Wedding Planning Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
I was recently asked to write a guest blog post for one of my local venues with a few tips on choosing your wedding photographer and thought it would be helpful to share my answers here. Over recent years the move to digital photography means it’s never been easier to capture great looking images and present them on some pretty swanky looking websites. However, great kit and impressive presentation only tells a small aprt of the story.
What questions should a couple ask when meeting a wedding photographer?
When you’re searching for your photographer it’s likely that you’ll have a heap of questions. Some will seem more relevant than others but don’t worry – photographers will have been asked them all before and should be happy to take time to answer all your queries or concerns. If it’s important to you then ask away! To help with your decision making, there are also a few questions you should ask yourselves:
- Do we feel a positive connection with this photographer and their approach to their work?
- Do we like this photographers photos and the way in which they’ve been edited?
- Has this photographer listened, acknowledged and answered all our questions and concerns?
- Do we trust this person to capture the biggest day of our lives?
If you can answer yes to all of these, the chances are you’ve found your perfect photographer!
How far in advance should a couple be looking to book a photographer?
My advice is for couples to choose their photographer soon after having booked their venue. I’m usually booked around a year in advance but for popular summer dates this might be anything up to 2 years before the day.
What photos should be on a couples ‘must shoot’ list?
This will vary from one couple to another but really it’s about what’s most important to you. For some couples the emphasis will be on family groups or ensuring they have photos with a relative who has travelled from around the world to help celebrate their wedding. For others it might be details and decorations they’ve spent months planning and preparing. In truth, there’s no single answer – think about what’s important to you and then discuss this with your photographer.
What part of the day is your favourite thing to shoot at a wedding?
For me, it’s the short period immediately after the wedding ceremony when couples are being greeted and congratulated by their family and friends. This is the time when I’m able to capture those wonderful spontaneous moments of happiness and emotion. My aim is shoot as unobtrusively as possible and this is the period when everyone completely ignores the photographer and all attention is on the couple, meaning I can capture shots as naturally and with the minimum of fuss.
What time of year is the best to photograph?
My favourite time of year is late summer/ early autumn for its warm, slanted light and long shadows. This is also the time of year for glorious Suffolk sunsets! In truth though, with experience and a little forward planning, any time of year works well be it the height of summer or deepest winter.
What’s your top tip to couples on their wedding day?
Make time for each other! Ok, it may be bit of a cliche, but the day really will fly by and can be bit of a blur. If you can, take a time out from the reception and spend a few minutes together taking stock of your day so far. The grounds at Easton Grange are perfect for this and I suggest setting aside a few minutes to take a walk together down to the bridge or into one of the meadows – there’s something quite special about pausing for a moment and taking in the atmosphere of your day.
I am a full-time, professional wedding photographer based just outside Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast. Since my first in 2008, I’ve shot more than 200 weddings in just about every setting you can imagine and specialise in the relaxed, informal shots my couples love.
You can read reviews from previous couples on my Facebook page and I’m honoured to be recommended by a selection of top-notch wedding venues across the region including Bruisyard Hall, Haughley Park, Easton Grange and Chippenham Park
If you’re planning your own wedding, drop me a line for availability and prices.