Choosing a wedding photographer is difficult. If your wedding cake is a little dry, or the wine isn’t quite as you were expecting, you’ll forget all about it in time, but if your wedding photos aren’t what you wanted, that’s an entirely different issue, and one which you will be reminded of every time you open your wedding album.

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It’s important to have an idea of the style of wedding photography you would like. I specialise in reportage, candid or documentary style wedding photography. This means I tell the story of your wedding day, documenting it, rather than directing it. I still create gorgeous portraits and family shots, of course, but I like to take a lighter touch, and allow the joy of your day to come through naturally in the photos.

Experience is obviously important. It’s very easy to save a few hundred pounds and find an inexperienced photographer who is trying to build his / her portfolio, and if your budget is very tight, this might be the best option, but be aware that a lack of experience means that they might not be as prepared on the day, and might not know how to deal with some situations. If you’d prefer a safer alternative, it’s worth looking for experience. Personally, I’ve photographed weddings for eleven years at the time of writing, and I’m rapidly approaching my 600th wedding - there aren’t many situations I’ve not encountered.

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Ask about the equipment they use. Obviously you’re (probably) not a professional photographer, and might not know the ins-and-outs of pro camera equipment, but at least make sure that your potential photographer carries backup equipment, and has a contingency plan for when things go wrong (because things DO go wrong). I shoot with FujiFilm equipment, currently the XT-3 and the X-Pro2 as my main camera bodies, and a range of professional lenses. Each camera records to two SD cards at the same time, making sure that there’s a constant backup of your photos being made. There’s also a second camera bag in the car, including spare cards, lenses and flash guns, because quite frankly, you can’t be too careful. Please please please don’t book a wedding photographer that only brings one camera body to your wedding. They aren’t taking it seriously, and you shouldn’t take them seriously.

Make sure you take a look at their portfolio! Is the style of their work similar to the images you have seen online and liked? Is the style consistent? Ask to see an extended set from just one wedding, to make sure the work is of a high quality across the day. Anyone can pick out their 20 or 30 best images, but if these are all from different weddings, it may be a warning sign.

Check what’s included in the package, for the price you’re paying. Make sure there’s no hidden charges, and what rights you have to the images once they’re delivered. Couples I work with always get a full set of fully edited, high resolution digital files from their wedding, that they can have printed, share with friends and relatives, and do pretty much whatever they like with. Make sure you ask the question before you sign the contract.

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Above all, make sure you click with your photographer (no pun intended). You’re going to be spending most of your wedding day with them, so it’s important you get on. If you’re at ease with your wedding photographer, it will make everything so much easier, and massively improve your wedding photographs.

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