Your wedding photographer is an absolutely integral part of your big day. There to capture all the important moments and candid shots, it’s so important that you choose a photographer whose work you love and whose style will fit with your vision of your wedding day. When it comes to wedding photography tips, we know just what you need, so we spoke to wedding photographer Amanda from Amanda Karen Photography to find out more. Here are the ten must-ask questions for your wedding photographer:
1. Are you available?
“This is a really important question to ask a photographer and it should be one of the very first things that you ask,” says Amanda. “Imagine that you’ve researched your photographer online, you’ve been secretly checking out their social feeds for weeks and you’ve totally fallen in love with their work. Then, you find out that they’re already booked on your wedding date and you have to start the process all over again. It’s heart-breaking. Instead, get in touch with your shortlist and check their availability early on in the process before you do more research.”
2. Exactly what’s included in your packages?
“It’s likely that you’ll be looking at a few photographers on your shortlist, so you need to be sure exactly what’s included in each photographer’s packages so that you can accurately compare prices and services. A photographer that might look cheaper than the others might not offer the same number of edited images or a similar number of hours coverage on the day so be sure what you’re getting for your money.
3. Are there any extra costs I need to know about?
“Extra costs can sometimes add significant amounts to a package price that initially looks super competitive. Your photographer might charge mileage, travel and accommodation for example or they might request food and drink on the day too. It’s important to ask so you have all the information to hand when you make your decision.”
4. Do you know my venue?
“Photographers love visiting venues that they’ve never worked at before so don’t worry if your photographer is new to your venue,” says Amanda. “However, it might be that you want to arrange a pre-wedding meeting at your venue to show them around so that they can ‘scout’ your venue before the big day.”
5. How do I look good in my photos?
“My best advice here is always to relax and this is much easier when you’re really comfortable with your photographer. Really, don’t worry about this – it’s our job to make sure that we find the flattering angles and the best light. Don’t worry about how to stand or when to smile, just do what comes naturally and leave the rest to your photographer. Awkward posing never looks as good as natural loved-up people!”
6. Do we need an engagement shoot?
“I am a HUGE fan of engagement shoots. Not only do you get gorgeous photos of you both in any setting you like, you also get to spend some time in front of the camera plus you get to know your photographer more too. For me, seeing how couples interact with each other before the big day is an enormous bonus and we get to trial lots shots too. In short, an engagement shoot often leads to better wedding photos and, most importantly, a more relaxed couple which is so incredibly important!”
7. Do you take posed group shots?
“Most photographers recognise that couples do want formal photos with family and friends but if you want to avoid this taking ages or lots of images with the same background, speak to your photographer in advance so they can offer you the best wedding photography ideas for your group shots. Ask to see some examples of group shots so that you can work out what styles you like best and think really carefully about how many of these images you want to take on the day.”
8. Can you work to our list of photos that we want?
“Hopefully, you’ll be working with a photographer that you really trust and whose work you love so giving them lists of photos that they have to take shouldn’t really be necessary. We’ll naturally capture shots of all the details of the day, the groom before the ceremony, the bride getting ready etc. so don’t worry about reminding us – just concentrate on having a great time. That said, if there are unusual shots that you want, do let us know. For example, if you want a photo with a specific friend who has flown halfway around the world to be with you, let your photographer know as they might not naturally capture this without prior info.”
9. Should we have a ‘first look’ on our wedding day?
“I think first looks are absolutely awesome and, in my opinion, they’re definitely something to consider,” says Amanda. “It’s a beautiful moment and as it’s private, it’s not rushed in anyway. Remember that from the minute your step in your ceremony, you’re ‘public property’ and you might not get much time together. Including a first look in your plans not only guarantees you time alone but you’ll also get amazing, emotional and totally incomparable images.”
10. What happens next?
“This is definitely the question to ask if you want to book your photographer! You need to know what happens next in terms of deposits, contracts, terms and conditions plus meetings and engagement shoots. This is potentially the most exciting question to ask because it means you’ve found your wedding photographer!”
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Images courtesy of Amanda Karen Photography