Choosing A Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography Yorkshire

Choosing A Wedding Photographer

How do you know the difference between a true professional photographer with training and experience, and a keen amateur who has a camera and a website, but little or no knowledge ?

The following guide has been designed to ensure you take the best possible steps towards finding the right photographer to suit your needs.

Introduction

Congratulations on your engagement, the planning begins here!

Learning what the differences are between an amateur photographer, and a fully qualified professional, is essential when you begin your search for a photographer who you’d like to shoot you’re wedding.

This guide has been written to provide you with information so that when you do start your search for a photographer, you know what to look for, what to steer away from and most importantly, what questions to ask.

A wedding can take months if not years to organise but there is only one chance to capture the images which you will treasure forever. Making sure you choose a qualified professional can ensure your images reflect the magic of the day.

What is the BIPP?

The photographic industry is unregulated – photographers
 don’t have to be a member of BIPP in order to call themselves a professional, but qualified BIPP photographers have had their work professionally benchmarked and assessed.

First Steps

Before you begin your search for a photographer, make sure you are clear about what you are looking for and what you want. The clearer your brief, understanding and wishes, the easier your search will be.

Things to Consider

•    Do you have an exact date, time and venue?
 Two of the first questions a photographer will ask is where and when?

•    What is your end goal? 
Have you set your heart on a bespoke wedding album,
a CD/USB of the images or both?  Would you prefer to pay for the photographer’s time (attendance fee) and then pay for the images afterwards ?

•    What is a realistic budget?
  You may not want to spend thousands, but you do need to be clear about what you’re buying — the work of a true professional photographer goes well beyond taking a few photos on the day! Investing in a qualified photographer will give you lasting images you can treasure forever. 
Remember, once the flowers fade and the cake has been eaten, you should be able to look through your images and remember your day.

Pro Vs Amateur

In the last few years the photographic profession has witnessed an explosion of amateur photographers charging for their services in their spare time.

You need to decide if you can trust an amateur to produce your images and what will happen if something goes wrong.

What to look for with amateur photographers:

•    Can they work in difficult situations?

•    Is their equipment of a professional standard?

•    Have they got previous experience at the venue?

•    Have you seen any of their past work?

•    How are the images presented? 
Professional photographers who are qualified through BIPP are:

•    Experienced and know how to handle challenging circumstances.

•    Bound by a code of professional conduct.

•    Professionally insured.

•    Assessed against strict criteria of professional competency, creativity, composition , etc.

•    Entitled to have the letters after their names.

•       Copyright Information

•       Understanding the basics of copyright can help you discuss what you want and need from your photographer.

•       Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988

•       Usually the copyright of a photograph belongs to the person who took it. Copyright lasts for 70 years after the author dies and offers protection against unauthorised reproduction of the photographs and entitles the owner to economic bene t from it.

•       In practice, this means that clients may only use photographs taken by a professional photographer in ways that have been agreed at the time they were commissioned.

•       Not all photographers will agree to let you have digital files of you’re wedding images, as it would be difficult for them to retain quality control of the images once you release them to friends/family , etc. This would be something that you would have to discuss with your photographer and make sure that both of you are happy with the contractual agreement.

•       If, after you’re wedding, you decide you would like to use further images, permission must be sought from the copyright holder and an additional fee agreed.

•       So, if you decide you would like to have digital files, the photographer may not agree to do this. This is why it‘s especially important to make sure all of your requirements are made known prior to signing a contract.

Products & Services

The services offered by professional photographers will vary enormously. Some will charge by the hour, others by the day. Some will include images on a disc, some won’t. This all comes down to what you want. By all means listen to the options, but be clear about what fits with you, your event and your timetable.

Make sure you:

•    Meet the photographer before committing.

•    Are sure that they’re able to provide the professional service you’re looking for.

•    Ask to see sample images or albums of past or similar work.

•    Like the style of the photographer’s work.

•    Never make a decision without visiting the photographers at their work place beforehand. 
Insurance, 
When they qualify, all BIPP Qualified photographers have professionally insured. This insurance covers them should something go wrong with their equipment or should the images be lost. Ask your photographer if they hold Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.

What to look for

Just because you’re not a professional photographer, that doesn’t stop you from knowing what to look for. Here are some key points that will help reassure you when deciding on which photographer to book:

•    Look through the display albums — check that the images in an album are all from the same wedding — this is a good indicator of consistent quality.

•    Check the print quality — most brides wear a pale ivory or white dress. Look for detail in the lace or embroidery — close ups and portraits of the bride should show detail. Check that the flowers are the same colour throughout the album.

•    Post production — this should be to a professional standard and consistent throughout all of the images. Excessive use can lead to inconsistencies in colour, detail, lighting, sharpness , etc.

•    Ask how the images are produced — are they done in-house; how long will the colours stay true, and not fade; does the photographer use a professional lab; are they proficient in printing; do they understand quality control? 
You need to be confident that you’re getting the service you’ve paid for, so asking these questions will not only reassure you, but they’ll ensure you receive the quality and customer service you deserve.

•       How much should I spend?

•       This is one of the most common questions couples ask when thinking about booking a wedding photographer. The simple answer is — it’s your choice!

•       It is your decision what value you place on you’re wedding photography. A photographer’s fees may vary, so it is important to be 100% sure about your budget when you are ready to book.

•       Speak to the photographer about what they are able to provide 
for your budget. Think about what you would prefer. A large number of unedited digital files or a selection of images presented in a professionally designed album. Perhaps you would like a combination of both? If a wedding ‘package’ doesn’t suit you,

•       ask the photographer if they can provide what you want.

•       Remember when choosing your photographer, wedding photos will last forever, even beyond your lifetime and may well be the only reminder you and your family have in years to come.

•       The most common regret we hear from brides is that they didn’t use a professional photographer and that, after the wedding, they realised just how important the images are.

Timescales

It can take time for a professional photographer to produce the final images.

In practical terms, there may need to be post production work, followed by printing, album design, layout and ordering of the album (some can take 1-2 months to be made depending on location and delivery).

Some products are a lot easier — digital less could be processed relatively quickly, whereas a bespoke wedding album containing lots of images, may take anywhere between 1 and 2 months to produce.

Speak to your photographer about how they operate, their experience of timescales and most importantly, how and when you get to see your images.

Contracts

Whilst it may seem a bit formal in some instances, we strongly recommend that all professional photographers provide a written contract detailing the services they have agreed to provide.

The contract should include all the details of the event (venue, date etc) as well as the services to be provided.

All fees should be clearly stated on the contract. Booking fees
or deposits should be confirmed, along with when the balance should be paid. Normally a photographer will request full payment approximately 30 days before you’re wedding. Full terms and conditions should be provided by your photographer and should include a cancellation policy.

Always take time to read and understand the terms and conditions before signing. If you have any queries, ask the photographer
to explain them to you and always keep copies of your
signed contract and any communication you have with your photographer.

 

Experience

You can learn everything you think you may need to know about being a wedding photographer by reading a book or taking a course, but knowledge of the potential pitfalls will only come with experience.

Ask your photographer if they have worked at you’re wedding venue before; how many years they have been photographing weddings and how many weddings they have shot. They should be able to cope with whatever happens on the day, like bad weather, late guests, tired children. All this comes with experience.

Testimonials

Pretty much every wedding photographer we know will have testimonials from recent clients. Ask if they have any to hand. Some photographers may make it possible for you to get in contact with their past clients directly for references. Take them up on the o er!

Resolving Issues

Unfortunately, despite the best preparations, sometimes things do go wrong. The important thing is how to remedy a situation quickly, and to the satisfaction of everyone involved. The following points are the steps we recommend you take when working to resolve an issue with your photographer:

•    Speak to the photographer — where possible, try to meet face to face. Most issues can usually be resolved at this stage.

•    Write down your issues — if you’re still unhappy, explain what you’d like to see as an end result and make sure you give the photographer the opportunity to respond to you within a reasonable timescale.

•    If you wish to make a complaint through BIPP – BIPP can only be involved if the photographer who took your photographs is a qualified BIPP photographer. If this is the case, please read through the Complaints Procedure which can be found on our website — www.bipp.com.

•    Other complaints — if the photographer is not a BIPP photographer, you can contact your local Trading Standards or Citizens Advice Bureau who will advise you on the best way forward. 
The most important consideration is always to strive for a solution which is fair to both parties as quickly and as amicably as possible.

Wedding Photography Trends 2017

Wedding Photography Trends 2017

Wedding Photography Trends 2017

More Authentic Pictures

Less people are opting for your classic “posed” pictures. Be it a family photo, wedding, or any other gathering you are having photographed – we are seeing a rising trend of photos taken in the moment. These pictures have more of a realness to them, providing a beautiful memento of any occasion. This trend is also perceived to become popular in other types of photography as well, including advertisements.

Black and White

Black and white used to be preserved solely for artistic shots, rather than mainstream photography. This year we are beginning to see black and white photography move into more of the mainstream, which we believe will continue to be on trend throughout next year. Expect to see full black and white photoshoots for family pictures and even weddings.

Flash

We are beginning to see this trend within advertisements as well as photographs from different events (even wedding receptions). Flash photography with even some hard shadows is becoming a popular way of photographing late night events, giving them a bit of an edge. Some photographers are beginning to experiment with their flash and multiple light sources. There is no harm in experimenting!

 

Why is booking a wedding photographer so daunting

Why is booking a wedding photographer so daunting

Why is booking a wedding photographer so daunting

There are so many photographers around even talented friends and family that  you’d think finding your wedding photographer would be easy.  With a few simple ground rules, you’ll find that narrowing down that list gets a lot easier.

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) is the leading qualifying and governing photographic
body in the UK.  They are a not-for-profit organisation that believes education, qualifications and professional development lead to professional photographers.  BIPP qualifications are recognised across the world as a
benchmark of excellence and members of BIPP are bound by a strict code of conduct. The BIPP has a network of over 3,500 photographers around the world and we know what makes a good photographer.

Points to consider:

  • Think carefully before entrusting your photos to a friend or family member. What happens if something goes wrong?   Will it destroy the friendship, or would you be able to forgive them?
  • Recommendation is the best starting point. Can any friends or family recommend their photographer?
  • Is the photographer professionally qualified? Look for the letters BA, BIPP after the photographer’s name.  This reflects a professional level of experience, skill and achievement.
  • What style of photographs are you looking for?  For example, would you prefer a more relaxed reportage style or a more formal approach or a mixture?  Does your photographer understand these styles and your requirements?
  • Meet with the photographer at their studio.  Don’t make any decision at your first meeting with a photographer.  Avoid hard sell tactics!
  • Do you like the photographer’s work?
  • Do you like the photographer?  They will be sharing one of the most important days of your life and you’ll naturally respond better to someone you like.
  • Does the photographer have Professional Indemnity insurance cover?
  • Does the photographer have professional cameras, lenses and lights and contingency plans?

Once you’ve chosen your photographer:

  • Take time to discuss your requirements.  Ensure you receive written terms and conditions of business before parting with any money.  Ask the photographer if any cancellation charges apply.
  • Consider having a pre-wedding meeting.  This gives you and your photographer a chance to get to know each other even better and you will feel more prepared and more at ease with him/her on the big day!
  • Check that the photographer you meet will be the same one who does the work on the day.
  • Discuss what happens after your wedding.  Timescales, presentations etc.
  • Remember – the key to great images is great communication with your photographer before the wedding.

Wedding photographer Yorkshire

Wedding photographer Yorkshire.

Wedding photographer Yorkshire.

Wedding photography Yorkshire. We are award-winning wedding photographers with packages from just £699

Professional Wedding Photographer based in North Leeds.
For Informal and Relaxed Wedding Photography of you’re Wedding in Yorkshire.

All at affordable prices.

Wedding photographer York

Wedding photographer York, North Yorkshire

Wedding photographer York, North Yorkshire.

Wedding photography York. We are award-winning wedding photographers with packages from just £699

As well as using York Register Office, you can hold a civil marriage ceremony in these places in York:

Bedern Hall
Bell Hall
Grand Hotel & Spa
Churchill Hotel
Grange Hotel
Grays Court
Hilton York
Hotel Du Vin
Hospitium
Kings Manor
Mansion House
Marmadukes Hotel
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
Merchant Taylors Hall
Mercure York Fairfield Manor
Middlethorpe Hall
Middletons Hotel
Monkbar Hotel
National Railway Museum
Park Inn by Radisson
The Principal York
Thirteen Thirty One
Villa Farm
York Castle Museum
York Marriott Hotel
York Maze
York Pavilion Hotel
York Racecourse

Wedding photographer Harrogate

Wedding photographer Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Wedding photographer Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Wedding photography Harrogate. We are award-winning wedding photographers with packages from just £399

Wedding Venues in and around Harrogate

Hotel Du Vin
Harrogate
You will have an experienced Events organiser to help you prepare, and ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.

The Majestic Hotel Harrogate
Harrogate
A Victorian landmark, the 4 star Majestic Hotel Harrogate is the perfect location for holidays and breaks in Harrogate and North Yorkshire. The hotel is situated the heart of the spa town of Harrogate, adjacent to the Harrogate International Centre.

Rudding Park Hotel
Harrogate
Award winning Rudding Park, Harrogate combines everything for a successful corporate event and is minutes from the motorway network.
Swinton Park
Masham
Swinton Park, Ripon, surrounded by 200 acres of parkland in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, this secluded, luxury hotel wedding venue and grounds enjoy a spectacular setting.

Pavilions Of Harrogate
Harrogate
Located in the heart of the historic Great Yorkshire Showground amidst the glorious Yorkshire countryside, Pavilions of Harrogate is the ideal setting for a varied mix of events.

Old Swan Hotel For Weddings And Conferences
Harrogate

The Old Swan is one of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, Yorkshire, with a history going back nearly 200 years. Surrounded by picturesque lawns and gardens, and just a short walk from the town centre and the Harrogate International Centre.

Yorkshire Event Centre
Harrogate

Sun Pavilion
Harrogate
Resplendent in its Art Deco architecture and set against the heavenly backdrop of Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, the Sun Pavilion is a fairy-tale venue for your Wedding Ceremony and Reception.

Wedding photographer Leeds

Wedding photographer Leeds, West Yorkshire

Wedding photographer Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Wedding photography Leeds. We are award-winning wedding photographers with packages from just £399

Licensed venues in Leeds for marriages & civil partnerships

Aagrah Restaurant and Mid-point suite, The Aagrah Building, Thornbury, Bradford, BD3 7AY

www.aagrah.com

Tel: 01274 5030880

Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, LS1 2JP

www.aspire-leeds.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2368368

Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham, Wetherby, LS23 6AP

www.bowcliffehall.co.uk

Tel: 01937 541111

Britannia Leeds Bradford Airport Hotel, Leeds Road, Bramhope, LS16 9JJ

www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/leeds-bradford

Tel: 0113 2843966

Britannia Leeds North Hotel, Mill Green View, Ring Road, Leeds, LS14 5QG

www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/leeds-north

Tel: 0113 2732323

Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Castle Grove Drive, Headingley, LS6 4BP Tel: 0113 2752526

Centenary Pavilion, Lowfield Road, Beeston, LS11 0ES

www.leedsunitedvenue.com

Tel: 0871 3341919

Chequers Inn, Claypit Lane, Ledsham, LS25 5LP

www.thechequersinn.com

Tel: 01977 683135

City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW Tel: 0113 3917777

Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR Contact the Lord Mayor’s Office Tel: 0113 2474194

Claret Jug, Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Rothwell, LS26 8NH

www.devere.co.uk/our-locations/oulton-hall

Tel: 0113 2821000

Clayton Hotel Leeds, City Walk, Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 9AT

www.claytonhotelleeds.com

Tel: 0113 234 2340

Chevin Country Park Hotel, Yorkgate, Otley, LS21 3NU

www.chevinlodge.co.uk

Tel: 01943 467818

Chilli Barn, East Chevin Road, Otley, LS21 3DD

www.thecheerfulchilli.co.uk

Tel: 01943 466567

Cornmill Lodge Hotel, Pudsey Road, Bramley, LS13 4JA

www.cornmilllodgehotel.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2579059
Licensed venues in Leeds
for marriages & civil partnerships

Doubletree by Hilton, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, LS1 4BR

Tel: 0113 2411000

Engine Shed, York Road, Wetherby, LS22 7SU

www.engineshedwetherby.co.uk

Tel: 01937 588884

Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, LS20 9BT

www.guiseleytheatre.org

Tel: 01943 876686

Haley’s Hotel and Restaurant, 8-10 Shire Oak Road, Headingley, LS6 2DF

www.haleys.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2784446

Harewood House, Harrogate Road, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LQ

www.harewood.org/weddings-hospitality

Tel: 0113 2886101 / 2181044

Headingley Experience, The Pavilion, Headingley Stadium, St Michael’s Lane, LS6 3BR

www.headingleyexperience.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2742111

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL

www.crowneplaza.com

Tel: 0113 2616848/6806

Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth, Wakefield Road, Garforth, LS25 1LH

www.hileedsgarforth.com

Tel: 0113 2866556

Leeds Marriott, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, LS1 6ET

www.marriotthotels.com/lbadt

Tel: 0113 2366366

Leeds United Conference and Banqueting Centre, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES Tel: 0113 3671166

Lineham Farm, Swan Lane, Eccup, Leeds, LS16 8AZ

www.linehamfarm.co.uk

0113 3783941

Lotherton Hall, Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB

www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

Tel: 0113 3782959

Malmaison Hotel, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG

http://www.malmaison.com/locations/leeds/

Tel: 0113 3981000

Mecure Leeds Parkway Hotel, Otley Road, LS16 8AG

www.mercureleeds.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2699000

Mecure Wetherby Hotel, Leeds Road, LS22 5HE

www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-8328-mercure-wetherby-hotel/index.shtml

Tel: 0193 7583881
Licensed venues in Leeds
for marriages & civil partnerships

Morley Town Hall, Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 9DY Viewings Tel: 0113 2474919 and bookings Tel: 0113 2243845

New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries Square, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 1NF

www.rai-events.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2201990

Oulton Hall Hotel, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, LS26 8HN

www.devere.co.uk/our-locations/oulton-hall.html

Tel: 0113 2821000

Park Plaza Hotel, City Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 5NS

www.parkplaza.com/leeds-hotel-gb-ls1-5ns/gbleeds/meetings/3

Tel: 0113 3804000

Peasehill House Hotel, 24-26 Harrogate Road, Rawdon, LS9 6HU

www.peasehillhouse.com

Tel: 0113 2503629

Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PL

www.qhotels.co.uk/hotels/the-queens-leeds-yorkshire.aspx

Tel: 0113 2431323

Radisson Blu Hotel, No1. The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL

www.radissonblu.com

Tel: 0113 2366000

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 1LT

www.rai-events.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2201990

Spenfield House, 186 Otley Rd, Leeds, LS16 5PR Tel: 0113 2748888

Temple Newsam House, Templenewsam Road, Halton, Leeds, LS15 0AE

www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsamhouse

Tel: 0113 3367460

The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR

www.leedscornexchange.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2470995

The Courtyard, Harewood House, Harewood, LS17 9LQ

www.harewood.org/weddings-hospitality

Tel: 0113 2181044

The Faversham, 1- 5 Springfield Mount, Leeds, LS2 9NG

www.thefaversham.com

Tel: 0113 2431481

The Limelight, Armley Ridge Road, Armley, LS12 3LE

www.thelimelight.co.uk

Tel: 07989 724796

The Mansion, Mansion Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2HL

www.dineinthemansion.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2691000
Licensed venues in Leeds
for marriages & civil partnerships

The Met, King Street, LS1 2HQ

www.principal-hayley.com/themet

Tel: 0113 2450841

The Stroom Restaurant, Chapeltown, Pudsey, LS28 7RZ

www.thestroom.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2570140

The Village Hotel and Leisure Club , 186 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds

www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/leeds-north/welcome

Tel: 0113 2781000

The Windmill Inn, Main Street, Linton, Wetherby, LS22 4HT

www.thewindmillinnlinton.co.uk

Tel: 01937 582209

The Woodlands, Gelderd Road, Gildersome, LS27 7LY

www.woodlandsleeds.com

Tel: 0113 2381488

Thornfield House, Bruntcliife Road, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0QG

www.thornfieldhouse.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2532023

Thorpe Park Hotel, 1150 Century Way, LS15 8ZB

www.thorpeparkhotel.com

Tel: 0113 2641000

Thwaites Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP Tel:0113 3782983

Village Hotel, Capitol Boulevard, Tingley, Leeds, LS27 0TS

www.village-hotels.co.uk/hotels/leeds-south/welcome

Tel: 0844 9800306

Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Far Headingley, LS16 5PS

www.weetwood.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2306000

Woodkirk Valley Country Club, 1172 Leeds Road, Woodkirk, Dewsbury, WF12 7JR

www.woodkirkvalleycc.co.uk

Tel: 0113 2523139

What to look for in a wedding photographer

What to look for in a wedding photographer

What to look for in a wedding photographer

After the venue and the dress, wedding photos are one of the most important things to get spot-on when planning a wedding. But where to start finding a photographer, and what questions should you be asking?

Here are eight essential things to look for and ask about when choosing a wedding photographer:

A portfolio with images that match the mood you want for your day. To find a photographer who’s the perfect fit for your wedding, take a look in their portfolio. Look for images that match the mood and style that you want for your wedding photos.

Upfront pricing. Make sure you get clear details on all prices involved in your wedding photography package, from the photographer’s time to the cost of the photo album.

Creativity. If you don’t want your wedding photos to look like everyone else’s, choose a photographer with a spark of creativity about them, you will be able to tell this from their portfolio. Don’t go with someone too ‘wacky’ unless that’s what you want, or your photos could quickly turn from unique and interesting to weird and tacky.

Tailored packages. Your ideal wedding photographer will be someone who works alongside you to come up with a photo package that suits your budget and incorporates your ideas. It’s your wedding and photographers don’t come cheap but should not cost the earth, so make sure you have some input so you can get exactly what you want.

Someone you get on well with. This might not sound important, but remember that your wedding photographer is going to be a very involved part of your big day. For this reason, you shouldn’t go with a photographer that you dislike personally, as you’ll only end up associating your wedding photos with this feeling of dislike rather than the happy memories of the big day itself.

Based nearby. It’s not an essential, but it can be very handy to choose a photographer who lives near to your wedding venue. This makes it less likely they’ll be late or get stuck in traffic, and you can also call on them for a last-minute meeting or two at your wedding venue to talk about ideas for shots. So, for weddings in Leeds, for example – you should start your search for quality wedding photographers in Leeds and the surrounding areas before looking further afield.

Research wedding photographers. Like hairdressers, beauticians and just about every trade, some wedding photographers are better than others. It is therefore important that you do some research on potential photographers so you can differentiate quality wedding photographers from amateur ones.

 

Ways to Save Money on a Wedding Photography

Ways to Save Money on a Wedding Photographer

Ways to Save Money on a Wedding Photographer

For many couples, photography isn’t an area where they want to skimp. After all, your pro photographer will be the person cataloguing the day that you want to remember for the rest of your life.

1. Start with someone in your budget. The place to start is with your actual wedding budget. How much can you afford to spend on a photographer?

2. Opt for digital. One good way to save on your photography is to ask about a HD digital package.
3. Hire a photographer for less time. Don’t book your photographer for as much time, and you can dramatically reduce the cost of your photography contract. The person will have fewer photos to process and will charge you fewer overall hours.
For example, consider having your professional photographer skip out on the pre-wedding festivities. Have your bridesmaids and groomsmen take these photos, instead. You can also trim time off the back end by having your photographer stay only until wedding breafast or by just having bridesmaids with decent digital cameras take reception photos. The less time you require a professional photographer, the less money you’ll pay.
4. Ask about referral discounts. Many wedding photographers offer referral discounts — even after you’ve signed the contract. In fact, some will offer discounts on your final payment if you get a referral to them based on your wedding proofs.
You’ll need to talk up your photographer to convince at least someone you know to use your his or her services. This may work by sharing your photos on your social media sites, letting your newly engaged friends know about him or her, or letting other people you know about the photographer’s family portrait options.
Whether you’re on a super-strict wedding budget or you just want to spend more money on your dress and less on your photographer, these tips should help keep you on track.

Affordable Wedding Photography

Affordable Wedding Photoraphy

Affordable Wedding Photoraphy

Your budget can be a huge barrier for some of Bride & Grooms but that still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to get the most amazing wedding photographs that you can. Whenever I speak to couples after their wedding they always say “It went by so fast!” or “the whole thing was such a blur, I don’t really remember the ceremony!” And it’s so true. You’ll be feeling so many emotions on your wedding day that often it’s very difficult to recall a lot of the details afterwards. That’s where you’re wedding photographer come in.

Wedding photography is something that you shouldn’t try to DIY. Your uncle with a fancy camera will never get the same results as a professional with years of experience. It’s a massive cliché, so much in fact that I almost hate saying it, but it is totally true, once the wedding is over, the cake has been eaten and the flowers have died, the photos and video are all you’ll have left to remember the day. I love looking back at my parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photographs and if we ever have children ourselves I can’t wait for them to see how mummy and daddy got married too.

One of the biggest things my Bride & Grooms  say to me whenever I address this topic is that while they understand how important photos and video can be, they simply don’t have the budget for them. So today, I thought I’d share a few simple ways that for you to get great wedding photographs without having to spend thousands of pounds.

Consider shorter coverage if you want to save money across the board a  mid week wedding is the way forward!