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Choosing the RIGHT Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding

Here are a few tips I’ve put together on choosing the right wedding photographer.

Always ask to see a completed wedding album. It’s easy for any wedding photographer to show you a ‘Best Of…’ image selection but this could only be 20-30 images taken from 20-30 weddings. It’s easy for anybody to get one good photo from each wedding but it takes a quality photographer to provide consistent results throughout the whole day. Having said that, also ask to see an album of their best work, it also gives you a good idea of what they are capable of!

Are they qualified? With more and more wedding photographers entering the market it can be very hard to select the right one for you. A good judgement is to see whether their peers are willing to give them acknowledgment for their work too. With a highly qualified wedding photographer you know you are getting someone who takes pride in their work and wants the letters after their name to show this.

Do I like this guy? You’re not just asking someone to take some photos; you’re asking someone to also be a part of your special day. They can be the greatest photographer in the world but if they have no personality then you’re not going to enjoy the time you spend with them. Making sure you have good rapport with your photographer is essential for providing good expressions in the photos.

Do they offer a pre-wedding shoot?

This is always a nice extra to add to your wedding package. Throughout all the hustle and bustle of preparing for your wedding day it is easy to forget that the engagement is also a special time that should be celebrated and captured forever. A nice spring Sunday afternoon with your photographer taking some relaxed photos of the 2 of you will also help build that all important rapport with your photographer before your special day.

5 Best Ways to Find a Good Wedding Photographer for You

A perfect wedding should always remain in the hearts and in the memory of those who took part in it. This is why a good wedding photographer in Surrey is needed to encapsulate the memories of that special day in a couple’s life. Surrey is also one of the best places in the United Kingdom to get married, and it is nice to be able to document this event in this very special place.

It may seem quite intimidating at first to look for a wedding photographer Surrey, but the truth is, you just have to know where to find the best photographers and how to reach them. Here are some ways to help you with that objective:

1. Local Listings – Try to look for wedding photographers through the list of local vendors, wedding suppliers and service providers. You can find a list through local directories, bulletin boards and announcement boards in certain establishments.

2. Ads – One of the ways to look for a service provider is through advertisements. You may check local papers and classified ads for photographers offering their services for events like weddings. You may also check out establishments and see if anyone has posted their services.

3. Referrals – You can also try to ask your friends and families for referrals. They might be able to recommend some good and trusted photographers who can take great photos at your wedding

4. Online – There are online directories where you can check out photographers offering their services for weddings. The good thing about doing research online these days is that the search engine often includes local searches to make it easier for you to conduct your search. That is why when you key in your search for wedding photographers in Surrey, it is easier for you to find photographers and be able to contact them immediately.

5. Websites – The good thing about searching through websites is that you are also able to see a sample of their work. There are many online photographer’s portfolios that you can look at to see if this matches your preferences.

Your wedding photos are very important on your wedding day which is why it is essential that you to have a wide variety of photographers to choose from. Try to look through these venues to have more options to choose from. Then create a shortlist of wedding photographer Surrey and try to meet with them so you will have more bases to help you finalize your decision.

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Hopefully you’ll only get wed once and it’s no surprise that for many people this is the most precious and important day in their lives. Good wedding photography will help capture this perfect day forever and will serve a a permanent reminder of your big day. With expectations high it’s little wonder that for many brides choosing a wedding photographer proves to be a painful and angst ridden experience.

Masters of diplomacy and tact the wedding photographer must work with great speed, confidence and of course technical competence. A great one will quietly and effortlessly fit into your day without without creating a scene, a poor one will obsess, embroil you in their anxiety and even upset your wedding guests. Thankfully out of the many weddings that I’ve been lucky enough to attend or have a part in, almost all of the photographers have fallen into the ‘good’ category. Sadly though there have been one or two exceptions in recent times. At these weddings the photographers exhibited all the negative attributes mentioned above, but worst still the end results were quite awful and totally unacceptable from a so called professional photographer.

Since the massive boom the wedding industry has witnessed in recent years, the lure of big money has proven irresistible to many photographers and hence the industry has seen a big influx in the number of budding wedding photographers. It has attracted many part time or previously amateur photographers into the profession, each one wanting a portion of this big fat wedding cake. Trying to weed out the good from the ugly can prove difficult so here are the issues that I would recommend you consider before making your choice.

Photographic Style. Each photographer will either consciously or naturally develop their own unique way of shooting. Some may be skilful enough to adopt a number of styles depending on the desires of the client whereas others will become famous for having a very particular look. Therefore the very first consideration when choosing a wedding photographer is to browse and ultimately decide on the style of work you most warm to. Be it traditional, contemporary, black and white, reportage, quirky or whatever, try to narrow down the style of photography you think best reflects you, then focus your search on photographers in your area that display this style.

Finances. How much cash can you realistically afford? Only you can answer that one but try to set a budget and stick to it. There will always be temptations to up the spends, especially if your friend hired the celebrity photographer for her wedding day, but try to avoid this. There are thousands of wedding photographers out there each one with a different fee structure, so there will be one that both caters to your budget and artistic sensibilities.

Photography Folio. Just about everything you want to know about a photographers artistic and technical abilities can be easily discovered by closely studying their portfolio. A first glance a photograph may look great but take a closer look and you might find awkward facial expressions, cut-off limbs, unpleasant colour castes, poor shadow detail or bleached out highlights, especially in the brides wedding dress. Really take the time to examine these details and don’t just be blinded by the how nice the bride looks or how ugly the brides mother-in-law looks.

Affiliation and Endorsements. Every trade these days has its professional bodies and the photography industry is no exception to this. In fact the list of so called professional bodies has in my opinion become a bit of a joke in recent years and no longer automatically denotes the quality of a photographer. It does however at least suggest a dedication to their trade but in no way does it guarantee either artistic or technical excellence. Customer endorsements are therefore a much more reliable source of recommendation and if you can speak to the customer in person, then all the better. Try not to simply dismiss a photographer whose style you like just because they have no affiliation or customer endorsements. They may be relatively new to the profession and therefore what they lack in experience, they can really make up for in passion and hunger!

Face to Face. After technical and artistic ability surely the most important aspect of any wedding photographer must be their like-ability, do you actually like them? The only way you are going to tell this is by good old fashioned face to face contact. Ask them to visit your house or pop into their studio, whatever way get to have a cup of tea and a good chat. You’ll be amazed by how much you’ll find out about them. After all, wedding photography can be a very intimate experience and one that is best enjoyed with someone you both like and trust.