Before I dive straight in to today’s feature, a quick recap:
And today, well today it’s the turn of the photographers and all things photography, so let me introduce my panel of pros:
And the ESSENTIAL photography/wedding planning questions:
At what stage of the planning process should you book your wedding photographer
Rebecca Goddard Photography says: I strongly advise booking your wedding photographer fairly early on in the planning process. Once you’ve secured your venue and a date, then it’s advisable to book your key suppliers, which of course includes your photographer.
Popular photographers can get booked up to 18 months to two years in advance, especially between April – October. So, take your time, do your research early on and once you’ve found a style that you like and have exchanged emails/Skype calls to see if you feel comfortable with your choice, book them! As a guide I can only take about 5% of my enquiries as I limit the number of weddings I take each year.
Top tips on choosing a wedding photographer, including questions to ask
Anneli Marinovich says: First of all, make sure you actually get on with them! Have a Skype chat/meet in person so that you can get a feel for each other – you’ll be spending a whole day with this person so it’s essential that you like their company and will therefore enjoy having them around.
Also ask to see a couple of full wedding galleries before you book them, so you can see how they capture a wedding day, from start to finish. Good wedding photographers need to be able to work in many different lighting situations (as well as seasons, weather scenarios etc.), so seeing how they capture pretty portraits at sunset, is just as important as seeing how they capture your first dance.
Finally, follow/stalk them on social media! Very often their latest work will be shared there, as well as behind the scenes content (IG stories). It’s a great way to get an insight into how they work and what makes them tick.
Photography budgets – how much?
Lucy Davenport Photography says: Question… how important is photography to you? There’s a vast choice of photographers out there, both varying in style and budget. As a starting point, look at photographers whose work you’re attracted to, without looking at their pricing. This will give you an unbiased view of their work.
*This pricing is just a guide and hours/products delivered will vary.
It sounds cliché, but photography is going to be your lasting memory from your big day, so my advice is to invest. (A Kat side-note, if you need to cut your budget, then this is one area I wouldn’t advise on cutting – photography is worth every single penny).
Things to communicate with your wedding photographer and by when
Hannah Duffy Photography says: In all honesty you really can’t share too much information with your wedding photographer. Weddings are so fast paced nowadays that most photographers I know would rather have too much information than too little. I always love getting an email update from a bride, whether it’s an iPhone selfie of her trying on her wedding dress or a Skype chat updating me with details about her wedding day.
There are however a few bits of information that you need to communicate with your photographer, some of which are nice to knows, others are essential…
What made you decide to reach out to that particular photographer? When you first get in touch, let them know what drew you to their work. This helps to open a dialogue about your preferences, and also about your day as a whole. Photographers will want to tailor their coverage to suit you, your tastes and your requirements, so the sooner this conversation gets started, the sooner your photographer can start to think about how they’re going to approach your day.
Do you have any photography/photographer worries or concerns? I recently had a bride who was a guest at another wedding and had seen a photographer lie down in the aisle during the bridal procession. She was therefore (understandably) concerned that this might be common practice! If you have any concerns, then you should absolutely raise them as soon as possible to ensure that the photographer’s approach to coverage is in line with your expectations.
Is there anything that your photographer should consider or be aware of when meeting (and directing) your family, wedding party and friends for photographs? This is essential and something that should be communicated well before the big day. Perhaps your parents are divorced and don’t get on or maybe it’s really important that you get an informal photograph of you, with all of your cousins, for your Grandmother. Let your photographer know before the wedding so that everything goes swimmingly on the day itself.
Make sure that you send your final schedule to your photographer at least a month before the day so that they’re aware of everything that’s going to happen and when. Some photographers will also appreciate a draft version early on in the planning process so that they can let you know if there are any photographic red flags such as there not being enough time to get wedding party portraits or if you haven’t left enough time for your couple’s portraits at sunset. If photography is important to you, reach out to your photographer early on, as you begin to formulate your schedule, and ask for their input.
Last but not least, if you have anything out of the ordinary planned for your day, be sure to communicate this to your photographer so that they can be prepared with the right equipment at the right time. Past examples from weddings that I’ve photographed include the groom whisking his bride away in a helicopter after the ceremony, a groom serenading his bride during the wedding breakfast and a bride surprising her groom with live music from a famous band. If your photographer doesn’t know in advance, chances are the photographs aren’t going to be as good as they could have been.
5 top wedding photography tips
Rebecca Goddard Photography says:
And there we have it… another guide (in the planning series) done, with even more tips and planning advice to come in 2020 – for now the series will be on a mini-break BUT watch this space for the annual Coco & Kat trend report!
Finally, before I bid you adieu, if you’re in the process of looking for a wedding photographer then do head on over and check out Rebecca Goddard Photography, Hannah Duffy Photography, Anneli Marinovich and Lucy Davenport Photography, including their Instagram feeds = an abundance of inspirational pretty and an homage to love.
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