Booking your wedding Photographer can hold different levels of importance to different couples. For some, it's something you just need to tick off your 'to do' list. For others, it's the most important decision they'll make for their wedding day.
Whichever camp you fall into, here are my top six tips for making sure you book the photographer who's perfect for you.
1. DON'T JUST BOOK THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPHER WHO'S AVAILABLE
Sometimes, finding suppliers for your wedding who are both within your budget and free on your wedding day can seem like an impossible task, especially if you're arranging your wedding to a tight deadline. Photographers can get booked up years in advance, but no reason to rush into booking the first photographer you find who's got availability - they might not be the best fit for you. Wouldn't you hate to have a photographer at your wedding that you didn't actually like?
Send out a number of enquiries to photographers who's work you love and wait patiently for them to reply. Sometimes it might take a day or so, photographers can be at weddings for over 12 hours a day and won't be able to check in with their emails.
2. STALK THEIR SOCIAL FEEDS
When you have a shortlist of photographers, stalk their social media for a while and see if you can get to know them. Seeing their beautiful Instagram feed is a great way to see their portfolio of work, but what are they really like? Do they post regular stories telling you what they're up to? Have they posted Reels so you can see what they get up to? This is a great way to get to know the person behind the camera and you might find you have something (or nothing) in common with them before you get in touch.
3. ASK THE INTERNET
A photographer's website should be a mine of useful information for you. Go to their gallery, have a good look through their blog posts and download a brochure if they have one. This could answer all sorts of questions about their prices and service.
Ask the internet! Do they have plenty of positive Google reviews? What do their customers say about them and their service? This is really powerful information when you're looking for a great photographer.
4. BOOK A FACE TO FACE CONSULTATION
When you're ready, book a consultation with the photographers you have on your shortlist. Book as many as you want and ask as many questions as you can. Ask them about their approach, how they organise their day, and how they make sure they get all the shots which are important to you. Ask about their experience and if you can see a full wedding gallery. You only ever see a snippet of their best work online, a full gallery will give you an idea of the range of photographs you will receive when your day is over.
If you're interested, ask them what equipment they use, how they back up and store your images and how they deliver the gallery to you. Ask them about their back up plans if it rains, if they're ill or if their equipment fails on the day.
5. HAVE A PRE WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT
One of the best ways to be sure that you'll really gel with your photographer is to have a pre-wedding photoshoot with them. If you're struggling to decide who to book, have a session with two or three different people and see who you loved working with. These are unlikely to be free, but isn't it worth spending a little now to find out that they're not the one?
6. GO WITH YOUR GUT
This one is the most important. Never ignore your gut feeling. If you get that tingle of excitement after you've met your photographer - book them! If you're sure they're going to look after you and do a fantastic job on the day, don't let them get away.
If on the other hand your gut gives you a warning, no matter how much you love their beautiful Insta-feed - walk away.
You have to spend a long time with your photographer on the day, spending a little extra time and effort to make sure you've found 'the one' to capture your day marrying your 'one' will be worth it. You'll be able to relax in the knowledge that they've got your back and will deliver a gallery of memories you will enjoy forever.
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!