1. ASKING A FRIEND TO TAKE THE PHOTOS
Has your friend with the latest camera and a a great eye offered to take your photos? Unless they are (or have been) a professional wedding photographer, think twice before you agree to their suggestion.
Wedding photography is a skilled profession. The person you choose has to be proficient in almost every type of photography to do a good job. It's also a huge amount of pressure, maybe too much for your well meaning friend. It's almost impossible to be both the photographer and a guest on the day, let them relax and enjoy celebrating with you while you leave the photography to a professional.
You'll never regret hiring the right photographer.
2. PANIC BOOKING!
We've all done it, left it a bit late to book something important and then quickly signed up with the first person who can do the job for us. Or maybe you've set the date and are anxious to book your big suppliers in before they get snapped up by someone else.
WAIT! Slow down and really get to know your photographer before you book them. You have to spend a long time with the person you hire on your wedding day, isn't it best that you like and trust them too? Make sure you're certain they're the right fit for you and that you Choose Your Perfect Photographer
3. BOOKING FOR THE WRONG REASON
Really think about what's swaying you from one photographer to another. Is it their image gallery, their social media or their client reviews? Or is it their package prices, the promise of receiving every single image they take or the fact they'll arrive at dawn and leave at midnight?
Work out what's really important to you from your wedding day photographs before you decide. You're unlikely to look through 6,000 images every year on your anniversary, but you'll love the 50 show stoppers you choose for your album. You might not start getting ready until mid-morning and you're likely to be dead on your feet and ready for bed by 10:30pm - do you need all those additional hours of someone taking your picture? Working out what fits your day perfectly will help you narrow down what you need from your wedding package.
4. IGNORING YOUR GUT REACTION
You should never ignore that feeling you get in your gut when you meet someone, and you shouldn't ignore it when you're talking to your potential photographers either. If you don't like their manner or communication style now, it's unlikely to change in the run up to (or during) your wedding day. Fins someone who you like and trust to take care of the photography on the day, you will be so much more relaxed knowing they have the reins.
5. NOT READING THE CONTRACT
This is a dull one, but important. Every photographer will have a contract for you to sign, and it's tempting to click through without reading the small print, but think carefully before you do. The contract isn't there to trip you up, it's there to protect both you and the photographer. Read it carefully and ask the photographer about anything you don't understand. If there's something there that concerns you, talk to them about it. Similarly, if something's not covered that you think should be, make sure you mention it.
If you want to speak to me about wedding photography for your day, drop me a few details on the contact page and I'll get back to you almost immediately if I can!