As you have probably already found out, there are a lot of wedding photographers out there. How to pick? Here is our best advice to help you find the best photographer for your event:
Who’s in your local area? Before you fly someone out from London, make sure there isn’t an awesome photographer right in your own backyard.
What is your style? Do you know what type of photography you are looking for? Pinterest is actually pretty handy for this. Go through wedding pictures to get an idea of what you want your photos to feel like.
Check out websites. These days most photographers have a blog on their site, or at least a portfolio of their recent work. Look at their engagement sessions and real weddings (do not get distracted by the adorable baby portraits). Focus beyond the specific poses of the shot. Do you like the “mood” the photographer sets? Does this feel like the style of photography you are looking for?
Set up a meeting. Once you have narrowed in on a couple of potentials, set up meetings. This person will be following you around on a very emotional day. It’s important that you feel comfortable around them. So if you would use the word “creeper” or “ice queen” to describe them, keep moving.
Schedule an engagement session. If you are on the fence about whether or not to use them for your wedding, take them for a test drive with your engagement session. This will give you an idea of what they are like behind the camera and if everybody’s personalities work well together.
Get their feedback. Once you have booked with them, don’t come at them with a list of poses you’ve seen in other real weddings that you like. A couple, sure. But these professionals want to help you make your wedding your own. Instead, tell them what you liked about their previous weddings. For example, don’t say “I like how they are jumping in the air.” Instead, “I love how fun this image feels.” This way, the photographer can have an idea ahead of time about what emotions you want your images to reflect.
Schedule, schedule, schedule. Make sure to plan out family and wedding party photographs, and give the photographer all the schedule information up front. They will need to carefully plan their day in order to get as many shots as possible.
Photographer: K and K Photography