Choose your style: There a number of different styles of wedding photography, the main ones being:
- Reportage: This is the style I shoot in, and is all about capturing those natural moments, rather than staging them.
- Classic portraiture: This is, as the name suggests, is a more traditional style, whereby the subjects (that’s you, your other half, your friends and/or family) will pose in front of picturesque spots. Those spots can be anything from the alter to the a scenic backdrop.
- Fine art: This is also a very traditional style, but gives the photographer more creative license to create ‘dreamer’ shots
- Contemporary: This is modern style, and is typically far more experimental. If you’re looking for something a bit different, this is for you.
Read reviews: This may sound like an obvious step, but don’t just look at the portfolio – read reviews or testimonials of the photographer.
Meet the photographer: Grab a coffee or a beer with them – more than once if you can. A photographer is going to be very close to you throughout your big day. If you find them annoying, bossy, too chatty, not chatty enough, you’re not going to enjoy your wedding.
See a full wedding album: A portfolio will show their best shots – make sure you see a full album. When you review the album, focus on the key shots – if the speeches are the most important part of the day for you, make sure the photographer knows how to capture them well.
Pricing: See if there’s any wriggle room on pricing. Lots of photographers, for example, will offer various discounts. For example, if your package includes an engagement shoot, see if it’s cheaper if you do it near their studio, rather than making them travel.
Rights: Most photographers own the rights to their photographs, but license them in perpetuity to you (i.e. forever). Make sure you ask what rights you get – because sometimes it’ll vary.