If you're reading this, there's every chance you're a looking for a wedding photographer. Congratulations, you're in the right place. If you're not getting married but you know someone who is, feel free to share this blog with them.
You may already have started looking for someone to capture your special day, in which case, you'll most likely be aware of just how many people there are out there offering wedding photography services. So how do you go about choosing the right person? I'm glad you asked.
First things first, choose a photographer you vibe with! You'll be spending a significant chunk of your special day together, so finding someone whose company you enjoy is key. It's like picking a wedding buddy with a camera. You'll find that the right person will end up doing so much more than just taking photos. An experienced photographer will be able to help guide you seamlessly through your day whilst also helping with dresses, shoes, buttonholes, ties, and a hundred and one other things that may pop up on the day.
Next on the checklist: insurance. Yes, it might sound unromantic, but trust me, it's a must. Photographers should hold both public liability and professional indemnity insurance (you'll find that many venues will require your photographer to carry public liability so it really is a must).
Ask potential photographers if you can see at least two full wedding galleries. Most photographers will post one or two wow shots to their social media accounts (we all want to showcase our best work) but you need to make sure your photographer is competent at capturing beautiful images of your whole day and in every situation.
Are they a natural light photographer or are they competent at using off camera flash? Using additional lighting can turn a good shot into an amazing shot and really make your wedding photographs pop. Not being dependent on ambient light will also give your photographer far more scope to create beautiful images for you.
Now, let's talk tech! Look for a photographer with a camera sporting dual memory slots. Why? Because memories are priceless, and having a backup is like a safety net for those once-in-a-lifetime moments. You also need to make sure they have a backup camera and multiple lenses because equipment can and does fail. If something happens to one camera, your photographer needs to be able to carry on shooting and that is why a backup camera is vital.
It's also important to check what type of backup system your photographer has for keeping your images safe after your big day.
So there you have it. You now hopefully have a good idea of everything you need to consider before you
book your photographer. If you still have questions, any photographer worth their salt will be more than happy to talk you through everything you need to know.
'The photographer you use depends very much on how important your photographs are to you'.
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