“My friend has said they’ll do it as a gift…” Words Im beginning to hear more often when it comes to wedding photography bookings.
I’m five years in to my wedding photography business journey and wow!, I am still learning so much every single time I pick up my camera, and every single wedding I photograph I come away feeling more confident compared to the one I photographed before.
Someone offering to photograph your wedding for you as a gift is a fantastic thing to offer, but wedding photography takes so much more than picking up a camera and clicking way. This is the one chance you’ll get to have your wedding photographed, and something else I’ve also heard a few times recently is “I wish you were a wedding photographer when I got married”, which as much of a confidence booster that is to hear, I can’t help but feel a little sad for the couple who have said that to me.
I say this next line because I’m truly passionate, please please please don’t ‘skimp out’ on your wedding photographer. Your wedding photographer is one of the biggest parts of your day, and as I say, it’s the one and only chance you have to photograph your wedding day, and your wedding photographer is there to capture all the precious memories throughout day for you! The memories you’ll look back on in years to come, to show your children and your family and friends. The teeny tiny details of the day probably won’t be remembered in years to come, but you will have your wedding photographs and wedding album for the rest of your life to keep those memories alive with you.
Do your research into wedding photographers;
- listen to recommendations from friends or family, but also do your own research as well – what works for one may not work for you
- research their reviews online
- have a look at portfolios (I mean full wedding albums, not just their best selection of photos)
- check they offer a contract (this protects both you and the photographer)
- Check they have insurance (this should be a given)
- Maybe the biggest one of all – go and meet them before signing or committing to anything – you need to make sure you get on as they will be with you for most of your day!
There are also so many different styles of photography and editing as well, so if you have an idea in your head of what you would like, not every photographer will be able to create that idea for you. For example, my typical style of wedding photography is vibrant and arty with a touch of romance and fun, not everyone can recreate the photographs that I can create, and I can’t recreate every editing style, so this is important to look out for.
Yes, professional photographers charge a fair amount for wedding photography to cover the wedding day and also all the editing and preparations before and after the wedding itself. In most cases this is their full time, ‘mortgage paying’ job, so think about what they’re charging for their wedding package; does this price cover them for a week’s work, full time hours on at least minimum wage? On top of that, professional wedding photographers also invest in equipment, insurance, training, research, products, stationery, to name a few, so we can give you the best possible service and experience, which is why we charge a little more, and which is why I encourage you to do your research.