Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It will create some amazing memories to mark the start of life together with your partner. But memories alone can fade over time. Good quality wedding photographs are the best way to capture those memories and hold onto them for a lifetime.
There are 1000s of photographers out there ready and willing to take your hard-earned cash in return for a few snap-shots of your big day. But with so much choice how do you know who to choose? Here are a few handy tips for you:
Work out your budget
Your wedding photography typically accounts for around 10% of your total budget. It’s a good idea to work out how much you’re able to spend on the wedding photography before you start looking. If you’re getting married in a different city the photographer will have to travel to your venue, and may add travel expenses onto the price quoted to you. When myself and my wife got married last year in The Lake District we had several quotes from wedding photographers in our hometown of Manchester, but we found it much more cost effective to hire a photographer in Cumbria as he could keep his travel costs down so we were just paying for his photography services for the day, rather than any additional expenses.
Choose a photographic style
Long after the cake has been eaten and the confetti swept up, your wedding photos will be your only reminder of your big day. It’s fairly important to think about how you’d like to remember your big day. There’s the traditional photography style involving staged photos of you two posing with various combinations of the wedding party arranged in height order. You could consider a contemporary style of wedding photography; this is often much more relaxed and informal, spontaneously capturing you and your new spouse laughing and enjoying your magical day. Think about the kind of style you’ll want to look back on in years to come and check out the portfolios of potential photographers to get a feel for how your photos might turn out.
Consider the personality of the photographer
This person will be capturing the best day of your life so it’s important that you get along well with him or her. You should have a good rapport with your wedding photographer. Get to know them and let them get to know you. They should be able to pick up on your tastes based on your personalities, and likewise you should feel comfortable enough to tell them exactly what you do and do not like.
Book your photographer in advance
Some wedding photographers can get fully booked for up to 2 years. If you’re planning a summer wedding or getting married on a Saturday you’ll need to book your photographer as early as possible to ensure you get the one that you want. As soon as you’ve set the date it’s a good idea to start your search for a photographer.
Check the small print
It’s advisable to check the finer details of what you’ll be getting from your agreement with your photographer. Ask for a breakdown of what the quote covers. For example you’ll need to know how long the photographer will be on-site with you and how many prints are included as standard. The photographer will own the rights to the images so all reprints will need to be ordered directly from them. Check whether the photographer will be keeping film negatives or a digital disk as this will affect the reprint costs. It’s a good idea to have a contract drawn up that details the obligations and rights of yourselves and the photographer to avoid any confusion further down the line.
About the author: Sergio Bonaducci is a freelance writer with a wide variety of interests. In addition to this, he has a video game review website containing a variety of reviews and features.