As you are looking for the perfect wedding photographer and found yourself on my page Im sure you have some questions. Let me take you trough what you could expect from me on your special day.
Q: What’s the first thing I should think about when looking for a wedding photographer?
If you already have an idea of the style you’d like to go with, great! This will help narrow down the list of photographers greatly. But if you don't have any specific idea, then look through each website carefully and take notes on what stands out to you.
Next (and probably the most important factor): figure out the budget. Set up a realistic budget for the photography services, from equipment costs to print packages. Make sure you have an idea of what kind of fees are included in each package and make sure it fits within your budget.
You should also factor in if you would need to travel for the photoshoot or if the photographer can come to you. Plus, don’t forget about post-session processing time - some photographers can turn around images quickly while others may require more time.
Finally, look at the photography portfolio and references of your photographer. It’s important to look through all their work so you can get a sense of what kind of photos they take and how comfortable you feel with their level of expertise. Also, ask for references from clients who have worked with them previously - this will give you an idea on how professional and reliable they are.
Q: How long should I book my wedding photographer for?
It’s important to document every moment from the time photographer arrive until the end of reception. This includes getting ready pictures, portraits of the bride and groom before and after the ceremony, family photos, bridal party pics, intimate moments during the ceremony and reception, cake cutting, dancing, and all of the special moments throughout your wedding day! This will also ensure that you get enough coverage for all of the important details that make up your big day.
It’s also a good idea to discuss any additional hours with your photographer if you think it may be necessary. If your wedding is large and you have a lot of family members or if there are multiple locations that the photographer will need to travel to, these may require more time than 8 hours. It’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure you book enough time with your photographer to get all the shots you want. The photographer can also help you determine if more hours will be needed to accommodate your wedding day.
At the end of the day, you want to make sure you are comfortable with the amount of time you’ve booked for your photographer and that they have enough time to capture all of your special moments. An experienced photographer will be able to help you determine the exact amount of time you should book for your wedding day. This will ensure that all of your special memories are captured and that there is enough time to create beautiful photographs of your special day!
Q: How far in advance should I book my wedding photographer?
So if you’re looking for a photographer, the sooner you book one, the better. We suggest booking at least 8-10 months in advance of your wedding day to secure your desired photographer’s calendar spot. From what I’ve seen, many in demand photographers book up to 18 months
Q: How come photographers charge so much?
I know, wedding photography can be expensive, with a range of prices from £200 to £2000 and its a lot on top of what you have already paid to make the day special. In general for the more you pay for wedding photography services the better quality they will be.
Professional photographers offer a service that is far superior to those offered by amateurs or 'Guys With Cameras'. Full-time, well-established photographers will charge much more than the ones just starting in the business or doing wedding photography as a second income.
You are paying for professional service and finished product, as well as photographer talent and skills. A great indicator is being able to deliver excellent results on a consistent basis. This really comes down to experience and having shot many weddings in different situations and light conditions. The result is a professional who is flexible and can think on the spot as well as anticipate what may happen next!
The risk with cheaper photographers is that they will probably not be not as experienced, not as consistent and perhaps lacking proper insurances and full equipment backups.
Professional photographers generally spend a lot of time editing, you aren't just paying photographers to take pictures at your wedding, but also to spend many hours afterwards, carefully editing each image.