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Planning: How to Make Your Wedding Photography Right For You

I’ve been married for almost 19 years and even after all this time I still enjoy turning the pages of our beautiful wedding album which serves as a wonderful reminder of such a perfect and very special day.  Finding the right photographer to capture one of the most important days of your lives is a crucial part of your wedding planning and one which you should take time to carefully consider.

 

choosing a wedding photographer

 

Photograph by Lumiere Photography

 

There are so many wedding photographers available with several different styles of photography and it may seem like quite a daunting task trying to decide which one would be right for you. So here are a few pointers to help you get started.

 

Choose a photographer you like, not just their photography style but their personality too. You will be spending quite a bit of time on this very important day with your photographer in close proximity. If you don’t feel comfortable and at ease with them when you meet with them chances are when you’re feeling anxious on your wedding day, you’re likely to have difficulty warming to them.

 

choosing a wedding photographer

 

Photograph by Lumiere Photography

 

Do your homework and take time to choose wisely. A few questions you might like to ask photographers BEFORE you book them:

  • What is your style of photography? – traditional, reportage or journalistic, artistic, colour, black and white…
  • Are you a full time photographer and how long have you been shooting weddings?
  • Will you be the actual photographer to shoot our wedding?
  • Will you have an assistant/second shooter on the day and if so can we meet him/her?

 

choosing a wedding photographer

 

Photograph by Lumiere Photography

 

  • What is included in your rate/package price?
  • What time will you arrive on the day and how long will you stay for?
  • Is my wedding the only wedding/event you will be shooting on the day?
  • How long will it take to get my proofs?
  • What kind of post-production improvements do you make to images?

 

choosing a wedding photographer

 

Photograph by Lumiere Photography

 

Once you’ve chosen your wedding photographer here are a few ways to ensure you get the most from your booking:

  • Consider having a pre-wedding or engagement shoot. Lots of wedding photographers are offering these now as part of their package. It’s a great way to get used to being in front of the camera, a chance for your photographer to understand what suits you, what your comfortable with and what you’re not.
  • Find out from your photographer how much and what type of pre-wedding contact and communication they are willing to have with you.Talking, emailing, texting, using Pinterest to share ideas and photos you’ve seen and liked (or not liked) during your wedding planning, may all help you to develop a good rapport with your photographer.
  • If possible try to arrange a visit to your wedding venue with the photographer to discuss the photos that you and they have in mind. Try to seek out ‘must have’ picture locations and wet weather alternatives for planned outdoor shots – much easier to do this in advance without the pressure you may be feeling on the day.
  • Plan time  within your wedding day for those special shots of you as a couple. I advise my clients to do this away from their guests and it serves as a lovely time to reflect on the day so far and to enjoy the moment.

 

choosing a wedding photographer

 

Photograph by Lumiere Photography

 

In writing this post I asked wedding and lifestyle photographer Alix Marina-Chouhan from Lumiere Photography for a few words of advice for wedding couples and she said,

Don’t worry about getting your dress slightly dirty or taking off your shoes, enjoy the day….Wallow in it, live it fully, totally, wear your emotions on your sleeves, show your heart.

 

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

Until next time….

 

 

Valerie x

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