively or practically) on how to achieve the best shots. It’s crucial that you describe any shots you would like them to cover at this stage - any particular groups of friends or family - for instance your Uni friends or a shot with your long lost uncle from Australia! At this point you can also discuss any extras you would like, such as wedding albums to showcase the photography. You should expect a couple of meetings to really flesh our the finer details - the better your photographer knows you and what you expect, the better job they’ll do.

  3. Make sure you feel like you can get along with your photographer. Now, you don’t have to be best buddies, but your photographer will be a big part of your day. Don’t underestimate how important it is that they mesh with you personality-wise. You’ll be spending time with them beforehand, they may well be present for some shots of you getting ready, and of course you’ll be having a photoshoot where it’s just you and the photographer at some point during the day. It will make the whole process easier if you feel you’re with a friend rather than just another supplier.

  4. Invite them in for the wedding breakfast. Now I know weddings are expensive, but if you can it’s a great idea to have your photographer be part of the wedding breakfast, sat with your guests. It’ll make it a lot easier for them to get those candid shots of your friends and family having a good time. The more integrated with the day that they are, the better photos you’ll get!

  5. Be clear on what happens and when. You’ll have a schedule for your day, which you’ll most likely fall behind on - don’t worry it happens to everyone - but it’s important your photographer is aware of timings. For a good chunk of the day, after the ceremony through to the wedding breakfast certainly, your photographer will most likely be coordinating events. They need to know when the meal will be served, otherwise they may get carried away taking pics and you don’t want hungry guests waiting for some food!

  6. Think about delivery. I’ll wrap it up here, as I could go on and on, but it’s important to know when to expect your photos. Some photographers will deliver the shots within a few days, others a few weeks. You’re paying for a service so you need to know when you’ll get your product. You don’t want to be in a position where you’ve got back from honeymoon, still don’t have any photos and are wondering when you’ll get them. Just make sure your photographer confirms what you can expect and when, it’ll make it easier on everyone concerned.

There you have it, a slightly unconventional list of 6 things to think about when looking (and booking) wedding photographers. I hope you find them of use, and if you have any questions - just drop me a line!