Three Things You Should Discuss With Your Partner Before Meeting Your Wedding Photographer
For any couple embarking on planning a wedding, huge consideration has to be given to the wedding photographer. Asides from the precious memories you take away from the day, your wedding photographs will be one of the few physical things you have to remember your day by.
Therefore, when it comes to documenting your special day, you want to find the perfect person for the job who not only has the right skills, equipment and expertise to pull it off, but is also someone you connect well with. Your photographer will be working closely with you on the day; capturing everything from the big moments to the in-between bits, making sure they accurately tell your story.
However, it isn’t as simple as picking a photographer out of the phone book, as each photographer will have different styles, prices and expertise. That’s why before you meet with your photographer, it’s a good idea to sit down as a couple and figure out exactly what you want from your wedding photographs and photographer to make sure you get the best results.
What’s our style?
Art is purely subjective and inevitably with your wedding day you will have your own personal vision on how you want the day to be documented and the style of photography you love that bests suit your wedding plans.
Therefore, deciding on what your style is before you meet with a prospective wedding photographer will ensure that no-one’s time is wasted. There is no point in choosing a wedding photographer who specialises in classic, traditional style photography if you want contemporary shots. Equally, if you want more than scripted and formal shots of the day, with a story-telling element, then finding a photographer with that approach will ensure your expectations are met.
A good way to get a gauge of a photographer’s style prior to a meeting is to check out their portfolio or get in touch with them to ask what their specialist style is.
What are our must-have photos?
With any wedding there are going to be key photographs that must make the album, such as pictures of the ceremony, the speeches and the first dance. But to make sure you get all the necessary shots you want, take the time to sit down together and write a list to ensure your photographer knows what the ‘must-have’ shots are. This should include any group shots, key people, pre-wedding and post-wedding shots too.
What’s our budget?
In theory there shouldn’t be a top-end price on your wedding photographs, as these moments are priceless. However, the reality is that price can be a huge factor in deciding on a wedding photographer, but it shouldn’t be the only one.
If you find a photographer who you connect with, has experience in the style of photography you like and ticks all your other boxes, then there shouldn’t be a price limit on getting exactly what you want. Compromising on quality and price may result in disappointment with the results and unfortunately you can’t go back and do it again.
In my experience, it isn’t about how much you pay or the accolades they may have, but choosing the right photographer that suits you. This will ensure they deliver the best value for money and results with beautiful photographs you will love and cherish for years to come, regardless of how much they cost.