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Advice From The Experts: Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the run-up to your big day. They’ll make your memories last forever – so you’ll want to make sure you find the person who’s going to capture your day perfectly. But with so many photographers, styles and packages out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve called in the experts to give you their advice on finding your perfect match!

(Cover image from Paul Swift Photography)

Damien Burcher Photography

Where should couples look for wedding photographers?

“Sites like Bridebook, where you can find loads of photographers under one roof, are really helpful. But try Google or Pinterest too. Search for terms your dream photographer might be using, such as ‘light and airy wedding photographer in London’ and see who pops up.”

Queen Bea Wedding Photography

“Search Google for “wedding photographers” and you’ll be shown more than ninety million results… so that’s probably not much use! Post on Facebook and ask, “Anyone recommend a wedding photographer?” It’ll probably be the most popular post you’ve ever made! Again, this isn’t much use – there’ll be hundreds of photographers to choose from. Instead, use the wedding industry itself, such as wedding shows, venue recommendations and online wedding industry leaders like Bridebook.”

John Price Wedding Photography

“A quick Google search for “wedding photographers” will bring up hundreds of photographers to choose from. Remember that being near the top of Google doesn’t necessarily mean the photographer is any good though… It just means they’re good at getting their name to the top of Google! Photographers who appear near the top also tend to be more expensive as they will generally have more enquiries than a photographer a bit further down.”

Damien Burcher Wedding Photography

Andi Watson Photography

What can help couples make a decision between different wedding photographers?

“Look for a full day of wedding shots by your potential photographer. It’s easy to be impressed by one or two ‘wow shots’ – but if the rest of the day isn’t consistent, you may be disappointed. Always ask to see galleries of the full day, ideally with a wedding similar to yours: a winter wedding or a barn wedding, for example. Another major point to consider is their experience. Particularly if it’s a winter wedding or a rainy day, finding a photographer with experience and knowledge of darker locations is very beneficial. You shouldn’t have to miss out on anything because of the weather!”

Laura Rachel Wedding Photography

“If you prefer to meet people in person, go to a big wedding fair. You can suss out a photographer’s vibe and check out physical copies of their work. They’re also a lot of fun!”

Queen Bea Wedding Photography

What should couples avoid when booking a wedding photographer?

“Try not to penny-pinch when it comes to your photography budget as you always get what you pay for. The average price of an experienced wedding photographer is £1500. If you can’t afford the photographer you like, ask what this includes. You could ask to have fewer hours or to have digital images only. This will likely bring the price down and you still get to have a professional, well experienced photographer.”

John Price Wedding Photographer

“One thing that I think is really important in this Instagram age is to be very mindful of photographers who overly process or use filters to change the aesthetic of their images. What is now a fashionable trend could be seen as an “old-fashioned” or outdated phase in a few years’ time. Think about when digital cameras first came out and they had the option to do “spot colour”. You’d have the whole photo in black and white, but the groom’s buttonhole flower is in colour! It looked so great and super cool when it first came out… But now it looks so dated.”

Damien Burcher Wedding Photography

John Price Photography

How can couples make sure they get every shot they want?

“A pre-wedding meeting is a must – approximately six to eight weeks before the wedding date. A good wedding photographer knows what the most important moments are, but this is your chance to mention anything you’re particularly after. There’s no way to specify every single image you’d like throughout the day, but most photographers love getting a list of family photos you’d like to have (including specific pairings of people).”

Paul Swift Photography

“Preparation! Don’t wait until the wedding day – or worse, afterwards! – to realise there was a key shot missed. Do your research and work with your photographer to create a group photo list and a list of any must-have shots. If there’s a special ring tied to the bouquet, tell your photographer! And ask your photographer if there’s enough time for all your requests – you don’t want to be rushing on your wedding day.”

Laura Rachel Photography

“We encourage our clients to create a Pinterest board of wedding photos they love. This way, we can see what style of image resonates with our couples and what’s important to them.”

Andi Watson Photography

How can camera-shy couples feel more comfortable being photographed?

“Have a pre-wedding shoot. On top of receiving a great set of images, a pre-wedding shoot is a great way to build trust and friendship between the couple and the photographer. The couple gets to experience what it’s like to be photographed together and become more comfortable being photographed. In turn, the photographer is also able to see the couple’s personalities and how they react to the camera. I really can’t recommend a pre-wedding shoot enough.”

Paul Swift Photography

“The engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer – which makes getting your photo taken far easier if you’re at all camera shy! – and it’s also a good time to walk about the venue together and discuss ideas.”

Andi Watson Photography

Queen Bea Photography

Do you have any other top tips for couples looking for a wedding photographer?

“Consider two photographers. Having a second shooter is getting more and more common in wedding photography. It’s takes a considerable amount of effort to photograph an entire wedding solo, so you might want to ask your favoured photographer if they can offer a second photographer too. The price of an additional photographer at your wedding will have a great return on investment as it allows your main photographer to really focus on quality while the second shooter can concentrate on grabbing candid shots.”

Paul Swift Photography

“Book the style of photography you want – not what’s trendy, what the photographer wants, what your all your friends used or what your dad or auntie think you should have. If you want something less traditional, with more colour and fun, go for it! At the end of the day, it’s your wedding – and a day you don’t get to repeat. Don’t have any regrets!”

Queen Bea Photography

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