Post # 1
Ok I’m based in the UK so I’m not looking for recommendations, since you guys are all in the States (mainly) however, I am currently trying to select some photographers to contact and potentially meet with but I just don’t know how to start or what to look for.
I want quite creative photos of the day rather than just straightforward posed shots, but I do want one or two posed shots as well for a traditional look. Is it asking too much to want a mix of both? I’m willing to be flexible on price (currently I’m budgeting Â£1000) if I found something that really made me go ‘yes they are the one’ – do you get a feeling of certainty when you visit photographers?
ANY advice or tips would be so grateful right now, this is the most important thing to get right in the wedding and the stress I’m feeling is reflecting that.
Post # 3
We just booked our photographer, and I knew after the first meeting that she would be ours. We had a fantastic connection with her and loved her work, so I honestly couldn’t imagine not having her as the photographer. Then we met with a couple others who absolutely couldn’t come close to measuring up, even though I did like their work.
As for getting the shots you want, tell the photographer! They’ll ask you your style and what you envision for your photos, and be sure to tell them exactly what you want in as much detail as you can.
Post # 4
I would try googling photographers in your area. Maybe also check out Facebook for reccomendations. You could put up a status asking for reccomendations and see what people come up with.
If you are looking at photographers’, I kind of feel like it is looking for wedding dresses. Look at the price first, and don’t fall in love with someone you can’t afford. Coming from the viewpoint of both a bride-to-be and a photographer, I would highly reccommend looking for photogs that your friends or family have used. If you cannot find something in your budget, perhaps look for someone new who is building their portfolio. There are so, so many talented photographers out there, but many do not know how to advertise themselves.
Good luck with everything!!
Post # 5
Weddings are multi-facted events to photograph. There are always going to be a mix of things you need to capture, and all of the professional photographers I’ve ever met (including myself), blend a lot of different styles to document a day. I’m not in the UK and I don’t know any photographers over there to recommend to you unfortunately. We get our clients over a variety of different sources… google searches, referrals from people we know, referrals from other photographers and vendors, review sites, and sometimes even more random ways. If you don’t have anyone to refer you to a photographer, the first thing I’d suggest is just typing in your location and “wedding photographer” or wedding photographers.” You should have plenty to choose from. Try to narrow it down to maybe 2 or 3 potentials, and meet with them.
Budget wise I’m not sure what the norm is for your area, but most full time professionals in the USA range from $2000-5000 to start. I’m not sure I necessarily agree with @JessicaAnn12 though. I don’t think looking at the price list first is necessarily the best advice. Obviously you can afford what you can afford, but often times I think brides get caught up with packages and how much “stuff” they can get for a certain amount. All the stuff in the world won’t matter to you if you don’t like the photos. As someone who made the huge mistake of not making photography a priority at her own wedding, I’d advise to do whatever you can to make sure the photographer you have is the one you want. Looking back there are so many things we spent money on that ultimately didn’t matter that could have gone to photography.