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What Makes a Good Wedding Photographer?

Choosing a wedding photographer in London is one of the most important decisions you are going to make regarding your wedding day. Think about it, the cake will be eaten, the confetti swept up, the dress may fade and perhaps your memory a little too, but the wedding photographs are there forever. These will most likely be the single most important pictures you will ever have taken.

So how do you choose the right London wedding photographer for your big day?   We spoke to an experienced London based wedding photographer with a keen eye for a good photograph and has a full membership with The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. He is also affiliated with The Royal Photographic society making him a good choice for your wedding photographer if his order book isn’t already full on your wedding day. 

“Well, obviously the technical aspects of using a camera have to be there.   Also you need somebody who has invested in the right equipment. You can’t make a bad picture good by spending on lighting, tripods and lenses but you can make a great picture even better with the right tools. After all, your wedding pictures are a record of your marriage and have to be perfect.   What is harder to get a feel for is the photographers eye for taking a picture – what do I mean by that?   Well, you need someone who can skilfully master light and composition in your wedding photos.  

They need an eye for detail and need to be able to break down a visual scene into the right photographic elements.   Someone with a bit of flair, panache and creativity rather than just pointing and clicking the camera to make sure they get all of the guests in.   I think this is important and some good wedding photographers do get this for their clients but in a way that intrudes on the atmosphere. A good wedding photographer should blend in to the crowd, almost as if he were one of the guests at the Church along with everyone else.    I try very hard for my brides and grooms to offer them a service that truly delivers.   Being a Londoner myself I know the area and the culture.  I don’t travel in from outside the M25 like a lot of wedding photographers and I think that’s important.

I speak to all of them to find out what style they would like and manage their expectations around any issues I can see. I also go over the finer details and timings of the wedding day to ensure I can take the pictures they would like whatever the weather conditions.   I would recommend you choose a wedding photographer with a good portfolio of work they can show you so you know what you can expect. I also have extensive wedding pictures in albums I can show to prospective clients.    Many of these will include areas of London the couple are from so it’s nice for them to be able to picture it.

When looking at their work you need to ask yourself, can this photographer create moments of fun and lightness and then capture them with a camera. It’s worth remembering that great photographic moments rarely happen by themselves. These snapshots of time are created and crafted by wedding photographers. When assessing wedding pictures you should look especially at the facial expressions in the group shots. These emotions are a direct indication of the ambiance created by the photographer at that time.   Look at their photos and then ask yourself: Do you feel that you were there? Were you emotionally moved by the pictures? Before you pay a deposit, make sure you meet up with the photographer in order that you see their work in the flesh. Was the presentation and print quality to the standard that you are happy with?  

Always ask how much the job will be – and make sure there are no hidden extras.  Also ask how long you can expect to wait for your pictures.   Six weeks is a reasonable time, 8 is just about okay but it shouldn’t take anything more than that.

Professional Wedding Photographers – Advice on Choosing

Let’s face it getting married is one of the biggest and hopefully happiest days of your life. To guarantee that all goes according to plan, you want reliable professionals. Most of these wedding business exist to make sure the day itself goes well. The wedding photography, on the other hand, takes on a greater meaning in the days, weeks, month and even years that follow. It is important that your photographer is able to capture all that love and laughter and enable those happy memories to come flooding back with every turn of your wedding album page. So what are the advantages of hiring true professional wedding photographers for your marriage service and how do you tell them from the rest of the pack?

Reliability. True professional wedding photographers will have spent many years building up their reputation. Do you think they would let all that labour go to waste by being unreliable? Of course not. For a wedding photographer their number one priority should be to ensure they arrive on time. Having a fully documented “system” helps ensure that timings are known, and all photographic systems double checked. Once your memories have been captured they should be safely stored on different media, in different locations. Before booking ask your photographer when was their first wedding? How many have they photographed since then? What plans do they have in place in case of illness or transport breakdown? Finally, what do they do to ensure the safety of your images once they have been taken?

Quality. If you do something often enough, whatever that is, you should improve, makes sense, doesn’t it? But years of experience give couples like you more benefit than just better looking photographs. One benefit to you should be in the quality of wedding albums offered. The album considered by Wedding Photographers to be the best in the World is the story book album. This Album is usually hand made by craftsmen. So, before booking, be sure to ask if your photographer is a member of a professional body. In the UK this can be the M.P.A, the B.I.P.P or the S.W.P.P. Ask to see some testimonials, thank you cards or reviews on line. Ask how many years they have been using their albums for and why did they choose that particular manufacturer.

Organisation. Imagine having the best photographer in the world at your wedding. Now imagine that they have no rapport with you or your guests, so how are they going to get your guests in position for that photograph? For this reason one of the most important skills your professional wedding photographers must have is the ability to organisation. And the organisation of your guests has to be done in a respectful manner, rather than barking out orders! Being organised and efficient goes hand in hand, after all you don’t want to spend all day, away from your guests. And you certainly don’t want guests complaining about the amount of time the photographs took. Before booking did your photographer ascertain who at the wedding were the important people? Did they sort out a list of the photographs you want? Did they offer advice on how long the process would take?

Friendly. Sounds obvious, sadly, even some professional wedding photographers fail at this challenge. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is far easier to get your guests correctly positioned by asking them nicely, rather than ordering them around. Getting to know the whole bridal party and both families makes it a lot easier to get natural photographs. Who wants to be told to smile all day?! A laugh and a joke, a funny story and people smile naturally. Quite often I am asked which side does the Grooms button hole go. It’s not about being the photographer, it’s about being the go to wedding guy (or girl). Please do make sure, no matter how brilliant or how cheap your photographer is, that then have a personality that is easy to get along with.

Flexible. This indicates your photographers philosophy. Some photographers say these are my packages, pick one. Some say you can’t have a printable DVD. Some say, of course you cannot have photographs taken by your guests in my wedding album! And that hits the nail right on the head. They think it is their wedding album. A great wedding photography company should switch that around, it is your wedding and certainly your wedding album! Yes, packages should be available, but they should be more a la carte rather than fixed menu. Meaning you can swap parts around so that you get the exact service you want. Whilst you may not need this much flexibility, do make sure that your photographer is flexible enough to offer EVERYTHING you want.

Guarantee. Look for photographers that have been in business for a good number of years. Ten years of actually taking wedding photographs, easily beats 3 years doing a degree at University! Photographers with years of experience should be able to guarantee you reliability and quality. Your guarantees should even include things like turning up smartly dressed! Another important one is that your proof photographs will be ready to view in days not weeks or months!. Make sure that you have in writing, everything that you have agreed to.

Tips for Getting the Best Wedding Photographs

Wedding photos are a permanent memory of that one special day in any couple’s lives. A huge part of the wedding budget is always reserved for the photography and the couples expect nothing but the very best shots from their service provider. But in order to get a quality wedding photographer whom you can rely on to capture the most stunning moments during the wedding, there are certain factors you must give a keen consideration to. They are as follows:

Don’t pay too much attention to the price

Other than focusing on the price that the photographer will charge, you need to focus on the package that will be best suited for your kind of wedding. You need to search for the wedding photographers that are able to offer theme based packages which will be suitable for your style, your location as well as other setups during the wedding. You should also incorporate the style of photography to be used as there are very many different styles couples can pick from.

Pick on your preferred hues

Knowing your preferred hues for the photographs will also be essential in getting the best from the photographer. Whether you want black and white hues or you simply want to go with warm tones, you should make it clear to the wedding photographer and ensure that they understand the hues and in case they don’t have them, then you can search for another service provider. If the photographer have this knowledge in advance, they can prepare well and come with the appropriate cameras and lighting equipment to enable them take the kind of shots that you desire.

Get sample poses

It is ideal that you give the wedding photographer your preferred poses that you would like them to capture. This will help a lot in helping them to understand the kind of poses to go for on the wedding such. There are several resources online where you can ideas about some of the best poses that will you can use on your wedding day.

Use a photo booth

It might not be an easy task to get the photographer to take photos of you together with all the guests on the wedding day. This can be a bit tiring and it might compromise on the quality of the shots as it will be done in a hurry. Instead, you can set up a photo booth with some nice backgrounds where the guests can take a few photos which they will use to remember your wedding.