Choosing A Wedding Photographer

The first thing to do when choosing a photographer is decide on the style of photography you want for your big day. Until I started planning our wedding, I had no idea of the different. I assumed someone turned up with a camera and asked everyone to say cheese. Oh no! There's so much more to it than that.

Some of the most popular styles available:

Reportage (photo journalistic) - This is where the photographer will capture special moments and create a narrative story through images as apposed to have staged poses. Many reportage photographers are happy to capture staged shots too but it's much less obtrusive and the shots are much more relaxed and honest.

Traditional - Also known as classic or posed. The photographer will focus mainly on the traditional photos of the wedding party, lots of staged poses and saying cheese. traditional photographers will often ask you to write a list of any shots you want captured. I have a list as long as my arm!

Most photographers are more than willing to adapt their techniques to the style of photography you want. After all, that's what we're paying them for.

I'm opting for mixed photography as I want lots of different styles and shots. I want some portrait images, aerial images, close ups, unexpected, group shots, poses and staged shots as well as some fine art photography, a few black and white and some editorial shots.

Choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions you'll have to make when planning a wedding. When the dress is put away and the suits are returned, the only memories you'll have forever are your photographers.

Photographers can be quite pricey but the work they put in amazing. Not just photographing the day but the editing until perfections weeks after the wedding, the finishing touches and making sure their clients are 100% satisfied with the finished product.

My advice is definitely not to scrimp on a photographer. Check out locals and ask to see their portfolio. Meet with them and make sure you feel comfortable around them. Many photographers offer a pre wedding shoot so you can get a feel of how they work and it makes the big day a little less daunting.

If you have any tips about choosing a photographer for a special occasion then I'd love to hear your comments below.

19 comments

  1. Great advice here! It's your big day, so you want to make sure the photographer is going to capture it just as you want to remember it x

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    1. Definitely, I'd hate to spend all of this time, effort and money to have rubbish fuzzy memories! x

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  2. Fantastic advice! I probably won't need this advice for a longgg time but it's good for all sorts of occasions like graduations too :)

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    1. That's what I used to say... you just never know!

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  3. I think opting for mixed photography is a good shout in your case as it is good to have a variety of images. I wrote a post saying how I don't think I would ever get married myself but I love it when other people get married. If ever I did get married, it would definitely include some street art Lol x

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    1. Ana I can just imagine your photography! Bridal street art, I'm loving it!

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  4. Great advice! I think it's really important to make sure that you find the right wedding photographer, after all you only get one chance to get it right - unless you are married twice over like I was!

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    1. Hopefully just the once lol so I definitely took my time when choosing a photographer, it's something I feel you can't scrimp on

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  5. I have a good friend who's a wedding photographer, and I'm always amazed by how much effort is involved to truly do it well. I love that they ask for a a list of shots you're hoping to have taken .. but I'm like you, I'd come up a million different options. Some of my favorite photos from our wedding where those that weren't planned. It will be fun to see how they turn out (hopefully you'll share a few with your readers!) x

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    1. There's so much more to it than capturing a few nice shots. They work so hard and they reflect that in their prices. I think people get a shock at first but I don't mind, as long as I get beautiful lasting memories of my big day. Of course I'll be sharing! x

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  6. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding! Photography is a hobby of mine so I understand that each photographer develops their own style but I didn't know that there were overall styles that photographers can chose to pick up.

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    1. Oh that's lovely. Me neither until I contacted photographers in my area! lol

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  7. Great Advice! A huge part of choosing our photographer was budget. A lot of photographers prices are in packages. If you've found a photographer that you like and they are a a little bit of your price range, I would suggest negotiating the rate. Maybe suggesting a 6 hour package as opposed to a full day.

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  8. Getting to know photographers is definitely important. You have to feel comfortable with them. I had an unfortunate case with one, but it was lucky I had another friends wife who was an amazing photographer who took some amazing pics for us.

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  9. Ive had friends who have tied the knot recently and its definitely important to find the right photographer. And definitely not to go for the most affordable. Quality is def important.

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  10. Get married it is always so exciting, but it is also a lot of work to get everything ready for the big day! Finding a good photographer is important and yes, I didn't know there were so many different types of pics and things involve. I like the tips you give here, I am sure a lot of people will find it useful.

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  11. This is a great post more people should know these things. Finding a photographer is such a big deal.

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  12. Here's a tip which I have learned after dealing with photographers for 4 weddings. If you are throwing a party before the wedding day with your relatives, or if they are just coming to your home from far away a day or two before the wedding, it is very very important to call the photographer to familiarise them with the family/location. That way all the great moments will be captured for all important people as a part of the wedding.

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  13. For my wedding, I used a friend who is a professional photographer. The photos were fairly traditional and simple.

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