Selecting your photographer
All you need to know to choose the right photographer for you.
10 tips to help you choose
- Do your research. Don’t hire the first person you find; look at internet sites for professionals in your area, ask recently married friends for contacts and check out wedding magazines.
- Make sure they’re qualified. When you’re creating a list of candidates, make sure they have a photographic qualification.
- Meet them in person. Don’t just rely on internet portfolios or a DVD of their work. Getting on with your photographer and feeling comfortable with them is as important as the photos they’ll produce.
- Ask to see a full wedding shoot. Some photographers try and wow you with a variety of pictures, but it’s more helpful to see a complete wedding album to prove they can take consistently good shots.
- Check out their styles. If a photographer is excellent at reportage, then they probably aren’t for you if you only want formal shots.
- Are they taking your pictures? If you’re thinking of choosing a snapper from a larger agency, make sure the person you meet will be the one taking your photographs.
- Find out the complete package. Before you sign on the dotted line it’s vital you know exactly what you’re getting. For example, will the price include a free DVD of all pictures taken or will you have to buy them?
- Do they have an assistant? You’ll need to know exact numbers as it’s usual to provide some food and beverage for the photographer if they’re there for a whole day.
- Are they insured? You may take out your own wedding insurance, but make sure the photographer is covered for accidents and catastrophes too.
- Ask about the internet. Some snappers have web sites, which you can link to and access your pictures - great for friends and family who couldn’t make the big day.
Photography by Ian Waldron Photography, http://www.ianwaldronphotography.co.uk