The RMW Genius Guide to… choosing a Wedding Photographer

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.

*Images courtesy of Jodie Chapman… see the whole elegant wedding and reception here

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.

*Images courtesy of Segerius-Bruce Photography – see the London Civil here and Modern Fairytale second part.

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.

*Images courtesy of David Jenkins Photography, see the Jenny Packham dress and Vintage tea party here.

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!

*Images courtesy of Steve Gerrard. See the whole Wool wedding and Reception here.

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.

*Images courtesy of Lawson Photography. See the Moroccan extravaganza night before, Getting ready and the Boho ceremony and Vibrant reception here.

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.

Personality Perfect

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.

*Images courtesy of Shoot Lifestyle photography, see the festival style wedding and teepee sunset reception here.

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?

Yours Truly


Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

43 thoughts on “The RMW Genius Guide to… choosing a Wedding Photographer

  1. Great article Rebecca, I particularly agree with your last point regards personality and the last thing I normally say to clients after our initial meeting is to to walk away and find another wedding photographer if they feel they haven’t “clicked” with us.

    The wedding photographer spends a lot of time with the bride and groom on their wedding day so its essential they have a good rapport.

  2. Some really good tips, there. We’ve been extremely lucky that an old uni friend of my fiancé is a beyond-excellent photographer (see and we’ve had the chance to see him in action at another friend’s wedding. He’s a bit like a ninja – everywhere, yet invisible.

    Your points regarding money are spot on. It has taken a while but I’ve finally got to the stage where I’ve realised that my wedding doesn’t have to look like a Style Me Pretty shoot to be pretty damn great – with a great photographer, the mood of the day should just shine through in the pictures, and that’s what counts when it comes to such a lasting keepsake.

  3. totally brilliant post as this is one of the areas that i really struggled with. I have been so worried about it as our original photographer backed out about a month ago and with our wedding in July didnt really give us a lot of options but we have been really lucky to find a photographer who hasnt done a huge amount of weddings and really want’s to do more after meeting with her and seeing her portfolio we thought she was perfect and is actually cheaper than the one before. I have been looking at websites etc to look at ideas for shots and didnt have a clue what they were called etc so this post has been so helpful xxxx

  4. I couldn’t agree more about how important the photography is! We were lucky that we found a great photographer for our wedding a month ago. He was made us feel totally at ease, he was unobtrusive but captured all the important moments of the day and was cheaper than a lot of the more well-known companies in Scotland.

    My tip would be not to necessarily go with the really well established photographers (although that is obviously easier, more stress-free and you know what you’re getting!) but to do loads of research and find ones that are just starting out, or maybe haven’t been doing it that long. By doing that we found someone that was enthusiastic and un-cliched and we now have an amzing set of photos!

  5. I can honestly say that other than knowing I married Mr K, NOTHING gives me so much pleasure as leafing through my wedding photo album. To be honest, I don’t look at most of them regularly, (there’s only so much imagery of my bridesmaids doing up my corset that I can cope with) but the top 200 or so make me one very, very happy lady. Don’t care about the dress, the cake, the nothing, it’s all about the snaps. Rebecca is right – invest in that above everything else!

  6. You have covered some really important points here especially in terms of style and expectations.
    So glad you have also mentioned how important having a good relationship with your photographer is. Couples that feel uncomfortable or have stress added to their day due to their photographer will never produce those happy, full of fun style shots they dreamed of anyway.

  7. Great article, for me clicking with the bride and groom is priority. Anyone can press a button on a camera, but a great Wedding photographer can bring out the best in people and make any situation look beautiful. And that skill is priceless!

  8. Obviously a very helpful and informative post – but I really enjoyed looking back at some of the fab weddings you have featured that I’d forgotten about. It’s like seeing old friends on the high street.

  9. I loved our photographer and he really captured the fun of our day but my only regret is that we didn’t get a really good confetti shot, either i’m pulling a stupid face or hubbie is!

    We wanted natural shots but I think this is one occasion where I wish I had posed it a bit better to get a fab shot. Oh well! xXx

  10. With a one year on perspective… I love the ones we have up in our flat and they’re the ones which will be up for the rest of our lives together and be shared with future generations. Yes, I may look back and want more of the detail at this stage but as a wedding is about marriage and being together the ones which show your love are all that truly matter.

    On a cost note we used a photographer who gave us our images and then we used a professional photo proccessing online company (Loxley Colour) to print them. Our album was on our gift list and I think getting our photos developed was about £100.

  11. Our photographer (the super talented Jeff Ascough), was the first thing I booked, in fact I think I even checked with him that he was free before confirming the venue! When you make an enquiry with him he asks “how important is the photography to you?” which i think is a good place to start!

  12. One thing I don’t understand from the piece is in relation to the cost of photographers. We contacted one of the photographers who is highly revered on here only to be told that their basic day long package was £4600!

    Obviously you can spend as much or as little as you can afford/want to but I was surprised the maximum amount mention was £3500 given the conversation we had above!

  13. Hi Sarah,

    Reading Rebecca’s comment she was saying that our sponsors covered the price ranges that were mentioned by our readers on Facebook and Twitter, not specifically what the minimum or maximum packages are.

    Hope that makes sense 🙂

    Charlotte xxx

  14. Good article, Rebecca! From my point of view as a wedding photographer I think there are few other bits worth throwing into the mix, so I’ll add them here and I hope that people will find it useful.

    1. It’s important to acknowledge that there are good and bad wedding photographers in every price bracket. How do you tell the difference? Use your eyes to look at their work and your ears to hear what they say. Paying £2000 doesn’t guarantee a great job, and nor does paying £500 always mean shoddy photographs. I do think there is an element of luck involved in finding great photographers in lower price brackets, but they do exist momentarily before they gain more experience and charge more.
    2. Ensure that you view albums of a number of complete weddings. Some photographers may show mixed portfolios made up of their best shots over a number of weddings. Viewing a complete wedding from beginning to end will give you an idea of how they perform over the variety of different scenarios encountered throughout the day, whether that’s the nervous excitement during pre-wedding moments, the emotive ceremony, the more traditional/formal family shots, the reportage throughout the whole day, or indeed the more personal, intimate shots of just the two of you. Good photographers are skilled at capturing all these moments, and being able to do this allows us to really tell the story of your whole day.
    3. This one is in slight disagreement with Rebecca- sorry! 😀 I don’t think you necessarily need to compare ‘like for like.’ If a photographer has produced dreamy garden images that you love, it doesn’t mean he/she can’t produce equally brilliant images of your city chic spectacular. Good photographers can create good photographs no matter what type of wedding you choose and you don’t need to look for a wedding photographer who shoots city weddings to get a good result for your city wedding. Likewise, a good photographer who shoots mainly city weddings should be equally skilful in capturing your country wedding. We have successfully captured beautiful photographs in the midday sun and heat of Spain as well as in the UK at the end of December with a ceremony time that meant we had no natural light to work with- polar opposites in terms of photography! Of course there are exceptions and some photographers do specialise in a certain type of wedding e.g. multicultural ceremonies.
    4. Don’t get hung up on terms of style. These terms are so misused nowadays, especially the current buzzword ‘photojournalism’, that often they’re meaningless. Did you know that in the US, the Wedding Photojournalism Association will only accept a photographer as a wedding photojournalist if at least 70 to 80% of their shots are completely ‘fly on the wall’ with absolutely no hint of posing or awareness from the subject, and with a tendency NOT to shoot photos of details such as rings, shoes, dresses etc, and where there is only very minimal processing done? Rather than focusing on wanting a photographer who describes themselves as delivering a specific style, just go on what your eyes see. If you like their style, then that’s what matters most.
    5. Like the photos, not the wedding. It’s very easy when looking at wedding photographs to be swept along by the Pronovias dress, the Louboutin heels, the flawless bride and the dishy groom. Look at the photos and just make sure it’s the photographs that you’re falling in love with, not the beautiful wedding.

    Aside from all this, I agree that personality is very important. If you don’t feel comfortable around the photographer when you first meet them, you’re not going to feel much better around them on your wedding day! And it’s a two-way street, because as a photographer I also want to feel that we got on well when we met. On top of this, pre-wedding shoots are great way of getting to spend more time with your photographer so that you can get used to them, and vice versa, and it gives you a great chance to experience being professionally photographed when in reality many people haven’t had experience of that before.

    Hope this helps people trying to make decisions on wedding photography, and good luck!

  15. Oh my the average price of a photographer you’ve quoted is my entire wedding budget! I think I’m getting too big for my boots looking at these websites sometimes..

  16. Phew! Thanks Christian, and all the other photographers who commented, it’s really great to get an open dialogue going and hear something from the people we are actually talking about 🙂

    Christian, I wasn’t at all trying to suggest that photographers can’t capture more than one type or setting of wedding, but some finished photography styles (ie vintage look, flare, high sat etc) are what a particular person excels at. I was more saying try to remember that when comparing your wedding style and the opportunities there will be to get similar styles of shots. Hope that makes sense :} ?!?

    I think you have a genius point here too regarding not falling for the wedding over the photography. We are always careful to accept our sponsors for example on the basis of their photographic skill and potential to ‘rock a RMW reader wedding’ (as we like to say over and over) rather that the type of weddings they may have had opportunity to shoot in the past. It’s an important consideration.


  17. Wowsers, just how helpful is Christian?! Thanks to Rebecca and Charlotte for this. Keep it up, lovely ladies, always a pleasure to read your stuff! x

  18. I loved this article and i think it really helps us newer photographers understand the market better. I wonder if there is any room to explain more on why photographers cost what they do? why they get to the prices they can.. I for one would love to show our value and that one wedding day shoot means nearly another day organising, proofing and backing up pics whilst organising a viewing.. depreciation of over £8k’s worth of equipment and software etc etc.. anyhoo – I thought it might help a bride and groom understand more. My B&G’s felt so much better I after I explained what our personal time and costs are. Just an idea. x

  19. Forgot to say too… glad you enjoyed looking back through the wedding featured. I always try and feature older weddings that people new to the site wouldn’t have seen. Oldies but Goodies 🙂

    Make sure you do click through and check them out, there’s some stunners in there…


  20. Very interesting post. I’m very fortunate enough that as Art Director at a leading bridal magazine I get to see lots of other photographers work which is great.

    It is true there are so great upcoming wedding photographers, but they normally are the exception rather than the rule. Experience counts for so much. Sadly I see lots of not so great photographs too. A wedding is as much about the photography as understanding the dynamics of the day. Being able able to take great posed portrait shots is nothing like fast paced wedding photography.

    Rebecca is very right in saying think about what style you love and remember how much time you put into your day, this is how you will hopefully remember it forever.

    Someone who is serious about wedding photography as a career will naturally charge a certain amount or above. The main reasons for this is the ever changing equipment, insurance, sample albums before they’ve even started.

    Then a wedding is actually about a week’s or two’s work. If you include appointments, pre-venue meeting, the day itself, then after any really great photographer will properly edit your photographs to create you the perfect package. If they are creating an album they will go through photo layouts with you and selection, ordering, putting the album together before delivery. If there are two photographers the money soon goes. If they are very busy they will probably employ assistants to deal with admin, appointments and albums.

    So when you choose a photographer pick someone whose work you love but you can spend the entire day with, if you aren’t relaxed with them you won’t be in the photographs and neither will your family or friends!

    As always love the blog. xxxx

  21. Loving the content girls!

    I fell on my feet finding Kim Hawkins when I did, as she is becoming busier by the day! Budget wise you don’t have to spend a fortune, it just so happens that I get on ridiculously well with Kim, feel really comfortable with her, and she does the sort of shots that I adore. Plus she’s a local lass, and I am all for supporting your local business!

    Jen x

  22. I feel really lucky. Our photographer (first thing we booked for our wedding) simoncookphotography is a friend of mine who I used to flatshare with many many years ago. I don’t have to worry about feeling comfortable around him because I know him really well.

    He will be employing assistant(s) to photograph our wedding as there’s two brides, two grooms and 150 guests. We don’t want to miss valuable photo opportunities.

    I’m glad we have also arranged a videographer too because I have heard so many brides regret not having one after their wedding day. We have found a really good one who is a lot cheaper than others whose work is nowhere near as good as his. £650 whole day and he always has another cameraman with him too. We asked for a full length wedding DVD to watch before we booked anyone. The difference between videographers was astounding.

    I think what I will add to the comments above is to beware of photographers and videographers who do this as a hobby or extra cash on the side and not as a full time job.
    There are some people out there in this digital age who think they can shoot great wedding videos/photos but they have none of the skills required in creating a fabulous film/album for you.

  23. Oh wow – Christian is so right on point 5. It’s really difficult to the layman eye to be able to separate beautiful photograph from beautiful wedding! It’s kind of like when you’re househunting and you fall in love with the furniture. Yup, done that!

  24. Oh how I wish I had seen this post when I was getting married as it might have saved some misery, photography is a bit of a hobby of mine and whilst I’m certainly no expert, I do love looking at great photos so why I compromised on one of the most important things on the wedding I will never know! Unfortunately as soon as we got engaged my hubby’s friend and stepfather insisted they would do our photography and whilst I know they were doing it as a favour and out of kindness they were not professionals and the photos are nothing like I wanted. I was in a position where I didn’t want to offend or upset anyone but I had serious reservations & was constantly worried throughout the whole lead up to the wedding as to what they would look like and just wish I had stopped worrying about upsetting anyone and insisted we got a professional. Whilst I’m not saying they were awful & I do feel guilty for being upset, there was no direction during the group shots with people standing behind people so you can just see the tops of their heads or not looking in the right direction so we don’t have one good group shot, quite a lot of photos missing that I had asked for (and I had given them a list of the important ones, i.e. with family / godparents) and the ones of my hubby and I are not at all what I wanted and in fact there aren’t even that many of the two of us that I would want to put in frames, which out of over 1000 photos is not great. Some of the receptions shots are good but he just didn’t have the eye for taking the more arty / contemporary shots I wanted and whilst I love reading this blog it is a reminder of how disappointing my wedding photos are and I will always have a sense of regret. I wish I could turn back time and book Neil Redfern or Lawson Photography who were top of my list of photographers! I’m not writing this as a ‘woe is me’ but I don’t want any other bride to feel the way I felt after getting our photos back so please please get the best photographer you can, so you can look back at your photos smiling! x

  25. Great post ladies. I know that at first cost may seem a lot more than some people expect. For example when I set out looking for my wedding dress I thought I would spend about £500. I quickly found that if I wanted my dream Jenny Packham “Honeybee” that I would need to increase that to £2K. I don’t regret that one little bit and it is the most amazing dress I could ever have picked. Perception changes once you see what is out there. A photographer who is doing this full time and having to run it as a proper business has to charge accordingly or risk going under. It can be tough, but it’s one of the most rewarding things in the world to do for a living.

  26. Great article girls.

    Referencing Julia’s point above about the level of work that goes into a wedding, I wrote an article a couple of months back looking at the behind the scenes efforts that go into making the wedding day itself a success from a photographic point of view. Understandably wedding photography can seem expensive if you consider the role as basically being present on the day and shooting lots of images, I wrote this article with that in mind and hopefully it shows some of the prep work that is essential in doing a truly professional job!

  27. GREAT post. I love that it’s not just on the style of photographer but the MONEY MONEY MONEY part too. I’m in that same boat…photography is probably the 2nd most important thing to me at the wedding…but I feel your comment on “do you spend more money making the day look good…or the memories of it?”

    Tough call, thanks for sharing.

  28. Has anyone got any tips on how to be more photogenic? I haven’t found my good side yet and I’m worrying about not looking good on my wedding pics. I seem to go stiff and pull funny faces once a camera is put in front of me.
    I have asked for total reportage and contemporary shots for our wedding to avoid formal shots where I look really awkward. However I know my in-laws will want a formal photo of us to place on their mantlepiece.

    I’d really appreciate any tips on how a bride should stand and how to not pull a silly face. I look so peed off in recent photos which my friends have taken when I’m trying on wedding dresses. Plus I have a habit of hiding my arms behind my back or placing hands on hips. Not good.

  29. Hi Teresa,

    In reply to your question, I think the main thing is for you not to worry about it, though this is easier said than done. Part of the skill of a wedding photographer is not just in forming good compositions that are properly exposed, and of the right moment, but in helping their subjects to feel relaxed and at ease in front of the lens. I find that with some of the more formal or posed shots, a lot of people want guidance with regards to how to stand, what to do with their hands, where to look and how much to smile (or not), and this is something that wedding photographers should help with in order to get you looking at your best. Posture also is something that many people are aware of not being too good at, so sometimes it’s for me to ask people to do things like straighten their back a little, put their shoulders back, feet a bit more together or apart, chin up slightly etc. Obviously this isn’t done for every shot, but just for the more posed ones where people can sometimes feel awkward, and I know that our clients have really valued the attention to detail. If your photographer’s not offering you one, I would advise you to see if they can do a short pre-wedding shoot with you. That way, on the day itself it won’t be your first time in front of a professional photographer, they will see how you react to the camera and they’ll be aware of the little tips they need to give you occasionally, and overall you will feel a lot more relaxed on the day…and it’s relaxation that’s the best thing of all.
    Hope this helps.

  30. Totally agree with Christian. I would have a chat with your photographer regarding this and see what they say. A good little tip is to put your weight on your back foot and bend your front leg a bit bringing it in front with toe pointed. Sounds funny, but it works! The reason is that your hips are pushed away from the camera. This is just one example of how a photographer can guide you in posing. I try to have fun with my clients and make them laugh for the couple portraits as well as the family groups. Pay attention to your photographer’s personality and judge whether they will have a good way with people.

  31. Always ask to see a FULL set of proofs from at least 1 wedding (preferably one of the photographer’s most recent) before booking with a photographer. I’ve heard so many horror stories about people who loved the photographer’s portfolio, but then they ended up with a subpar set of proofs. Look at all of their work. Ask to talk to other brides. It’s not just about the price, personality, and photographic style. I always send people links to my proofing galleries so they can see lots of photos, not just the best of the best on my blog/website!

  32. As a wedding photographer and someone who has “shopped” for a wedding photographer here in Toronto I can break it down to 3 things that were important. First and foremost start with the “photography” you must love the photography because that is what your will have to remember you day with. Second is if you “mesh” with your photographer. Your photos will be affected if you don;t get along with your photographer. Third, well the cost of course.

  33. This is a great article about photography. I’d add one more thing to the list. Does your wedding photographer love weddings? Looking at their pictures, does it look as if they were ‘there’ emotionally? We’ve all seen the grumpy photographer ordering people around who is just there to get a bit of bread and butter so that he can go back to shooting gallery work. Remember playing the photographer is a role at a wedding too, and make sure you choose someone who will be enthusiastic about it.

  34. Hi, I’d just like to offer up a suggestion to those who are on a tight budget. My hubby and I were trying to save a mortgage deposit while paying for our wedding, and couldn’t justify £2k on our photography (our whole budget was £7k). I think what we did was as good a compromise as possible.

    We found a photographer we loved who offered flexible packages starting at just 2 hours photography and booked him for our ceremony and an hour or so afterwards so we guaranteed some stunning shots without being floored by the cost of his time for the whole day.

    We also had plenty of budding photographers among our guests, who came toting SLR’s and got some really lovely shots to go alongside the professional ones. His price included the images on DVD with full rights and we’ve spent many a happy evening arranging them in a photobook on, which for 70 odd pages, cost us around £40.

    It may not be the highest quality printing, but they do look great and we have images to have reproduced professionally in the future if we want to.

    If budget is tight, I think it’s worth finding a photographer you love and asking them what they can do for your budget. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know and it’s better to have a few amazing pics than lots of averagey ones.

  35. Just re read this again as I’m having real jitters about photography!

    More articles about this ‘serious sh:t’ would be great!

  36. I just wanted to say that not all photographers charge a fortune and some (like myself) will do all they can to accommodate the happy couples budget..If they have limited funds and want to use me, I will tell them what I can do for their budget..I also do not push my couples to purchase their albums straight away..Weddings are an expensive business and if my couples have to save for the album they really want then I am happy to wait for them..(within reason of course).
    I completely agree that you should find a vibe between yourselves and the photographer, I always try to meet my couples a few times, (although this is not always possible). It enables everyone to be more comfortable with each other, which means the couple are completely relaxed on the big day..not only do you get fabulous photographs but I always feel I have made new friends..
    I love my job, what’s not to love..when you are a die hard romantic, like myself, it is the perfect job..

  37. Hi Rebecca, still a relevant subject, and nicely covered. Obviously price is a leading factor, but as many people say try to select a photographer that you like the style of but most importantly like their personality. Most couples may not realise how much of the day is spent with their photographer. Love the website.

  38. Great piece, just come across it sorry. I’m a full-time wedding photographer and have been for 20 odd years, did start young but totally agree the price paid for wedding photography is very hit and miss. There are some shocking and shockingly good photographers at both ends of the price bracket. Some newbie starting out may only charge a few hundred, be super talented, keen and you’ll get great photos. You could also pay a couple of thousand and get awful shots. My advice; look at the work, experience and feedback before the price.

  39. Great article and very interesting. Once you have found a style it is important to make sure you feel comfortable and natural around them, relaxed and easy going, you also want to make sure you trust them, go with your gut. We showcase some top wedding photographers (
    Also worth remembering many will travel to, so you are not restricted to your region, but further a field. Sam

  40. This is such a great post!
    I am a wedding photographer ( and I would say go to some wedding fairs and meet your photographer (I love A Most Curious Fair in London and Norwich).
    Also there are lots of portrait, fashion and documentary photographers that don’t neccessarily advertise that they do weddings so if you love love love their work, drop them an email!
    Have lovely, heart-filled weddings all xxx

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