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Since a large chunk of your wedding budget goes on photography, picking the right photographer is vital – and not just for their talent, but for their personality too as your photographer will become a hugely important part of your special day. Here is some advice...
SHOP AROUND: Don’t opt for the first photographer you meet, or the cheapest (or the most expensive, for that matter). Instead, find out what their rivals are offering, the different styles and packages they can provide, before making a decision. Recommendations from friends are invaluable.
ATTEND WEDDING SHOWS: It is always advisable to meet your photographer face-to-face before you book, and wedding shows and fayres are the perfect place to meet several all under one roof. It’s important that both you and your husband-tobe feel comfortable with him or her, as you will build up a rapport with them. If you don’t feel like this, don’t book them. FEELING CAMERA SHY? Don’t worry if you hate being in front of the camera, plenty of people don’t, and this is nothing new for your photographer. They are experienced in making nervous brides feel relaxed and happy when capturing them. Your photographer may offer a pre-wedding shoot, which is worth doing, as it allows your photographer to understand your insecurities and allay any ‘photo phobias’.
SHOT LIST: Most photographers insist on carrying a shot list that outlines all the important photographs they will take on the day, this often includes the names of the wedding party, including ushers, and also the minister/registrar/celebrant/wedding coordinator at your venue etc. During a pre-wedding meeting with your photographer, make sure you provide them with this vital information.
COST: Don’t forget to find out when, and how much, your deposit is, and when the balance needs to be paid. Photographers do not usually ask to be paid the remaining balance on the day itself, but in case they do, avoid carrying cash and pass the photographer’s envelope to one of the ushers.
IMPORTANCE OF USHERS: Never underestimate the role of an usher – they become the photographer’s best friend on the day because, as their title suggests, they ‘usher’ people into group photographs. Make sure your usher/ushers know their responsibilities on the day and makes himself known to your photographer.
RECCE: Check your photographer has visited your venue before. Your photographer may have captured another couple’s special day there, but if they have never visited it, why not request that they do before your wedding? It’s imperative that the photographer knows the layout of the venue and the special features for photographing you.
WHAT IF…: Most photographers are sole traders, so work alone, but what happens if the unthinkable occurs and they fall ill/are in an accident and are unable to photograph your wedding? Make sure the photographer has a contingency plan for emergency situations.
SPEAK UP: Don’t be afraid to share your own ideas, they won’t be insulted – they will be grateful. The photographer’s job is to make you and your husband-to-be happy and to capture the best images they possibly can. So explain what you want the pictures to look like.
GROUP SHOT: This shot takes the most organisation and causes the most stress, especially at larger weddings. This can be the first shot after the ceremony, so to make things easier; perhaps someone (like the registrar, or usher, or wedding coordinator) could make a short announcement asking everyone to make their way outside for the group photo?