Choosing a wedding photographer can be a minefield, with so many options, styles, approaches and, possibly most-importantly, price points. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the range of choice available. Making sure you choose the right photographer, from the thousands available in the UK, is essential, so here's my tips on how to choose the perfect wedding photographer for your big day:
When first looking for a photographer, make a shortlist of photographers who have a style that speaks to you. Whether you want reportage wedding photography, a more traditional approach, or a wedding photographer with a quirkier style, you'll find plenty of options that match your own vision for your wedding - make a note, contact them, and book some appointments.
Shooting weddings is very different to shooting sports, news, landscapes or models - it's a live event, with it's own pitfalls and potential hazards. Does the photographer you're considering have experience in weddings? Can they prove this? The difference between an experienced wedding photographer, and an inexperienced one, is that the experienced photographer will know just where to be, and when, in order to get the shots that will make you gasp when you see them (in a good way!)
Any photographer worth booking will have reviews and testimonials available for you to read, and will be happy to put you in touch with past clients. Get in touch with them, and check that they were delighted with their booking.
It's pretty straightforward to get a few decent shots from a wedding, so make sure you check out a full album from one or two weddings, as well as their portfolio, to make sure that the photographer's work is consistent. If it's a couple of stunning shots, and the rest is very average, consider looking elsewhere. You'll know the work you love when you see it.
It's not essential that the photographer you book has worked in your venue before, but it helps. If a photographer has been there before, they know how the venue works, where the best spots are, and how to make the most of your big day.
Does the photographer have a network of colleagues who they can call upon in the unlikely event of an emergency? It's all well and good them telling you that you'll get a refund if they're ill, but it's far better if they'll make sure there's backup, just in case.
At the end of the day, it comes down to your gut feeling, your instinct. Does the photographer answer your questions confidently? Are they flexible? Do you feel comfortable knowing they'll be at your wedding all day? Are they friendly? Follow your gut, and you won't go far wrong.