Choosing the right photographer for your Wedding is obviously a big decision so here are a few tips as to what we think you should be considering and asking:
• Do you like the style of their photography?
• Are they able to show you at least two albums of full weddings from bridal prep to first dance?
• Are they flexible in what they are prepared to do for you?
• Does what they offer fit within your budget? Many sources suggest that you budget no less that 10% of your total budget for your photography. After all, once the cake has been eaten. the flowers have wilted and your beautiful dress packed away, the only permanent reminder of the biggest day in your lives will be the photos captured for you on the day by your Wedding photographer.
• Do they offer a range of options that will fit WHAT YOU WANT? - or do they insist that you have a package with an album included even though you said you didn’t want or couldn’t afford one? We offer all couples the opportunity to simply pay for their photography and a disc of images with the option of ordering an album after the Wedding once their finances have recovered!
• Do they have all the necessary insurances (Public and Employer Liability and Professional Indemnity) in place? Some venues no refuse entry to photographers who can’t produce proof of insurance.
• Do they have backup equipment? Being very expensive doesn’t mean that professional cameras never fail and when they do it could ruin your day if there was no backup available.
• Do they have backup photographers? Anyone can get sick unexpectedly so it’s important to know they have a plan B should that happen.
• Do they have testimonials from previous couples?
• Do they offer a pre-wedding meeting or engagement shoot?
• Will they attend your rehearsal (assuming a church Wedding)? Good to meet your Vicar or Priest to check what photography they will allow on the day.
• Will the person who sold you their services be your photographer on the day or will a complete stranger turn up?
• Is the photographer someone you can relate to and get along with? After all, other than your new Spouse, you will spend more time with your photographer than anyone else on your big day. If you think they are not the type of person you could get along with then it is likely to end up a stressful experience which will most likely show in the photos of what should be the happiest day of your lives.
I appreciate this is quite a lot to digest but it is the most important day of your lives so hopefully this will help you Brides and Grooms to be out there in making your choice and avoiding the possible pitfalls along the way.
Good luck and please feel free to call us for a no obligation meeting to discuss your big day.
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