Choosing your wedding photographer can be one of the biggest decisions you make for your wedding day. Your photos are the memory you’ll have of this day to look back on for the rest of your lives, so it’s important you make the right decisions when choosing who you’d like to take them. There are many amazing photographers out there, and choosing between them all can be a difficult task, so we asked Andrew of A Big Neon Glitter Photography to share his top tips on how you can narrow down that search…
1. Choose Style Over Price
The first decision you’ll need to make is what kind of style photography you’d like. Do you want formal group shots, or would you prefer more of a documentary/candid style? Do you photos with moody and atmospheric lighting, or do you prefer light and airy? Once you’ve made the decision, this should help you when it comes to finding the right photographer.
Andrew says, “Always choose on style and not price. If you see something you like then you’re already on the right track. Then shortlist the 2 or 3 you really like and check if they are available for your wedding date. Most professional photographers will be taking booking 12 to 18 months in advance so as soon as you know you date start getting in contact”.
2. Get to Know Them
Once you’ve narrowed your choice down, you should get to know your photographer first. It’s okay to arrange meetings with more than one – you should treat it as though you’re interviewing them for a job, which essentially you are! You need to get to know whether they’re the right person for the job, but also whether you’re compatible with them. “Your photographer is going to be with your all day so you’ll want to be sure you get on and have the same sense of humour and approach to life,” says Andrew.
“Don’t be afraid to ask to meet again after your initial meeting. As a professional photographer I want to be sure I’m the right person for my clients and it also helps me get a feel for their day, how they met, what their hopes and aspirations are. That way it helps me capture the spirit of their wedding and understand whats important to them.”
3. Understand Budget
“Don’t be put off by price, theres a reason cheap photographers are cheap,” Andrew tells us. “Professional full-time photographers understand weddings, people and how best to capture the tone and feel of your day. They have insurance, Public liability, back up equipment and years of experience. Some, like myself, allow you to pay in instalments and spread the cost if you choose. It goes without saying when you first start booking your wedding there are a lot of costs to pay out initially and its absolutely natural to rein in the spending at that point. However your photography is going to be one of the only lasting memories from your big day that you’ll be able to look back on so its worth investing in one you really want and not compromising on it. If you choose your photographer because they are cheap then you’ll probably not be happy with results.”
4. Be Social
“Once you’ve chosen the right photographer stay in touch,” says Andrew. “We’re always happy to chat about weddings but we also link up via social media; we follow you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest etc because that way we get to understand you more. It also allows us us to see what you have planned for your wedding so it helps us get a feel for the theme and style.”
Social media is also a great way of following the other weddings your photographer is capturing – don’t be afraid to like their photos and say “I like the way you shot this…” as it will give them a better idea of the styles you would like for your own day.
A Big Neon Glitter are Nottingham-based wedding photographers and have collaborated with Honeysuckle & Castle on this post.