Are you getting married? If so, congratulations!
When my husband and I got engaged, I found myself, like many brides to be, daydreaming about my special day, buzzing with excitement. What am I going to wear? Should I go for a traditional wedding gown or a quirky little number? Who should I invite? Will it be an intimate wedding with only my close family and friends, or a lavish celebration lasting several days?
Well, each to their own! one thing is for sure, your wedding will be one of the happiest days of your life! Having said that, getting your head around the immense task of organising a wedding can be quite daunting. So where to start?
Booking a venue is probably number one on the long list of things to sort out. No venue, no wedding. It’s that simple.
But once this is sorted, the NEXT thing you should look for, in my opinion, is a wedding photographer. And I mean LOOK. Properly. Don’t just settle for the first photographer you stumble upon. Take your time. More often than not, photographers you find on the first page of Google know how to market themselves. It doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the perfect photographer for you. Make sure you scroll through their photo gallery and see what you like.
Making sure you have a great photographer at your side on your wedding day is essential. Asking a friend to take photos at your wedding is tempting, as it could save you a bit of money but trust me, not only it is not fair on your friends as they won’t be able to relax and enjoy your big day, but shooting a wedding is not an easy task. A good photographer knows the rhythm of the proceedings and knows how to make you look wonderful, but most importantly they will give you beautiful photographs that have been professionally produced and carefully edited.
Never go for the cheapest OR the most expensive either; price should not be a deciding factor. Of course I am aware that, especially these days, budgets are restricted and some photographers can charge a huge amount of money for their services, but sometimes a couple of hundred pounds make a huge difference to the experience you will have with a photographer. If you REALLY like their style, drop them a line and see if you can pay in instalments for example, or if your wedding falls on a weekday, ask if there is any chance to get a little discount. That’s just an idea of course, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to find the perfect photographer for you.
Think about it. Once your wedding day is over, your wedding album is the only thing that will stay with you forever. Even the most wonderful memories do fade with time. A wedding album, however, is something you can physically hold and look at over and over again. The photographs will be the lasting testament of the most important day of your life and even your children and grand children will fondly look at them and treasure these memories like their own.
As well as liking their portfolio, I would say another key factor in choosing a photographer is their personality. You should always try to meet up with them before the wedding and if, for whatever reason you cannot meet in person, you should at least have a chat on the phone, or Skype! After all they will follow you around for most of your wedding day as well as meet your family and friends. Ideally, you want to hire someone who has the ability to capture all the key moments of your wedding without taking centre stage. Someone discreet, patient and friendly.
A client of mine once told me of a nightmare photographer they met at one of their friend’s wedding. The guy literally took over, telling the bride and groom what to do all day long and complained they were behind schedule. Finally he announced he had waited long enough and wasn’t going to stay any longer. Never mind the speeches, never mind the first dance, he was off! Needless to say, the bride was devastated. Even writing this makes me cringe. It is YOUR wedding day, not theirs. Personally I can’t think of anything worse than having someone I hardly know dictating when photographs should be taken, how long it is going to take etc. Now, don’t get me wrong, a good wedding photographer should have visited the venue before hand, look for the best possible place to take beautiful portraits and so on. But really, this is something that should have been discussed prior to the wedding, between you and the photographer in order to have the day run as smoothly as possible.
Anyway, I could go on forever about why it is so important to make sure you book a good wedding photographer but if I can throw one last little advice it will be this one: BOOK EARLY! Once you set your heart on the perfect wedding photographer for you, the last thing you want to hear is that they are already booked!!!
Best of luck with your search and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch! If you haven’t already please scroll through my wedding portfolio! (To view images click here.)
Thanks for reading!