Believe it or not, choosing a wedding photographer will be one of the most important decisions you have to make regarding your big day. Think about how much time and money planning your wedding. It makes sense that you’ll want to have the memories captured by a quality professional who knows exactly the right moments to photograph. If you want to look back at amazing photos that you can cherish forever, you need to go with the best wedding photographer you can find.
However, choosing the perfect wedding photographer has been tricky for a lot of couples over the years. For a start, the best wedding photographers can be booked up for more than a year in advance, so it’s best to get one reserved as soon as possible instead of leaving it to the last minute. A lot of couples also choose to go with the first (and often cheapest) wedding photographer they can find, which is a huge mistake. You have to research your photographer beforehand, ensuring you’re happy with the style and quality of their work so that you know what you expect from your own wedding photos. Plus, when you’ve spent so much on a wedding, why would you want to start skimping on the photos? In the majority of cases you get what you pay for, which means bargain wedding photographers are likely to leave you feeling frustrated at what you’re left with.
Your wedding should be the best day of your life, a momentous occasion for family and friends to get together and celebrate a real commitment. You don’t want your wedding photos to be a constant reminder of what might have been, so take the time to research a photographer well in advance. Here are some great tips for choosing the best wedding photographer.
Never go for the cheapest option
Wedding photographers are highly trained and very experienced, which means they can charge a fair amount for their services. The best photographers also come with all the latest technology and equipment, with superb high definition cameras that will capture crystal clear, tack sharp images for you. It might be tempting to turn to the cheapest option in an attempt to keep well within your wedding budget, but it’s strongly advised that you avoid doing so. Obviously you don’t want to spend a fortune, but if you don’t want budget photos, don’t go for a budget photographer.
Ask about their experience
When you meet your wedding photographer you should sit down and have a chat with them about their experience. What venues have they worked at before, and what kind of weddings have they been involved with? Do they know the difference between a traditional British wedding and a traditional Indian wedding? Experience is vital and photographers who have been involved in large amounts of weddings usually have enough knowledge to know what pictures to take and when to take them. It’s also handy if the photographer has shot at the venue you’re going to be getting married at, although this shouldn’t be a deciding factor as most photographers are skilled across all kinds of environments.
Have an engagement photographic session beforehand
Deciding on your wedding photographer is tough, but when you do decide the right one for you then you should think about having an engagement photographic session before the big day. This will give you and your partner the chance to get to know the photographer better, and this way you’ll feel much more relaxed at the wedding. However it’s important not to treat this as a wedding rehearsal, as an engagement is going to be a very different occasion compared to your wedding.
Discuss your expectations
Upon meeting your wedding photographer you should discuss exactly what you want and need from them. Small details might be important to you, such as table plans or flower arrangements, and you could want them to take images of these rather than just focusing on family and guests, so make sure you let them know. The best photographers will be able to incorporate all of your requests with little fuss; after all it’s their job to give you the images you want to see.
Don’t be scared of asking questions
The relationship between photographer and couple should be as relaxed and friendly as possible, so there’s no harm in asking any questions whenever you feel like it. If you’ve booked a beautiful outside venue that will provide amazing photos in a garden, it makes sense to want to know where the photos could be taken if it happens to rain. Ask if they have any suggestions or ideas about alternative photo spots should the worst happen. If they don’t have a contingency plan then they might not be the right photographer for you.
Make the final decision with your partner
At the end of the day, choosing a wedding photographer should be a joint decision made by the couple who are getting married. Even if you love the photographer and their work, if your fiancé is unconvinced then it might be best to keep looking. You both need to be happy with the decision, so take the time to sit down and discuss all of the options with your partner.
Getting everything together for your wedding is a lengthy process but all the effort will be worth it in the end. When it’s all said and done you’ll have gorgeous wedding photos to mark your big day, and you’ll be proud to show them off forever. Mohsin Ali Photography provides beautiful photos for you and your partner to cherish for a lifetime, so get in touch with a member of our dedicated team today.