Most of us would love to have incredible photographs of our wedding day that we’ll flick through and grin at for years to come. When you get married, there’s so much going on, and the day whizzes by in a whirlwind of laughter, tears, and love. You may not be aware of what’s going on around you or have the time to take stock of how beautiful the flowers look or how much fun your little bridesmaids and page boys are having scampering around in the grounds. Hiring a fabulous photographer will not only give you memories to cherish forever. It will also give you a more rounded view of what happened on your big day, and how that spectacular day unfolded. The feelings and emotions you experienced will be captured on film, and looking at those snaps will transport you back to that memorable day. If you’re getting married, here are some top tips to help you find the perfect wedding photographer.
Have you been to lots of weddings? If so, have you seen the images on social media or have you had the pleasure of looking through your friends’ wedding albums? Asking friends and family members for recommendations is a really great way of tracking down an excellent photographer, particularly if you were at the wedding, you saw the photographer in action, and you were impressed with the finished article.
The Internet is a brilliant resource for sourcing wedding supplies and looking for everything from local caterers and photographers to DJs and venues. If you’re not familiar with any photographers in the area, search online, and get a list of names. Visit websites, and take a look at some galleries and portfolios. Have a think about the style of photography you’re looking for, and arrange some meetings.
It’s always a good idea to arrange to meet photographers before you make a decision. You can have a chat about the types of images you want, go through packages and prices, and have a look at samples of their work. It’s important that the photographer understands what you’re looking for, so be clear, and put your ideas across, as well as listening to theirs. If it helps, you can take in some examples of snaps you’ve seen in magazines or online. You’re going to spend a lot of time with your photographer in the day, so it’s advisable to go with somebody who makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Once you’ve chosen a photographer, compile a list of the shots that you desperately want on the day, and come up with a rough running order. Most couples want staged photographs of their families and the bridal party, for example. Once you’ve got these shots, the photographer can use their experience and creativity to freestyle and get some more relaxed, spontaneous photos.
For most of us, choosing the right photographer is really important. If you’re planning a wedding, think carefully before you make a decision, look for inspiration from other weddings, and meet up with your photographer to go through ideas. It’s essential that you feel relaxed on the day, so fo for somebody that makes you feel comfortable and confident.