I recently read an online newspaper article titled ‘Are these Britain’s worst wedding pictures? Newlyweds devastated as photographers fail to get couple in frame and took blurry shots‘. If I were in their shoes I would have been devastated too!
Most people only get married once. Therefore your wedding day photos needs to capture precious memories and happy moments, not blurred photographs that do not include your immediate family or shots with no one paying attention. Regardless if you’ve only spent a small amount of your wedding budget on your wedding photography, you should still expect to receive decent quality images that compliment your day.
If you have no clue on where to start searching for a photographer, you may want to contact a local wedding planner. They would have planned many weddings and should therefore be able to source this supplier for you (at a fee). In most cases they would have worked with the photographer before at a wedding, and therefore would be able to provide a good testimonial for that person’s work. This can ultimately save you from a disaster like the one featured in the article.
On the other hand, if you are happy to find your own photographer I have put together a list of questions you may want to ask and also a few things you should consider.
Where do you want your photos to be taken? Bride’s house, ceremony, reception etc
What style of photos would you like? Traditional style photos, where you and your guests pose for pictures, reportage style photos, where natural, unposed shots are taken or a mixture of both?
You may want to check with your registrar/ vicar/ reception venue to see whether photos are allowed to be taken and also at which intervals of the ceremony. For example, some register offices only allow this to happen before and after the ceremony.
Some questions you may want to ask…
- Can we see images of the person’s work that will be present on our wedding day?
- What are your fees i.e., deposit, installments, final payment?
- How long will photographs be taken for?
- Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
- What contingency plans do you have in case something goes wrong? E.g., camera fault
- Do you have any former clients we can contact for references?
- Can we have a look at a copy of your contract?
- Do you belong to any professional photography association?
- How would you define your style?
- Will you be able to incorporate some shots we have in mind? Is there an extra fee for this?
- Do you do a mixture of black and white and coloured photos?
- How will you supply our images? e.g., CD, prints etc
- I hope this has been helpful for anyone trying to find a ‘good’ wedding photographer. It’s a once in a lifetime event, so make sure you get what you are paying for and don’t settle for less.Edmina