grooms face in the lead up to their wedding. It is an important decision you don’t want to get wrong! What things should you look for and what questions should you ask before finally making an informed decision.
Decide on your Budget
Most couples have a budget to work within. Wedding photography is a professional service and can be expensive and vary in price dependent on the area you live, the service you need or the time of year you get married.
Allow approximately 10 – 15% of your wedding budget for photography costs. This will rule out photographers outside of your price range.
Research!, Research!, Research!
Search for all the industry professionals in your area and make a list. Ask your friends for recommendations, contact bridal shops, venue providers and check web listings and social media sites, groups and pages. I know it sounds like a lot of work but you wouldn’t choose your reception venue without seeing it first!!
Make a Shortlist.
When you have made a list of photographers go through them all, looking at samples of their work on the internet. If you like the style and look of their work contact them and ask if they are available on your wedding date. Check out the price for the services you need, including the price of albums if you want one. If you are happy with the answers, arrange a meeting with them.
Meeting the Photographers
Try and arrange a meeting for you and your partner to meet either at the photographers place of work or in your own home. Make sure they will be the person attending your wedding, (the actual photographer) ask to see further examples of work, reviews from previous brides or ask if you can contact previous clients.
Think about the questions you want to ask them to help you make a final decision:
How experienced is the photographer? Do they specialise in wedding photography? How soon after the wedding can you expect to receive your image disc, prints or proofs? Roughly how many pictures will you receive?
How did you get on?
Did you like them? Was the photographer nice and polite? It is so important if you have a good relationship with your photographer. Make sure you like the photographer as well as their portfolio! Remember if you don’t get along on the day it could make your big day a stressful one. Ask yourself can you spend possibly the whole day with that person when you are tired, stressed and just want to sit down after a long day?
If you find a photographer that you like – book them!!! Don’t take a chance and wait. Good photographers can be booked 12 to 24 months in advance.