No this post isn’t an elaborate way to give my accountant a heart attack, I want to talk about one of the things that I think is most important when you’re choosing a wedding photographer.
I firmly believe that the key to great wedding photos isn’t just to have hired a professional photographer who is a master of their craft and has great equipment, but to have hired a photographer who you get on and feel comfortable working with. Your florist or cake maker will contribute to creating a beautiful day but by the time things get going, their work is done. That’s when things are just getting going for your photographer though.
If you’re booking for a full day package, that means I’ll be there from getting ready in the morning all the way through to the dancing in the evening. If you don’t feel comfortable working with your photographer then that’s a long time. It means you’re not going to enjoy your wedding as much as you should, which is what it’s all about.
If you’re not at ease it will also show in your photos. That’s not what you want and that’s certainly not what I want. That’s why I think it’s really important not just to look at a website or portfolio of photos but to make sure those come from real weddings and then to meet up and just have a chat. If you don’t feel that it’s a good fit then don’t feel pressured to commit. I’d hate it if you weren’t absolutely happy with your photos because of that. This is also the reason that for every wedding booking I also include a complementary engagement photoshoot. As well as giving you a set of photos to enjoy and share with loved ones, it’s a great way to get used to working with a photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera.
So make sure you’re comfortable with your photographer because it will show in the finished photos, and it will help make sure you can enjoy your wedding day to the full.