No Fancy titles here because this is serious &^*t people. One day, one chance, one set of images to treasure forever.
And believe it or not, even though countless people have complimented and marveled over both mine and Charlotte’s own Wedding Photographs, we still have missed shots and things we wish we had thought of, and there will always be some. The trick is to make sure you figure out how to minimise the risk of that happening as much as possible.
So I have put a guide together, of things you might want to consider when you’re looking for your photographer. It’s not all about money, it’s about style and luckily, we can help guide you through that by the bucket load.
So what’s your style?
So I’m having a moment with the vintage look. With Holgas being hot property and lomography a hot topic, a bit of lens flare goes a long way in giving a soft glowing romantic feel.
Beware however trying to blend a style of photography with the wedding your are planning. For example, if I had Charlotte’s wedding, with beautiful natural light inside and loads of time in the glorious sunshine and stunning Gardens of Notely Abbey, it would be flare heaven and vintage a-go go.
Scroll back to the wedding I actually had and there was nigh on not a single opportunity to shoot into any light, never mind sunlight. Combine the dimly lit church with a moodily lit reception and small or absent windows and dispite the glorious weather there was nothing to be done. Fortunately it wasn’t what I planned for and in fact I hadn’t even discovered this genre of photography, but the lesson lies within. Make sure when you fall in love with your photographers portfolio you are comparing like with like. Don’t book a photographer on a strength of dreamy garden images when you are planning a city chic spectacular.
All about the details
I can remember standing with my photographers the week before my own wedding, doing a little venue reccy and with a sweeping gesture, saying ‘Forget the details, I don’t care about all that stuff, just get the people, thats what’s important.’
In the grand scheme of things I was right, but what I didn’t realise at the time was that I had just erased all my hard work and DIY details in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding, with a sweep of the hand.
Of course this is just an example, it may not be the actual details that you want capturing – although if you’re reading this, we reckon you must be a little detail obsessed like us! But what is your thing? Are you all about the couple shots? The vintage look? High colour saturation? Evocative B&W images? Whatever your thing is, make sure that’s the thing you’re looking at when you’re browsing portfolios.
Money Money Money
It’s hard isn’t it? Do you spend the money on the stuff that makes your day look good and you feel good, but risk the images of the day not being representative of your memories, or just frankly not up to scratch? Or do you splash the cash on a fab photographer but consequently have to scrimp on what you can afford to make the day. This is never going to mean there’s less to photograph… you are the main event!
One of the biggest discrepancies I find in our communications with brides is the difference between what they set out to spend on photography and what photographers actually cost. Rock My Wedding is all about the photography and I know it would be really hard to choose a photographer now I have access to the site if I was to do it again. The more you look at images like the ones we feature here, the more you want great photography but there’s a risk that they look so good up here you think thats unattainable. Well, I’m here to say thats not the case. All the weddings are real brides, real women, just like you. It’s hard to envisage how it will all come together on the day but it does, everytime, and the memories of that need to be perfect.
A quick poll on our Facebook page and on Twitter showed us that you guys have spent between £350 and £3500 on your photography, with the majority between £800-1500. The Photographers featured on our site (not just the sponsors) cover all of those price points with the average hovering around £1500-2000 for full day coverage and your album.
We’re not trying to say leave yourself in debt over it, just always remember… ‘After the wedding what will I have?’ The answer is, your Husband, your wedding ring, a heap of memories and (hopefully) beautiful images to cherish and share when the memories fade. You can’t do it again if they’re not what you imagined. If I have one piece of advice it’s SPEND AS MUCH AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY AFFORD.
Of course, I think it goes without saying that finding a photographer you gel with is equally important. There’s no way that choosing a photographer who you think is great but don’t get on like a house on fire with is going to work. If that photographer can’t make you laugh and smile, really get the best out of you, there won’t be those relaxed smiley images you so want. Pete and I met a well respected photographer when we were looking who had done a few celebrity weddings but was very fixed in her approach… the ‘informal relaxed’ shots were all directed and posed and whilst a photographer you have a great rapport with may be able to subtly bring the best out in you, we just didn’t like the idea of her ‘directing’ us all day.
I hope I’ve given you some food for thought ladies, and of course, soon the Love Lust list will feed your appetite for fabulous photography to capture that special day, we can’t wait!
Tell us, has this article made you think, or do you have any advice or top tips on what to consider when choosing a photographer?