If you follow my blog on a regular basis, then you’ll know that I am just starting to plan my wedding. So far we haven’t got a date in mind, just a wedding plan book and a lot of ideas to work with. One area that, until recently, we hadn’t really thought about was our wedding photos. I don’t know why it just wasn’t something that we’d deemed to be of high importance. However, we couldn’t have been more wrong.
When it comes to your wedding, the memories of the drinking and the dancing will quickly fade. Your photos, however, will last forever, which is why getting them right is so important. It’s easy to think that a photographer is a photographer and that all images will be on par with each other, but that’s not the case.
The important thing is to pick a photographer that you feel comfortable with, is highly skilled and works in a style that you love. To help make picking the perfect person a little easier for you, I thought I’d share a few tips.
The first thing I did, when it came to looking for photographers, was look for inspiration, and I would recommend that you do the same. Browse Pinterest and Instagram for wedding photos and get an idea of what styles you like. Any images that you like the look of save or Pin them. That way, you can come back to them for reference later on. Here’s some of the images that I loved: https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/wedding-photos/.
Once you’ve done your research, look back at your favourite snaps and see if there’s a connection. For instance, after looking back at my fave wedding photos, I realised that I loved the idea of natural wedding photography. This means no posed images or group shots, but lots of lovely natural pictures. If you’re not a fan of natural wedding photography, you might prefer classic pictures or more artsy shots. It’s just a case working out what you and your partner like and want.
Do your homework
Once you’ve decided what type of wedding photography you’d like, the next step is to do your homework. Google the type of pictures you want and see which photographers come up. While I was browsing, I came across http://www.weddingsbyjp.co.uk/wedding-photographer-bridgend. I fell in love with the style of photography that was on offer and realised that a natural shoot was definitely for me.
It’s just a case of doing your research, finding the best options and narrowing them down. The best way to narrow down your options is by looking at factors like cost, experience, location, and quality. For instance, there were some photographers that I loved, but the cost or distance put me off of using them.
Have a practice shoot
Once you’ve found the perfect person, the next step is to meet them. It’s important to meet and get to know your photographer so that on your wedding day, you feel comfortable. This is important, as if you’re not comfortable, it will show in your pictures.
The best way to ensure that you’re comfortable is to organise a practice shoot before your wedding. This can be an engagement shoot or just a pre-wedding one, it’s completely up to you. The fiance and I will be having a pre-wedding shoot closer to the time to ensure that we’re comfortable with our photographer.
So there you have it, all the ins and outs of choosing a wedding photographer.