After the confetti has settled and the honeymoon is over, it’s time to look through your wedding photos.

 

You’ll be able to look back on all those special moments and remember one of the happiest days of your life – not just now, but for years to come. The walk down the aisle, the proud hug with your father, the joke in the best man’s speech: you’ll be able to look back on all those special moments and remember one of the happiest days of your life.

 

It’s critical, then, that you’re pleased with your wedding photographs. It’s one of the most common wedding regrets for couples who either didn’t capture all of the moments they wanted or didn’t like the photographer’s work.

 

So, how do you go about finding the best photographer for the job? First, we’ll go over some of the different types of wedding photography, and then we’ll walk you through eight simple steps for selecting a wedding photographer.

 

Wedding Photography’s Three Main Styles

The terminology surrounding wedding photography can be perplexing, especially when it comes to understanding what the various styles of wedding photography imply. Whatever your budget, you’ll be able to find photographers who specialise in each of the three most popular types of wedding photography. We also have a comprehensive explanation of wedding photography styles and jargon that may be of assistance to you.

 

Photographic Reportage

Photojournalistic or documentary photography are other terms for reportage photography. Your photographer will capture candid and spontaneous shots while standing among and around you and your guests. Expect your photos to tell the true storey of your wedding day, as reportage photography is all about reactions and emotions. Because there is no posing, it can feel like the most genuine form of photography.

 

Pros: Captures storey and emotions while remaining unobtrusive and relaxed.

Cons: There are no posed group photos unless you specifically request them.

 

Traditional Photographic Techniques

What to Look for When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

The classic posed look you see in traditional group shots of the couple and the wedding party is known as traditional or formal wedding photography. This used to be the most popular style, and it requires a lot of direction from the photographer. However, it takes time, and you might miss some of the day’s action. Your photos will most likely be formulaic, but they will be beautifully shot and lit.

 

Pros: Long-lasting photographs of family and friends in a classic, elegant style.

Cons: It takes time and staging, so you may miss out on the day’s emotions.

 

Photography in the Present Day

What to Look for When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Fashion or editorial photography combined with reportage will be more prevalent in contemporary photography. If you want fashion-forward couple photos as well as an artistic approach to other shots, this is the package for you. You’ll need to find a photographer who shares your creative vision, whether it’s for street style, portraits, conceptual photography, or nature photography.

 

Pros: Dramatic, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind shots.

Cons: Sometimes the vision takes precedence over capturing the couples’ personalities.

 

How to Pick a Wedding Photographer in 8 Simple Steps

1. Make a financial plan

What to Look for When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

There’s no point in falling in love with a photographer only to find out they’re way out of your price range. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to wedding photography prices to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay – the average range is £1,500-£2,000.

 

Your first step should be to talk about how much you can afford to spend legally, and keep that in mind as you continue your search. Many photographers list their starting prices on their websites, or you can get a quick quote from a few in your area to see what the going rate is.

 

While £1,500 may seem like a large chunk of change, your photos are one of the most important investments you can make. See if you can trim your budget somewhere else to make sure you have enough money for this. What you pay for is what you get.

 

2. Discover Your Personality

Now comes the exciting part: beginning your search! One of the most crucial factors to consider is your preferred photography style. We’d suggest you browse our wedding photographers section – you’ll see the styles of hundreds of photographer and can easily work out what you do and don’t like. Are you looking for something candid, classic, a mix of colour and black-and-white, creative, and modern? Normally, one of the styles listed above will catch your eye right away.

 

Begin by making a shortlist of photographers you admire and learning more about them. Because of the scale and speed of the action at a wedding, you’ll want to hire a photographer with at least a few years of wedding photography experience.

 

3. Request Testimonials

Asking friends for recommendations is one of the best ways to find a photographer. If anyone has got married recently and you loved their shots, find out who their photographer was. Other places to get recommendations from are your venue, social media and online reviews. Is there a forum for your county?

 

A reputable photographer will have lots of testimonials from clients they’re happy to share with you or will put you in touch with previous clients. Once you have a shortlist, get in touch with the photographer and ask 1) do they have availability on your wedding date? 2) Can they send through a full album for you to look at (see below)? 3) Can you read testimonials or speak to a recent client? We recommend asking how the day went, did they get everything they wanted, and were they happy with the end result.

 

4. See a Portfolio

Naturally, seeing a portfolio is essential! Their website will showcase a highlight reel, but what you need to see is a full wedding album. Three or four photos don’t tell you the whole story.

 

The reason is that the photographs should tell the story of the day, all flow and all be equally as beautiful. You want each photo to be consistent in quality and look. You may realise that you don’t like the way the photographer shoots in low-light or their style when it comes to group photos doesn’t fit yours.

 

5. Do They Know Your Venue?

This is by no means a deal-breaker but it always helps if your photographer has shot at your venue before. It means they’ll have experience of the best locations and know the lighting conditions.

 Your venue will happily provide a list of recommended photographers or most photographer have blogs featuring their real weddings.

 

6. Arrange a Meeting

Your photographer is going to be spending a whole day with you – you need to make sure you gel! Meet them face-to-face, ask questions, go through their portfolio and see how you feel with them. Do they put you at ease? Do you feel they understand what you want? The more relaxed you are around your photographer, the more natural and at ease your photos will be.

 

We have a full list of questions to ask your wedding photographer, but here’s some important things to pay attention to:

 

Will they be the one taking the photos on the day? Some national agencies will have multiple photographers on their books.

Photography is a lot about directing people and you can see how they handle this best in the group shots. Does everyone look relaxed? Is there a good mixture of group shots with portraits and casual shots?

Ask them what their favourite wedding photo is – you’ll get a true feeling of their vision.

Is the composition right in all the photos? Have they got shots like the first moment you see each other and your parents’ faces? Do the photos shows the right details, e.g. are the faces clear and the background not too distracting? Are the photos flattering?

Do they have a back-up in case anything goes wrong, like they’re ill on the day?

If you’re having a second shooter, request to see samples of their work too.

 

7. Narrow Down Your Shortlist

You’ll probably meet with two or three photographers and then need to pick just one. As well as feeling comfortable, the right photographer will come down to price and package options. Consider what is included in the contract (number of hours of coverage on the day, a second shooter, prints or albums, extras like an engagement shoot), how long the proofs will take to get back and retouching options.

 

8. Book an Engagement Shoot

Again, not an essential, but you’ll be so much more comfortable on the day if you’ve had some experience of being directed and posing beforehand. An engagement shoot is a great way to all to get to know each other and see if your personalities mesh. Your photographer will be shadowing you for a whole day so if they irritate you or are off-putting, that’s a bad sign.

 

The right photographer should be respectful and have the social know-how to blend into your wedding, yet still be bold enough to seek out the shots they need. They should ask you lots of questions and, importantly, be excited about your day.

 

You may have paid a deposit but if you really don’t think they’re the right photographer after the engagement shoot, you are perfectly within your rights to cancel your wedding with them. Hopefully by following these eight steps that should never be the case!

If you need a guiding hand then head over to www.type1photography.co.uk and speak to a sheffield wedding photographer.