So you’ve chosen the venue, you’re narrowing down on ‘the dress’ and think you’ve found the perfect photographer.
What’s everyone complaining about, this wedding stuff is easy peasy!
Your chosen photographer has thousands of followers on Instagram and their website is beautiful and resonates with you.
But how can you be sure that they’re the one?
You can’t…not without meeting your photographer face-to-face.
Not doing so is the biggest mistake you can make when booking your wedding photographer.
Because whilst their style and portfolio is important, what has an equally significant impact, is how you and your husband gel with them.
FACT! Other than your significant other, you will have spent ALOT of time with your photographer. Your photographer will be in your greater orbit whether you’re aware of them or not. So heck, you may as well like the person and enjoy having their quiet energy around.
Wouldn’t it be a crying shame to turn up on your wedding day only to discover your photographer is actually kinda rude and demanding, that they take over your whole day just to get their shots that meet their creative needs or that they don’t quite get you and what you’re after. (Sadly these kinds of photographers do exist. I have dear friends who have had major regrets over their chosen photographer).
The way I see it, it’s YOUR wedding day. And it’s my job to make sure you feel totally relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. Your photographer should feel like a friend, there to genuinely share in your happiness and document the absolute best moments of your day.
So take the time and book in that meeting with them. And here’s what to keep in mind:
- Choose someone you actually like. As mentioned before, your photographer will be privy to your most intimate moments. They’ll be by your side as you get dressed. They’ll be there to capture the laughter, the tears and that first kiss as husband and wife. They’ll be guiding you through your portraits shoot. Choose someone whose personality and demeanour vibes with yours. This way, your photographs will be more authentic and you’ll have a blast creating them!
- Choose someone who will work the way you want them to. Ask your photographer about their approach to working with you and your guests on the day. If it’s important to you that the day be as uninterrupted and organic as possible, then it may not be the best to book a photographer who loves to direct and pose. If you have a large family or if it’s crucial to you to have group photographs of all your guests, you might want to make sure your photographer is confident and assertive enough to gather everyone together. The way your photographer works should match the way you imagine your day to unfold and the kind of photographs you want documented.
As a wedding photographer myself, I’ve worked with a smorgasbord of couples. Something I’ve noticed time and time again is that meeting and learning what makes my couples tick, makes a huge difference. It helps me dial in on their personalities and preferences to ensure that I really understand what they are about and what they are after.
So I hope I’ve convinced you to take the time to meet your wedding photographer (in the flesh or over Skype!) before you book to make sure you have the most seamless and magical day ever!
Because I practise what I preach, before you even book me, I offer a free consultation over a hot cuppa or over Skype!
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