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In this image, Both the Bridesmaid and the Groomsmen including the bride and groom are looking down at the photographer, taken at Rogerthorpe Manor, West Yorkshire

Finding and booking a wedding photographer

 

Finding and booking a wedding photographer can be a tricky thing. So here are a few tips on how to find your ideal photographer and maybe some of these tips will help you. 

 

1 Research  

Start by finding a style of wedding photography you like, Each wedding photographer has there own style, for instance, my style is very Cinematic I mix posed shots with candid’s and I love Black and Whites I aim to create masterpieces to display in your home, not just pictures to keep in a book or on a USB but art for you to be proud of forever! 

 

A good way to find the style you like is to use social media. Instagram and Pinterest are good places to start. 

 

 

2 Style 

Once you have found a style you like, start searching the internet and look at your local photographers’ website. Look at their portfolios and see if you can imagen yourself in the images. 

This is important if you can not imagine yourself in any of the images on the photographer’s website from experience I feel you may be looking at the wrong photographer. 

 

Some Wedding photographer just specializes in candid’s they are called documentaries photographers. They won’t ever get you to pose and most of the time they only use natural light (no flash work) this could be an issue on dark days like in the winter or a rainy day or a dark wedding venue.  

 

Some photographer styles can be very flamboyant, they will help you into poses you never fought you could doo! If you’re a shy couple this may not be for you also.  

 

My style is a mix of everything. I love taking candid’s and I love taking posed images. 

If the weather is bad I can always rely on my flashes to make even a rainy day look fabulous. 

Some of the main niche styles in the UK are……. 

Traditional 

Photojournalistic 

Natural 

Black and White 

 

3 Budget 

This one could be controversial, and may get me into trouble! I feel Photography should be one of your big-budget considerations! 

After your wedding is over and the cake has been eaten and the flowers have died the only thing you will have to remember your wedding day will the be the fantastic images your photographer has captured for you! 

This is why I would put photography near the top of the list on your budget, after all, it’s the only thing you will have left. 

 

4 DON’T take a chance 

Please don’t take a chance on your uncle who has a good camera to photograph your wedding (unless he is a pro photographer) or rely on your friend’s camera phone images! Or put disposables on your guest’s tables and expect to end up with anything more than your drunk mates taking a selfie. 

 

5 Do take a chance 

Take a chance on young or up and coming photographer remember that every £3,000 a wedding photographer had to start somewhere. 

Picasso started out drawing doodles for payment for things like bread and food. If you do your research you may find a Picasso at the beginning of his/her career! 

 

6 Booking 

Once you have found the photographer of your dreams! drop them an email as soon as possible, dates are very competitive so its best just to let the photographer know that you are interested in booking them. They may even pencil you in if you’re not ready to book yet. 

The next step would be to arrange a meeting or at the very least have a nice chat on the phone. 

I like to meet my clients face to face this lets me understand what you’re all about as a couple and talk about your dream wedding in more detail, it also lets the couple meet me and see that I am easy to get along with. 

 

A little bit about me

This article is going to grow over the years and will be updated. If you have any questions or ideas to add to this article please comment below.

A little bit about me, I have been a Yorkshire Wedding photographer of many years now. And the points I have brought up in this article all come to derive from my experience of shooting weddings in Yorkshire and beyond.

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Pro Photographer, I love rugby, cameras, films, books and been a dad

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