The Importance Of Professional Wedding Photography

The Importance Of Professional Wedding Photography, And How To Choose The Right Photographer For Your Wedding

When planning your wedding, the endless list of things you need to consider and budget for can be a little overwhelming.

Possible dates, dresses, venues, invites, catering and transport are just some of the things that need careful consideration. And wedding photography should be right up there in your list of your priorities.

How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

In fact, I believe that wedding photography is one of the most important things to get right.

You see, long after the cake has been eaten, the flowers wilted and the dance floor emptied, the only thing that remains are the photos that have captured the memories and essence of your special day.

These photos should tell a beautiful story of your wedding day; photos you’re proud to show your friends, children and grandchildren in the years to come.

So how do you choose the right wedding photographer that will do your wedding justice and be the perfect fit for you?

Your budget

Weddings are rarely cheap, and so while it may be tempting to rope in an enthusiastic uncle with photography as a hobby, you’ll never get a second chance at capturing and preserving your memories.

Whilst the venue, flowers, food and attire are all of importance, they will long be forgotten if not captured with context and sensitivity. A collection of dated and staged photos snapped while standing in front of the venue will leave you wishing you’d afforded higher priority to your wedding photography.

With high quality wedding photography, you’re usually paying for a full day of intensive professional photography and multiple days of editing.

Even so, it is important to gain a clear understanding of what you are getting for your money:

How many hours will they be with you?

How many images will I be given?

Can I order an album?

Do I have the rights to all the photos?

Cost is obviously an important consideration. But when organising your wedding, your photography budget and choice of photographer shouldn’t be dictated by a lack of funds due to overspending on other less important things.

Meet your photographer

Choosing a photographer for such an important occasion shouldn’t be done by merely looking at a few eye-catching images online.

Your wedding photographer will play such an important role in your day and it is vital you feel comfortable and at ease in their company – because if you don’t feel comfortable, then your guests will likely feel the same way.

Meeting your photographer in person enables you to discuss what is important to you and agree what is required from both parties, whilst addressing any sensitivities that you or your guests may have.

It is a vital part of ensuring your day runs smoothly.

There are also the practical and logistical elements to discuss:

How long will they be there?

What type of shots will they take?

Do they know the venue?

When will the photos be edited and processed?

A clock-watching photographer that just wants to take your money and get home as quickly as possible is never going to capture the images you desire. Just as one who has an overbearing approach can affect and spoil the atmosphere of a wedding.

Scheduling a meeting with your potential photographer will help ensure you make the right choice.

What is their style and approach?

I believe the best wedding photographers manage to capture the story of a wedding whilst avoiding intrusion and often going unnoticed.

Whilst staged group shots and portraits have their place, the images that are taken as the day naturally unfolds are often some of the best and most revealing photos you’ll be given. Unstaged, unrehearsed and perfect at telling an emotive story.

When considering the style of a photographer, it helps to gain an understanding of how they will capture your wedding. Will the cost include them arriving as early as you require to capture your preparations, dressing and make up? And will your photographer work attentively right up until after your first dance?

This full day storytelling approach to wedding photography is incredibly effective at documenting the excitement, nerves and joy of your wedding day.

Most modern photographers have access to the same high quality cameras and lenses and are able to capture technically correct shots, particularly with the use of advanced editing software.

Sure, some photographers have a clear signature style, defined by their favourite shots and a consistent style of editing that produces a certain look.

But if you’re struggling to differentiate and choose between a number of photographers, I’d suggest it’s the little details that make some stand out.

Will they go the extra mile to make sure you’re happy?

Can you envisage them making you and your guests feel at ease?

Will they take the time to carefully edit your photos to get the most out of each shot?

In essence, do you trust them to deliver on their promises?

How will they follow up?

Whilst it’s several years ago, I’ll never forget the disappointment of receiving my own wedding photographs. I couldn’t help feeling that little effort had gone into choosing the photos or constructing my album.

And that’s why it’s important that you choose a photographer who is emotionally invested in their work.

Although the majority of decisions with regards to the number of photos you’d like and any albums required will be made prior to your wedding day, your photographer should be willing to make adjustments and embrace any changes rather than just pinging you an emailed file full of rushed edits before disappearing for good.

The post-wedding period can be an exciting part of your wedding photography experience if you’re invited to be involved in the decision making and processing stages.

Instead of anxiously waiting for a delayed delivery with scant communication, you should be kept regularly updated and asked for feedback throughout the process.

This is something I feel very strongly about. The commitment to a client shouldn’t end with the settlement of payment.

Would you like to talk about your wedding photography plans?

If you’d like a friendly chat about your wedding plans, and how I may be able to help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.



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