Wedding photography is one of the greatest (and in our Book, the best!) investments that you will make on your wedding day. It is therefore important to choose a wedding photographer whose work you will love now, who you will always love in the years to come and who you think will suit you, your partner and your wedding.
With a wedding video-and all the memories, of course! – your wedding photos are among the few things you will remember about your day, long after the confetti has been swept away and the last of the wedding cake has been eaten. So it is so important that your day is documented by the right person.
Unless you are a photography Fan yourself, it can be difficult to compare photographers, determine what makes a photographer great, or find out if you are the right person to photograph yourself and your other half on the big day. To help you, we have put together some important tips for choosing a wedding photographer.
1. Do Your Research
The first job on your to-do list is to search for wedding photographers who work in your area and post your photos. We’ve compiled a handy List of recommended photographers that you can use as a starting point – these guys have the One Fab Day label to trust you to give your day the love and attention it deserves!
At this point, you will find out how many types of wedding photography there are – visual arts (dreamy, reminiscent of fashion magazine editorials), documentary (open, off-the-Cuff), traditional, modern, etc.if you look at the photos of a photographer, it does not matter if you do not know what style you are looking for, you just have to ask yourself if you like your work.
- Don’t just look at the images on your homepage, go to the Gallery or blog section and watch the full weddings or scroll through your social media feeds. Look for consistency, not just some great photos.
- If there are some photos that interest you – family portraits, funny Dancefloor pictures, Detailed photos, etc.-make sure that you are satisfied with taking such photos. Remember that some photographers do not post family or group photos on their website, but are happy to send you examples!
- This can be difficult, but try to separate the photographer’s work from the weddings he shoots. Whether or not you like the dress or the venue, it should not affect how you see the photographer’s work.
- If you know your place is particularly dark or you’re getting married in the winter, look for similar weddings to see how a photographer shot you. Needless to say, you should be satisfied with what you find!
- Imagine yourself in the pictures and think about how you would feel. Taking photos can be awkward for some people, so choose a photographer whose style makes you as relaxed as possible.
- Despite your efforts, many aspects of your wedding date – the outfits, your hair, and of course, your photography-are all part of the fun of looking back on old photos. However, choose a photo style that you can imagine in the coming years and feel free to hang it on your wall at home. A lot of photo styles look cool on Instagram or on wedding sites (ahem!), but it is also important to have a photo that you like to frame and show the grandchildren One day!
2. Create a Shortlist
The next step is to contact a few wedding photographers whose work you really like – we recommend starting with two or three. First, you need to know two things; are they available on your wedding date, and can you afford it?
How much does a Wedding Photographer cost? Now, how long is a Piece of String? Photographers often don’t put their prices on their website, but don’t let them intimidate you. If you are seriously considering booking them, all you have to do is drop them a line and ask to see your rate card.
- They tend to get what they pay for with wedding photography, everyone has different priorities, but this is not the place to cut corners.
- Consider wedding photography as an investment. Your wedding could last a day or a weekend, but you will have these photos forever, they will live on the walls of your house, and they will come back to you if you feel nostalgic for the day, so it makes sense to allocate a significant part of your total budget to photography. For most couples, this tends to be between 8 and 15% of the total budget.
- Remember, you pay not only for the time of a photographer a day, but the editing hours after your wedding, as well as your Talent, extensive experience and (extremely expensive!) Equipment.
- The good news is that there is a wedding photographer for every budget, and even most high-end photographers usually offer different packages for different price ranges.
- If you really want to cut costs instead of booking a substandard photographer, book a great photographer for part of your day. Remember that not all wedding photographers offer this Service.
- Once you have received the answers from some photographers, a leader should of course appear. When you return to the drawing board, simply repeat the process with one or two other photographers until you have a clear favorite.
3. Building a Report
What many couples don’t realize until their wedding day is how much time they actually spend with their photographer – that’s almost as much time as they’ll spend with their other half! So, of course, it’s important that you both love them, are calm or craic (or both!), and that you then sit at ease.
- Try to meet your photographer in person before your wedding, if possible, as this will help you build a relationship. If you live abroad or can’t meet in person, make a Zoom, Facetime or Skype call-unpleasant for a While, but it’s definitely worth it.
When chatting with your photographer, give him a lot of information about the style and mood of your day. This gives everyone an idea of whether it’s a good game or not.
- This is also a good opportunity to ask your photographer about himself and how he likes to work that day. For example, do you make group photos and portraits at once or in several shorter explosions?
- Note that some photos require time-these epic drone shots or stunning golden hour portraits, for example, can take a while to reach. Some couples like to spend two hours with their portraits, while others prefer to spend more time with their guests. Ask your photographer how much time he wants to spend on portraits – while the best ones are flexible, your answer should match your priorities for the day.
- An engagement session is a fairly new concept for Ireland, but it can be a great way to settle nerves or awkwardness when posing for photos before the big event.
- Remember that a good wedding photographer is calm and confident, you can calm them down, keep the day moving and handle a Situation with professionalism and humor, whether it’s a group shot with 20 of your college colleagues, or your Aunt blocking your iPad again and again!
4. Discuss the Finer details of the Treaty
Once you’ve covered all the basics above, you’re almost ready to book your photographer. At this point, you want to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with the terms of the contract and that you are aware of what is included in the package.
- When checking what is included in the package, pay attention to how many digital images you receive and whether you need to pay extra to get them without a watermark.
- Find out about prices for prints and photo albums, as prices and quality vary from photographer to photographer. It’s not something most couples only think about after marriage, but it’s worth exploring their options early.
- If you include Extras like an engagement session or a second shooter (a second photographer who helps capture the wedding) in your package, this should be reflected in the contract.
- Talk to your photographer about how many hours of coverage you pay for – some go to dinner, others after the first dance.
- Your contract should also cover things like the photographer’s meal per day (don’t forget to ask them for nutritional needs to pass on to the venue or caterer) and the cost of your trip. This is especially important for Destination Weddings.
- Some photographers will ask for a List of required photos of the couple, others will have their own proven List from which they work. When you provide a List, you need to set a deadline for when you need it.
- Ask the payment plan-What is the deposit amount and when should the balance be paid?
- Ask your photographer what happens if he is ill or unable to work on your wedding day. These things happen, after all!
- Check how long it takes to get the photos. Photographers should be able to give you a rough estimate.