5 Tips for choosing your wedding photographer
It can seem very daunting when you first start looking into finding a photographer. So we spoke to Kirsty Rockett Photography to get some helpful tips for choosing your wedding photographer.
Kirsty is a super fun wedding photographer based in Nottingham that’s happy to travel all over to document people’s big days. She works in a relaxed way to ensure she captures stories as they unfold. Here are her top tips:
Find your style
- There are so many styles available to you. Have a look around and see which one fits you best. Many photographers do wedding fairs and shows. This is a good chance to get a look at their work and to meet them.
- Documentary, Traditional, Lifestyle, Reportage, Photojournalistic, Natural, Fine art, editorial. You have so many options make sure you choose the right one for you. But don’t be put off by the fancy names for all the different styles. Go with what stands out for you.
Do your homework
This leads on from finding your style quite nicely; doing your homework is important, you should:
- Search google for people that do your style of photography. Instagram is also a great place to find inspiration.
- Read reviews, and ask around. Word of mouth is the best recommendation.
- Ask to see a full wedding gallery. Most photographers will have a good selection on their websites or Instagram pages.
- Don’t just go for number one on google, delve a little deeper. There are so many people out there, one will be perfect.
- Most photographers will travel so you aren’t limited by area, but make sure you check this.
Have a chat/book a consultation
- Book a consultation, whether it be in person or by Skype etc
- Ask as many questions as you can think of. There are no silly questions!
- Ask your photographer if they’ve shot at your venue before. Or at a similar venue. If so, ask to see the photos.
- Tell them your plans and how you want the day to play out. A good photographer will work with you and adapt to what you want.
Go with your gut
- I recommend talking to three or four different photographers before you make your choice.
- Trust your gut. If you feel like you’re just not clicking with the photographer you’re speaking to it’s, probably best they don’t shoot your day.
- You’ll be spending more time with your photographer on your wedding day than anyone else so It’s important you get on. Don’t feel pressured into booking someone just to get it done or because of budget.
Get everything in writing.
Once you’ve made your choice and you’re ready to pay your booking fee, make sure you:
- Get a contract. This may sound silly but read it before you sign it! check the small print to make sure there are no hidden costs. And ask about anything you’re not sure about.
- Make sure they’re fully insured.
- Make sure they have a back up in case anything goes wrong. And discuss a ‘plan B’ for weather issues.
I hope this helps you find the perfect photographer for your big day!