After the ceremony and venue has been booked, the photographer is usually the next port of call. Remembering the day and having memories to cherish after is almost as important as the day itself and what better way to do so than having some fabulous photographs to look back on. Talented and popular photographers tend to get booked up quickly and quite far in advance, so if you want your chosen photographer, always contact them ASAP.
Blogs, Magazines, styled shoots and recommendations can be wonderful ways of exploring all of the options available to you. There are many wonderful photographers out there and it’s worth looking for inspiration to get a feel of what you want from the photos of your day. Do you want a more journalistic or reportage style of photographs or are more traditional styled shots your thing? Would you like detail shots as well as fashion focused? What parts of the day would you like captured – from the getting ready right through to the dancing or just ceremony, reception and speeches. Note down the style and wants and likes and create a shortlist that you both agree with.
Once you have your shortlist and you have looked at the various places for inspiration, take a look at the photographer’s websites and galleries to make sure they are what you want. If they are, contact them and check for availability and budget and arrange a meeting. The photographers that you choose are going to be some of the most important people on your wedding day, they will capture some of the most precious and intimate moments and be with you for a good part of the day. It is therefore important that you get on with them and have that initial bond. The photos and style aren’t the only things to consider!
Before you meet, draw up a list of questions that you want to be answered. From asking about options and packages to timings and looking through albums; be prepared, it always helps! The best questions are: What sets you apart from everyone else? Do you have a speciality and what is it? Do you have any pre-wedding meetings with us? How many photographs will you take? How long will you stay at the wedding? How quickly are the photos ready to view? What albums do you offer? How much will everything cost? What packages and options do you offer? What happens if the weather turns? Who has copyright to the images? Can I choose which photos you take? Do you have insurance? What happened if I change my wedding date or cancel? A select few…and I’m sure you can think of a few others, but we think these are the most important!
Pre-wedding styled shoots are very on trend currently and it adds another memory and keepsake for the wedding journey. However it is also a useful tool in meeting again with your photographer and understanding how they work. You will get a feel of how they like to do things and gives you both a chance to warm up to having your photos taken, which will hopefully make you feel more comfortable and at ease on the wedding day.
Preparation is key prior to the day itself. Often I have spoken to couples about preparing a list of photos they would like taken and the order of doing so. This is particularly important if you want to have some styled and group shots. It will help speed this process up and be less ‘messy’ trying to gather people together. The reception is the best part for the photographs to be taken, but if these can be kept to minimum time it means that you and your guests will have more time for fun and enjoying yourselves! Get the best man involved on the day and give him the list and get him to call out the order and who is needed. It minimises stress for you and the photographer on the day and makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable.
Alongside this, see if you can arrange a site visit to the venue with your photographer and pick out places where you would like certain photos to be taken. Reccys are always a good thing and again helps eliminate time taken on the day, where you could be eating, drinking and be merry.
When the day comes around, enjoy! Don’t be afraid of having photos taken, it’s all part of the fun! By this point you should have a great relationship with your photographer and they will know what works best and how to make you feel at ease, making you, your guests and the venue and details look the absolute best.
After the fun of the day it’s always nice to have something fun planned and something to look forward to (apart from the honeymoon!) Looking through the photos and choosing which ones you want in your album is an occasion in itself. It will give you something to look forward to and will bring back all the special memories from the day. Knowing you picked the best photographer for you has given you treasured memories that you will be able to keep and cherish for years to come.
Take a look at our Q&A’s on our website – http://www.lgfineartweddings.com/faqs/ I’m sure this will help answer some of your questions and if you like what you see and want us to be your wedding photographer, then call us on 01494 680811 to book in.
Still not convinced – take a look at a couple of these fab comments from our couples!
“Lisa and her team were fantastic from the first time we met them, we left our first meeting in no doubt that they were the photographers for us, fully understanding us and what we wanted for our day and how we wanted it captured. We have had a number of guests comment on how stunning the photos were and we would not hesitate to recommend Lisa and her team to others.”
“We are thrilled to have had LG Fine Art Weddings supply our wedding photographs. From our first meeting with them in Lisa’s studio to viewing our final shots and receiving our official album, we found Lisa and her team professional, super friendly, and experts in their photography. On the actual day we had two photographers, one each at the bride and groom’s house and they were fabulous – professional yet friendly, blending perfectly into the our wedding day. Thank you!”
“These photographers are simply outstanding. I refuse to use any other photographers in the future. The wedding pictures were beyond my expectations and I am extremely happy. So many things went wrong on the day but they kept me calm and the pictures turned out amazing. Forever grateful.”