Choosing the right wedding photographer can make up an important part of your wedding plans. After all, your Big Day is one of the most important events in your life; and you want to make sure you hire the best person to beautifully capture those magical and unforgettable moments. To help ensure you get those sensational snaps and to make sure your photography plans go without a ‘hitch’, we’ve made a handy tips-list for you to follow when booking your wedding photographer.
1: Does the style work for you?
Let’s be honest’ every bride-to-be has an image in her mind of what she wants her wedding photos to look like. Whether you like traditional ‘posed’ shots or natural ‘as they happen’ captures, make sure you tell your prospective photographers your preferred style and ask if they have experience in working in such a way. Don’t forget; the camera doesn’t lie, so even though many professionals can ‘talk the talk’, make sure you ask to see a portfolio of wedding shots in the style that you want. It’s also a good idea to look at photographs from either the venue you have booked or other similar Cardiff wedding venues.
2: Do you get on?
Most brides don’t realise this, but the personality of your photographer is as important (if not more) than the quality of work itself. A wedding photographer may have an exceptional portfolio and offer competitive prices, but if his / her personality isn’t up to scratch, then look elsewhere! Don’t forget that on your wedding day, you will be spending a lot of time with your chosen photographer and if you are not completely happy, it will show in the photographs.
Depending on the amount of guests you have at your wedding, you may have a lot of people you need to ‘get around’. Make sure you chose a photographer who respects the fact that it is your day and not all about adhering to his/ her photography plans. And of course, always arrange to meet any prospective photographers before hand; this will give you a good insight into their personality and whether you will be able to work well together on the day.
3: Tell them the price!
Even if you do not have a budget for your wedding photographs, tell prospective photographers that you do! During your first meeting, state a price that you are prepared to pay and ask what you can get for your budget. Remember that you can always increase your budget if need be, so start off low.