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1. Editing Style
Whilst doing your research and looking at styles of photography that you think suit you, you will be drawn to particular styles and colours that you are drawn to – this is going to be the photographers editing style. Photographers tend to favour certain styles of editing that also tends to follow across their portfolios. You’ll notice the photographers who favour dark, moody tones tend to stick to those, the ones that tend to favour highlighted, airy photos tend to stick to that ( although challenging in the dark!) and the ones who tend to favour strong, bold colours full of vibrance tend to stick to this also. My preference as a cotswolds wedding photographer is to keep the colours and vibrance as you’ll see from my portfolio but this is a personal choice to me and of course, every person has their own preference. Think which style it is you favour?
A word to the wise – have some kind of physical contact with your wedding photographer prior to your wedding. Ideally you would have had a zoom call or a at least a telephone call before booking in your photographer. You will know within 60 seconds whether the person on the other end is someone you wish to take that journey on as you walk down the aisle. You cannot get a true reflection of someones personality through text messaging or emails. Speak to your prospective wedding photographer – the conversation with them should feel natural and more like a chat with an old friend. If it feels awkward or strained, this could be a sign that it might be an idea to continue your search. I do have an about me page to give you a very brief insight in to me as a photographer and as a person, but it’s always best to have physical interaction.
3. Contract/ Insurance
Do you have questions? Is your choice of photographer happy to answer anything you may want to ask? One step further – does your photographer have a copy of their full quote, contract and even insurance details at the point of booking? If your photographer has a plan for even the worst case scenario they shouldn’t be afraid to share the details with you. Personally, I let all my clients review a contract and openly welcome questions in advance of taking their payment and cementing their booking. It’s important to feel comfortable and know what you’re paying for, and I feel it should be as transparent as possible.
Wedding days are not for practise, they are the real deal! It is not the time to hire someone new in to business that promises you the earth for £500! I get it, at the start, a photographer might feel they need to go cheap in order to build up a portfolio; it does make sense. However, they are going to quickly learn that no two weddings are the same and sometimes don’t go to plan. It’s in these scenarios you need to have someone with the skills, knowledge and ability to think fast, move fast and react in a cool, calm and collected way – this is the experience factor. Experience is priceless. This is your wedding day and you want to make sure you have someone behind the scenes, who you can have faith and trust in knowing they are immortalising your memories.
” Pedge, why does any of the other our points matter if I can’t afford them?” It’s a fair question. However, once your wedding day is over, once all your family and friends have gone home and once you are left with just your memories and thoughts, it’s going to be your wedding photos that matter! My goal and the purpose of starting out as a wedding photographer was to capture all the special emotion, moments and candid documentation of your wedding as it happened, all in high quality, creative imagery. I want all my couples/clients to absolutely have the best, most amazing wedding photos to relieve their day. Whilst I appreciate everyone has a budget, is a wedding cake or personalised dressing robes more important than your wedding gallery full of memories? Only you know the answer to this question! Most photographers (me included) offer hassle free, payment options. I would never expect you to pay the whole amount in one go. For more information about prices, you can click here or arrange to contact me for a call.
About the Author
A cotswolds wedding photographer based in Cheltenham, I am experienced with the location itself as well as a good few years now of being a wedding photographer. It’s something I am deeply passionate about and I love my job and meeting new people. If you are looking for a wedding photographer to capture your day, I’d love to talk further with you.