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Things to consider when looking for your wedding photographer

So, you’ve set the date, found your perfect venue and now you need to make sure you find the perfect photographer who is just right for you. Your photos should be a beautiful and authentic account of such a monumental day of your life so you can relive the romance and excitement over and over again.

Choosing a wedding photographer can be a daunting process but hopefully these tips will give you a little guidance on what to consider when making your decision.

1 - Their style

The quality of a photographer’s portfolio should be the first thing that captures your attention.

Above all, the style of the images should say something about you both as a couple. Whether you are looking for relaxed and informal photography or you would like to go for a more adventurous and contemporary style.

I have a relaxed approach to wedding photography, aiming to make people feel at ease in front of the camera so I can capture your genuine smiles and the true connection you share. Getting to know you and your story means I can capture the moments that have true depth, honesty and emotion behind them.

2 - Their personality

You put a lot of trust and faith in your wedding photographer and it is important that you do so you can get the best images and a true account of your day, so it is so important that you feel comfortable and relaxed around them.

Consider your guests too if your wedding photographer is friendly and approachable your guests will be at ease which will allow the photographer to blend in and capture the day as it unfolds.

This is why I offer in person consultations and another catch up before the wedding so you can really get to know me and likewise, I can better know you and your story and be prepared for key moments that makes your wedding yours!

3 - The investment

Remember that your wedding photographs become part of your legacy so although cost will be a key element, it should not be the deciding factor for your choice.

Your photographer is providing a service and each couple will have different expectations and requirements so do make sure that your photographer will suit your needs and then look at the price of that investment. What does your photographer offer, do you have your heart set on a beautiful bespoke album? Is that something your photographer can achieve for you?

4 - Their experience

I am sure many photographers will agree that we have often played the role of coordinator, photographer and children’s entertainer to some extent. I have even been sat on the floor under a layer of tulle searching for a clear plastic popper – that didn’t want to be found - to clip the brides train up so she could have her first dance!

Ask if the photographer has worked at your venue before, if they haven't it doesn’t mean that they are any less capable but you can always ask if they will visit in the run up to your wedding. I will do this to scout out spots for your couple and group photos as well as get to grips with the ceremony room etc.

5 - Previous recommendations

A good photographer will always be able to give you testimonials from previous clients!

Speak to your friends about their experiences with their wedding photographer. A previous couple of mine said they had a negative experience with the photographer at a friend’s wedding and from that wanted to make sure that they chose a photographer who would be unobtrusive and friendly, it was top of their list above all else when they were meeting photographers.

These tips are put together in no particular order and at the end of the day it is your wedding and you should do it your way! Just your instincts and do what feels right for you as a couple!

If you wanted to ask any questions at all you are welcome to email me ami@amilouisaphotography.com

Happy planning!!