What to look for when choosing your wedding photographer

So, you’ve set the date, found your prefect 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 re live 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. Style

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

If you are drawn to a particular photographer, make sure you ask to view all of their images (not just the favourites they pick for their websites!) so that you can check the image quality is consistent throughout.

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. 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. 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.

4. Experience

I am sure many photographers will agree that they 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!   

If the photographer hasn’t already worked at your wedding venue. It doesn’t mean that they are any less capable if they haven’t 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. Recommendations

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.

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

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!!