Wedding Planning

Three Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Photographer

There’s a myriad of tips and tricks to bagging the perfect wedding photographer. Stick to your budget. Set a budget, even. Choose local. Venture afar. Trust testimonials. Check out the amount of Facebook likes a photographer has. Go with who your friends and family recommend. Always chat with potential photographers before booking one. Really, there’s no end to the advice offered to would-be weds ahead of their big day.

For an alternative and expert insight into booking the best wedding photographer, why not ask a bunch of wedding photographers for their advice? The three tips below are the top three provided by actual and professional, working wedding photographers in the UK.

Tip One

Do not be afraid to ask for what you want – no matter how quirky, unique or ‘out there’. Engagement photo shoots, wedding fashion photo shoots and just about everything in between are do-able…provided you find the right photographer.

Professional photographer, Francesca Hill, for example, is not just willing to accommodate her clients’ wishes when possible; her excitement and joy at being asked exactly that is a fair indicator of a photographer’s dedication to perfectly capturing your wedding goings on. To quote Francesca: ‘‘Could you do a mini fashion shoot for my clothing line’ is possibly the most random request I’ve ever received whilst shooting a Wedding?” […] my answer was of course yes!’.

No doubt when her client made this request and received Francesca’s answer, she knew – this is the photographer for me. Hence, if you have a definite idea, no matter how individual, as to how you want your wedding photography to be shot or as to any pre or post shoots you’d like to also have done, ask photographers before booking one – often the energy in the response you receive will tell you everything you need to know.

Tip Two

Everybody dreams of the fairytale big day, but injecting an element of realism back into the mix can produce some stunning, candid and touching honesty in your wedding photos that will remind you – for you and your partner, the fairytale really did come true.

Hence, photographers such as Katy and the team at Katy and Co Photography, share how they work and why that works for them – and their clients: ‘[we] blend into the crowd, nothing contrived or re-enacted, we will just capture everything as it happens. Couples frequently tell us that with so much to think about, their weddings rush past before they have chance to savour all the details of their unrepeatable day. We aim to photograph the essential, dramatic moments of your ceremony as well as documenting the minutiae and idiosyncrasies that make your day individual to you.’

The tip here is then, find a photographer with whom you are comfortable…book them, and on the day, forget they are there.

Tip Three

To end, Adam Prosser perhaps offers the best tip of all, which he first gave while speaking with Stylist Magazine.

Adam believes that the trick to finding the perfect photographer to capture your perfect day is to ‘choose a photographer that has pictures in their portfolio that capture the way you would like to remember your wedding. For example do you want a photographer that will make a straight forward record of the day or a photographer that will capture the romance and bond between you and your partner? Or what about all the detail touches you have slaved over for months? These things can easily be overlooked. Additionally though, try not to shop on price! When budgets are tight it’s easy to look at the pound signs before the work/talent/ability itself. Try to research photographers that tick the boxes visually and then narrow down to what fits your budget.”

So, whatever your style, dream or budget, remember – don’t let yourself be too swayed by friends, family or even price tags; listen to what photographer’s have to say, and share with them your vision.




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Wedding Planning

Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer for Your Budget

Finding a wedding photographer isn’t difficult – you can throw your engagement ring and hit twenty. Hiring one whose style you like and that you can afford, well, that’s a different style entirely.

Unfortunately, anyone with a half-decent camera thinks they’re a wedding photographer these days. Maybe they’re trying to get in on what they see as a lucrative industry, but maybe they’re genuinely interested in sharing your special day with you. You won’t know until you start to talk to a few. Here’s a few tips on how to find a wedding photographer on a small budget. First, figure out your budget for wedding photography, and then follow these steps:

Don’t just google ‘Best Local Wedding Photographer On A Budget’.
The first ten pages are results of people who are probably (not always, but probably) well out of your price range. You’ll have to be a little more creative. Put the word out amongst friends, family and co-workers that you’re looking for a photographer to talk to, one that preferably has wedding experience.  Many people will tell you that ‘you get what you pay for’ when it comes to cheaper photographers, but that doesn’t also mean that the most expensive option is the best.

Look on budget-oriented websites.
If you’re in the US, you’ve got a range of options. seems to be growing quite a lot. You post what you’re looking for and then photographers make bids for your business. is another place where you can compare vendors without the gloss and glitter of wedding-oriented websites.

Think of other options.
Think about tapping the local talent by checking on Craigslist and at local colleges. There are photography majors who want to build a portfolio who would likely cut you a great deal that a professional couldn’t.  Anyone you talk to should be able to provide a sample of photographs they’ve taken so that you can see their style.

Try them out.
Even if an ‘Engagement Session’ isn’t free, it should be a pretty nominal fee. Those pictures should be able to tell you if you like the way you interact with the photographer and how you feel about their style.  If your budget allows it, you can try several ‘engagement sessions’ – there’s nothing wrong with having lots of beautiful pictures of yourselves!

Ask for extras.
These non-traditional photographers may or may not be able to offer post-processing for your pictures, but you are far more likely to be able to retain the rights to your photos. Professional wedding photographers usually don’t allow you to keep the rights to your photographs, and charge you for digital copies or physical prints. By having all of your photos, you have the ability to retouch them later as you see fit and to print and use as you like.

Don’t tell them your budget too early.
By offering your budget amount at the start of the conversation, you lose a lot of negotiating power. You want to be able to talk to the photographer first and get an idea for their style and personality before telling them what you’re able to spend. If they can tell you a few budgets that they’ve worked with in the past and what those budgets have covered, you’ll have a better idea of what you are going to get for the amount you’re able to spend.

Stick to your budget, but make sacrifices if you have to.
It is always hard to walk away from what your heart is set on.  If you end up being faced with a photographer you totally love, a package that offers everything you need and want but is just out of your price range, maybe it’s time to reconsider your budget.  Don’t try to spend more than you can, but see what else can be juggled around or reallocated.  Can you shave off some costs on your wedding cake?  Maybe don’t spend money on expensive programs? Cut down some of your floral arrangements?  If you find the wedding photographer that’s perfect for your big day, try to make it work for both of you.  You’ll be glad you did, and they’ll do their best to make it perfect since you made it happen.

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