A Guide to choosing your wedding photographer

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Congratulations on your engagement! It’s new and exciting and you sit down with your laptop and start thinking about all the wonderful things you will book for your big day,

BUT where do you start when trying to book the perfect photographer for YOU?

Like many creative suppliers, every photographer will have different styles and approaches, so I have decided to write this brief blog post to outline some ideas on how to choose YOUR wedding photographer.

The first thing to do is to ask yourselves ‘what do you want from your wedding photography?’ This is most likely the first time you and your fiancee will have a professional photographing you and it is even less likely that you have discussed a choice of photographer. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for me to hear the words ‘we hate having our photo taken’ during a photography consultation!

But fear not! Before you get sucked into the internet vortex of what is good photography, I would encourage you to discuss your common interests outside of photography, such as movies, fashion, books. All these things, whether subconsciously or otherwise, will have a profound effect on the style of photography you choose. Likewise, the overall aesthetic and ‘theme’ of your wedding will hugely sway you in the direction of a suitable photographer. For example, if you are getting married with a big bright party in a festival tent and you both adore Wes Anderson films it is unlikely you will pick a photographer whose work is dark and moody, but instead pick a photographer whose style leans towards the bright, airy and quirky aesthetics which would suit your wedding to a tee!

My next piece of advice would be to speak to lots of photographers. I know I just said that you want to cut down your list by style and aesthetics but luckily for you guys, the field of wedding photography, especially in Dorset is hugely saturated and you will likely find a few if not several photographers with a similar ‘look’. In this case, it is tempting to look at the bottom line BUT please try to be led by your heart in this matter. By talking to lots of photographers you will build up a good idea of what is on offer and will be on your first steps to building a great rapport and even friendship with your chosen photographer, you might not know who they are yet but they are waiting for you to make the first move!

To meet these photographers can be time consuming, most photographers, myself included will happily meet for coffee with no obligation so that you can feel each other out! If you think this is going to take up too much time, then Wedding Fairs are the perfect way to gain a lot of interesting contacts in one afternoon!

If you are unsure of what to look for in your photographer, see my Blog post on Qualities to look for in a wedding photographer.

My last piece of advice is to get to know your photographer. As I mentioned before, meeting photographers in a casual setting to talk about your wedding is not only great for you guys to ensure your photographer understands your needs and is likeable enough to spend your whole wedding day with but it is SUPER important to a good photographer. As a wedding photographer I want to know as much as possible about you, I want to know about your photography needs but also about how you met, funny stories, little quirks and things that can really help a photographer to personalise your photographic package. By the time I am delivering a Newly Weds package there is a warmness to the relationship which drives me to deliver the best photography I can for you.

So, I guess the main takeaway from my ramblings is to have an idea of what you and your fiancée want from their photographer and then meet EVERYONE until you find the ONE! If you are a Bride on a Budget or a Busy Bride, check out my other Blog posts on the way, which give you hints and tips on ways to make finding and booking your photography easier and more enjoyable!

Alex and Andrea 'Jumping for Joy' at finding their wedding photographer! #engagementshoots

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