Top tips for newly engaged couples
7 Top Tips When Booking Your Wedding Photographer
Did you get engaged this summer? First things first, a huge congratulations! In the midst of that delightful post-engagement glow, as you sip champagne and daydream about your special day, I hope you’re enjoying every moment of this special time!
Once the news has sunk in, it’s time to let the exciting wedding planning process commence! Buckle up, you’re in for a thrilling ride, and I’m here to help you navigate one of the most crucial aspects of your big day: choosing the perfect wedding photographer.
- WHEN TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Booking your wedding photographer should be on your to-do list soon after the engagement. Good photographers tend to get booked up far in advance, so I would highly recommend securing your desired date sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment! My bookings diary is open for 2024/25 dates so feel free to reach out if you’d like to check my availability!
2. DO THEY SHARE YOUR VISION?
Remember that your wedding photographer isn’t just someone who clicks a camera; they’re your storyteller. It’s essential to find a photographer whose vision aligns with yours. If, for example you’re passionate about sustainability and eco-conscious living (just like me), seek out photographers who share these values. Sustainability is not just a buzzword; it’s a lifestyle, and you’d want someone who can capture your eco-friendly wedding journey. If you’re interested, you can learn more about my sustainability efforts on my ‘about me‘ page.
3. KNOW YOUR BUDGET
Weddings can be a financial minefield, so knowing your budget is crucial. Have a clear idea of what you’re willing to invest in your wedding photography. Quality wedding photography is an investment, not an expense. A good rule of thumb is to allocate about 10-15% of your budget to photography. Knowing your budget helps you narrow down your options and find the perfect photographer without any financial surprises. Check out my wedding photography packages here.
4. RESEARCH PORTFOLIOS
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the photographer hunt. Spend some time looking over the portfolios of photographers you’re considering. Look for consistency in style, composition, and editing. Do their previous works resonate with you? Do their photos tell a story that makes you smile, cry, or swoon? If you answer ‘yes,’ you’re on the right track! Why not start off by looking at my gallery here!
5. CONSIDER YOUR STYLE
Your wedding photographs should reflect your style as a couple. Are you a classic, timeless duo? Or perhaps you lean towards the trendy and contemporary side? Maybe you’re the adventurous sort, and you want photos that capture your wild spirit. Your wedding photographer should be able to adapt to your style and bring out the essence of your relationship in every shot.
6. ARRANGE A MEETING
While we can do a lot of research online, nothing beats a face-to-face meeting or a virtual chat. It’s vital to feel comfortable around your photographer since they’ll be there to capture intimate moments. I always like to arrange meetings or video calls with couples to discuss their visions, there’s no better way to get to know each other a little better!
7. BOOK AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
One excellent way to break the ice and build a rapport with your chosen photographer is by booking an engagement shoot. This mini photo session allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera while your photographer learns about your preferences and quirks. Plus, it’s a fun way to document your engagement phase! Take a peek at my engagement photography packages here. PS, your furry friends are always very welcome to join you!
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!
Now, as you embark on this thrilling journey towards your wedding day, remember that your wedding photographer is more than just a vendor. They’re your storyteller, your memory-maker, and a crucial part of your special day. So, take your time, do your research, and find the perfect photographer who’ll capture every magical moment of your love story.