Per­fect Pho­tos

Want a pic­ture per­fect wed­ding? Thought so, we’ve got it cov­ered for you...


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?

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