I have been so slack when it comes to this wedding planning malarkey! Not because I don’t want to get married or I’m not interested in planning it; we’ve just had a million things to do first.
Well now I can officially say that we have booked our photographer – yay! It took us a while to find the right person for the job, we had a few requirements that needed to be fulfilled and this took some time.
They say that the photographer is the most important part of your wedding and I really understand why now. Your photos are all you have left to remember that wonderful day (especially if your memory is as bad as mine) so you want your photographs to capture your day perfectly!
So many women that I’ve spoken to have said that out of the dress, stories, ring, even their parter, the photographs are what brings back those beautiful memories.
I envisage friends and family coming over for a cuppa and browsing through the coffee table book of stunning pictures while reminiscing about our magical day.
So with that in mind, here are my top tips for finding the perfect wedding photographer:
1) Allow a nice portion of your budget
As I said before, photos are one of the most important parts so don’t be alarmed when your quoted in the thousands. It may seem a lot but when you break it down into email correspondence, meetings, engagement shoots, a full days wedding shoot, travel expenses, editing hours and the price of the USB and album – even a £1500 price tag is working for less than minimum wage!
2) Don’t break the bank
Although I do believe that higher prices mean higher quality; don’t skint yourself. Some photographers will charge extortionate prices for little work. If you fall in love with a photographers style make sure you’re not being blindsighted by their awesomeness!
3) Check their testimonials
Many photographers have social media accounts so it’s worth checking out their Facebook page or Instagram accounts to see what previous customers have said.
4) See examples of their work
Don’t just go by price or good reviews. Browse through their pictures online and when you meet with them, look through their sample albums. If they don’t have examples to show you I wouldn’t waste your time, you need to know what you’re getting at the end.
5) Meet with them first
Speaking on the phone or via email is fine but it’s great to meet them in person. They’ll be coordinating not only you and your partner but your whole wedding party so you want to be happy that they’re personable and easy to talk to.
6) Ask for their ideas
You may have seen a bunch of ideas on Pinterest but what can they offer you? Have they got new ideas that you hadn’t even thought of? Is your 10 person high wedding guest tower really practical?
8) What does their package include?
Does the price cover a photo album or just a USB? Will you get them for the whole day or half? find out exactly what you’re getting as a low price may mean you’re not getting a lot!
9) Can you tailor make a package?
Of you don’t want the USB stick could you swap that for an extra hours photography? Don’t want a large photo alb – how about two small ones?
10) Meet at the venue first
Meeting them at the venue ensures that they know the best locations for pictures as well as the lighting and any other opportunities or restrictions
11) Will you have a pre wedding shoot?
This is a fab way to not not practise poses but gives you a chance to know how to work with the photographer. You’ll get to know how they direct and they’ll know your best side! You could also use the snaps for your wedding invites!
12) Read the small print
What happens if the wedding (touch wood it won’t) gets cancelled or if your photographer can’t make it? Do they have a back up or can you get your money back? What are the parent options? Can you pay monthly or is it a one off payment?
Once you’ve considered all of these and know that you’ve found ‘the one’; book up!
Photographers get booked up crazy quickly so secure your date and tick another thing off the list!
These are just my top tips from my experience so far. It took us a while but we are so happy to have finally found an amazing photographer called Mia from mia photography. Her work is incredible and really captures the beauty of her subjects!
We cannot wait to share our special day with us let her capture our memories!
Thanks for reading xx