The whole picture
Wedding photographs are the key memento of your big day, here’s how to ensure they’re picture-perfect.
If there’s one area it’s advisable not to try and cut corners, it’s photography. If done well, these are images that you will treasure forever and put in albums to look at for years to come, so it’s worth every penny to hire a professional.
Questions to ask...
Q What’s your photography style?
Study real-life weddings (magazines like The Wedding Planner are a good source) to see what style of photography you both like.
Then find out if the photographer you’re looking to hire can match your preference, such as posed, formal shots; relaxed, photojournalistic style pictures or a combination of the two.
Ask to look at portfolios of their previous work, including a wedding from start to finish – this way you can see if their work flows.
You also need to discuss whether you want black and white (it’s a very flattering format), colour or sepia images or a mixture of mediums.
Q How much input can we have?
Always remember it's your wedding day and you're the ones paying. A good photographer will spend time with you before your big day discussing your wedding location and what key shots you would like.
Make sure you feel relaxed and at ease with your photographer as they'll be spending the day with you and taking some of the most important pictures of your life!
Q What kind of equipment will you bring and will you take the pictures?
A professional photographer may have to bring a few large pieces of equipment other than a camera.
Try to remember whilst it may feel slightly off putting a light reflection board, tripod or an assistant are there purely to ensure you get great photos. In addition, check the person you meet and sign a contract with is the one who’s actually going to be taking your pictures.
Photography by Richard Clark Photography, www.richardclarkphotography.co.uk