When it comes to couples and wedding photography there are a few do’s and don’ts to consider when hiring your photographer, and also on the day itself, we round up 5 of each for you to think about so you know what to think about and what to ensure you don’t do.
1. Do maximise your budget for your photography, it is the one thing you will have at the end that captures all those memories and tells the story of the day. Make sure you get the best wedding photographer you can afford, don’t lower your standards or hire someone you are not happy with just because you have a tight budget, if possible look at other areas where you can save some money, be it flowers, the food, the drink and wine. Whatever you do understand the value of wedding photography and hire the best you can.
2. Do meet up with them, make sure you feel at ease with them an ensure they answer any questions you may have. If you don’t feel at ease with them, relaxed or natural around them then this will show in your photos, meeting up with your photographer is important to see how you get on with them, you want to be relaxed, you want to enjoy talking to them about the plans for your day, you want to feel like you are talking to a friend. If you feel like it is hard work or you are not feeling a connection then consider getting in touch with someone else.
3. Do view complete recent albums of their work. You are looking for consistency and not just a few really good shots, but a whole album and story of quality photography. They may have some great money shots on their website, but you want them to tell a story, the story is worth a lot more to you then 1 or 2 amazing photos. Ensure the quality of their work shines through in completed albums and that it tells a beautiful story.
4. Do go with your gut, if you trust them and love their work, and feel comfortable around them, then go with your gut. If you have any doubts or concerns speaks to them, ensure they put you at ease and answer any questions or worries you may have. If you have any doubts or don’t feel you can trust them then get in touch with someone else, or go and speak to another photographer and see how you feel with them.
5. Do relax and enjoy the day, forget about the camera and relax. You have hired a professional to capture your wedding day, when hiring them you felt at ease with them, you trusted them to do their job, so relax and let them do it. Enjoy the day and your photographer will capture all those amazing moments and emotions for you.
1. Don’t leave it too late. The best photographers can be booked up to 2 years in advance. As soon as you have your date get your wedding photographer booked, even before you have you venue and date confirmed start to look at photographers. Get an idea of the style you like and want, shortlist photographers that you like the look of and perhaps get in touch for prices and more info. As soon as you have your date get in touch with your photographer and get them booked.
2. Don’t ask a family member to be the photographer (Unless they are a professional wedding photographer). You only get one chance, don’t be left saying ‘I Regret Not Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer‘ like this bride. It maybe a great way to save some money however it is important to understand the value and importance of wedding photography, it you understand this then you will hire a professional.
3. Don’t direct your wedding photographer. Trust them and let them do what they have years of experience in. On your wedding day you won’t want to be worrying about everything, directing people around, ensuring everything is being done, hire a photographer you trust and leave them to do their job, leave them to do what they are good at, leave them to do what you are paying them to do. If you don’t trust them don’t hire them.
4. Don’t have your pockets full, thats right guys, empty your pockets, there is nothing worse than the pocket bulge on your wedding photos! Get rid of those phones, wallets and keys, leave them in a safe at the hotel, or in a bag with one of the guests, don’t let your photos be ruined by keys sticking out of your pockets ruining the slick lines of your suit trousers, it will just look odd. At the end of the day all the people you want at your wedding are there, there is no need to be checking your phone and Facebook, you don’t need to be carrying your house keys around with you and if you are the groom people should be buying you drinks to leave your cash at home!
5. Don’t give your photography a long photo list of set staged photos you would like, let them do their job and use their years of experience to get the right photos for you. If there are a few family shots you would like let your photographer know, but don’t give them a long list of shots you want, such as a couple shot down on the little bridge over the brook at the venue, or standing on the steps outside, let your photographer take charge, they will know the best spots, where the best light is and where there is a great backdrop. Relax and let the do their job.
Photography is important, it is also a lifetime investment, so hire the best you can and ensure you do what you can to have the best wedding photos and story you can get. Hire someone you trust and their style and work you love, then relax and enjoy the day. After your wedding when you get an album of your day you will know how worthwhile it was and grateful you are for hiring a professional wedding photographer.