How to choose your photographer
Style - the most important factor to decide on. If you don’t love the way the photographer edits, keep searching. Your gorgeous photos will be edited this way, and there’s such a spectrum of styles. From delicate, fine art shots, to cinematic, darker looks.
Vibe - when you meet/call/Skype, does the conversation flow naturally? if it does, if they ‘get you’, you’re onto a winner. you should both be comfortable with the person that’ll be near to you on your big day.
Package options - if you’d prefer an album to digital images, if you only want short or part day coverage, is this an option? look for someone with flexibility in both these areas.
Previous work - ask to see a full or part day gallery, where possible (previous couples would have to agree to it first).
Experience - while this shouldn’t be a determining factor, you should be comfortable with the level of experience your photographer has. there’s nothing wrong with wanting someone that’s been in the industry for years, there’s also nothing wrong with going for someone that’s just getting started. none of us would still be working in the wedding industry without those early bookings.
Contracts - ask to see a sample one. read it thoroughly, more than once, and ask any questions that you may have. I also recommend taking out wedding insurance, as a cover all. for a small cost, you’ll have extra piece of mind across the board.
Terms - if you’re booking a full day package, ask what that means. is it all of your prep-bar closing, a set number of hours, or something else. for example, my packages are a set number of hours, so there’s flexibility if your ceremony is late afternoon, or if you want coverage from ceremony-daytime speeches.
Cost - for a full day digital package, you can expect quotes of £900+, more if you’re adding a 2nd photographer. this seems like a lot, we get that, but when the flowers have wilted, the dress is put away, your photos are what remains. they tell the story of your day, give you ever lasting memories.
I’ll be adding more across the coming months, keep checking back!