In this blog we will be sharing things to think about when booking a photographer for your wedding.
We believe looking for the right photographer early is a must.
Building a relationship with your photographer is the key to having a successful wedding day.
Having a bond between you and your photographer helps get better results and relaxes everyone during your session and on your special day..
You have to think it would be very off putting if you didn't like your photographer, this might mean you don't feel so comfortable with the photographer photographing you.
Here at Focus Digital Photography Lincoln we recommend sitting down with your chosen photographer before you agree to book.
Having a meeting (consultation) with your photographer means you and the photographer will get to know each other a little better before a camera is involved.
This is great for people that may feel nervous around new people or even cameras.
Having a meeting with your photographer also means you get to see the photographers work and style.
The question every photographer hears a lot is do I need a professional photographer? or should I get a family member or friend to take my photos?
There is a plus side and a negative side to this question....
The plus side is you know the person taking the photos and yes it would probably save you a little bit of money.
The negative side is that they are your guests and they still want to be part of your day. You don't want to make your guests feel like a service.
A professional photographer will spend hours after your big day editing your images correcting lighting and making your images look amazing.
Not all family members or friends will do this as it takes a lot of time and skill to adapt an image.
We hear from a lot of couples that say can we do a portraiture session after the wedding day, as they had a family member or friend take photos and they didn't get the style of images they wanted.
You have to remember when getting married you only get one chance at getting the images that are wanted and needed.
We would always recommend asking your photographer for a pre wedding or engagement Session before your wedding day, so that yourself and the photographer can work together before your big day.
This helps you build your bond with your photographer and makes it easier for you to relax on your big day.
Your photographer is pretty much your closest friend on your Wedding Day.
They are there for every moment from the beginning – they even see you when your loved one doesn’t! They are the ones to make those amazing lasting memories of you as newlyweds and of your happy guests, celebrating your marriage.
Make sure you and your photographer is ready to go, with our handy tips below:
How to book your photographer:
Decide what style of photos you would like and the style of photographer you would like to capture your special day.
Do your research, look for your photographer early to avoid disappointment.
View all websites, social media and ask friends and family for any recommendations.
Contact your preferred photographer and find out their
available, nothing worse than them already being booked out.
Book a meeting (consultation) and take a look at the photographers work (portfolio).
Ask as many questions as possible.
Confirm who will be with you through out your special day.
Make Sure Your Personalities Mesh- See if you have a mutual bond with the
Confirm the package price and deposit price.
Read the contract they have presented to you.
Once you are happy with everything you see and asked every question, book your photographer.
What you need to tell the photographer:
1) Tell them what they should wear; you don’t want a photographer in flip-flops and shorts in the middle of a black-tie affair. Your photographer should not stand out amongst your guests. (Massive camera aside of course!)
2) Provide them with an order of service, so they know what is happening and when. The only way for you to have photographs of all your special moments is to tell the photographer where he or she should be when they are taking place. (They need to get the best angle after all!)
3) If you want big group shots, including the entire wedding (guests and all), let the photographer know in advance. These will take longer to organise (and you don’t want your MOH or BM running around and frantically making sure Uncle Tom’s hand isn’t covering Aunt Mary’s face when he waves!)
4) Talking of group shots, if there are any awkward family circumstances, you should let your photographer know, so that he/she can position the subjects accordingly and be as tactful as possible.
5) Let your photographer know if any of your guests have mobility restrictions, so that benches and seats can be organised if needed for certain shots.
6) Ask your photographer to take pictures of all the little details you’ve worked so hard over! This could mean anything from the favours and elaborate seating cards, to the flower centrepieces on every table.
7) Similarly, tell your photographer if there is a specific location where you would like to be photographed (on a bridge, underneath a gorgeous tree, walking down a grand staircase), so that he or she can leave enough time for these shots, especially if lighting needs to be adjusted.
8) If you and your beloved are planning a surprise first dance with an incredible lift, get your photographer in on the surprise! If he or she knows when the big moments are coming, they can get the best angles for the coolest photos!
9) Lastly, we strongly advise you to tell your photographer if there are certain parts of your wedding you don’t want captured. Whilst some might find the drunken antics of your uncle Bill hilarious, you may not want them in your wedding album for years to come!