So I’ve been thinking recently about what sort of things I would want to know if I was getting married that I would have no idea about if I wasn’t a member of the craziness that is the wedding industry! Oh and yes I am one of the few people you will find in the wedding industry who isn’t married and didn’t start their business because of their own wedding .. I just bloody love weddings and stationery! Anyway … I think one of the main things I would want to know is about wedding photography. It is after all quite a substantial part of a lot of people’s wedding budget so its something you would definitely want to make sure you get right. There’s only one chance to get the wedding photographs you dream of and then you are stuck with them for the rest of your life so I personally think its really important that you get someone professional and get a good job done because these are the memories you are going to have forever.

So you’ve got a meeting lined up with a wedding photographer to discuss your wedding … but what the heck do you ask them!?! I mean I love photography and have quite an extensive background in the wedding industry but I’m not sure even I would know where to start with what the really important things are to clarify with a photographer before booking them for my wedding. What is the information you should let your photographer know once you’ve booked them, and what things are going to make it as easy as possible for them to get the best photos possible of your wedding?

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So I was in a room with quite a lot of pro wedding photographers recently and it got me to thinking … I know all these people, why not take the opportunity to get their top hints and tips and then I can pass them on to readers of the blog who might be looking at having a first meeting with their wedding photographer and just have no idea what to ask!

So here it is .. what to ask your wedding photographer from the people who really know! …

“Once your plans are beginning to fall into place, it’s the all-important timeline. Work with your photographer to discuss the key aspects of the day so that they can advise on the best time to work in any formal photos and shots of you both as newly-weds. You’ll appreciate that half an hour where you can take a breath and spend some time together.

Have a good think about formal photo requirements. So many of our couples have said that they’ve been to weddings in the past and have hardly seen the bride and groom due to the hours spent taking formal photos. We recommend no more than 8 variations – leaving you plenty of time to chat among your friends and family and to enjoy the celebrations!”

– Bowtie and Belle Fine Art Photography www.BowtieandBellePhotography.co.uk

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“Your wedding photographer will almost certainly schedule a meeting whether that’s over a coffee, at your venue, or over Skype. This is normally a final catch up before the big day to go through your timeline and any special requirements to ensure that they are fully prepared. For example, is there a surprise planned or a tiny detail thats important to be photographed? If there is you should certainly let them know so they can be in the right place at the right time. Are there any family members that may not be best stood next to each other in your formal photographs? All these sorts of things really matter to help your photographer truly understand your day and prepare accordingly. 

If you are concerned about any timings, your photographer will have the knowledge and experience to help you plan your day. Your photographer isn’t just there to take photographs, they become an integral part of the organisation of the day, can help things run smoothly, solve problems and ultimately make you feel completely at ease.”

– Philippa Sian Photography www.philippa-sian.co.uk

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Image by Philippa Sian Photography

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Image by Philippa Sian Photography

“In my opinion, have the best possible timeline for the day. I usually ask to the couple to send me some ideas from Pinterest for their couple shoot, send me the 5 most important people for them that will be at their wedding, and I always try to get to know who they are. I like to ask about the groups photoshoot. I like to photograph groups for a while, not too much time and have my head free for the inspiration. For that, I always ask the Bride & Groom to do a small list of 3-4 groups shoots and some friend/family to prepare the people after the ceremony to do the photo-groups. It is not the most “artistic”time as you can guess, but, you know what? I get happy couples …”

– Jesús Caballero Photography www.jesuscaballero.com

“Ask how long your photographer has been shooting weddings, experience experience experience is so important. A good professional photographer will still be able to create beautiful images even if its raining and you are inside with no natural light….lets face it, rain is a big possibility even in the summer.

– Clare Kinchin Photography http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/

“Can I meet you before the wedding? You should always meet the photographer before your wedding day, they may shoot amazing photos but could be very loud, bossy and completely take over your wedding day. If you can’t meet them then definitely speak on the phone, this helps get to know the photographer and see if you like their personality. 

What type of cameras do you use, and will you have any backups in case something breaks or doesn’t work? If you want the best pictures, hire someone who uses the latest top-quality equipment. A true professional will arrive at the wedding prepared with more than one camera and lens. Also checked they are insured in case they damage a memory cards/films. 

What happens if it rains?
Unfortunately in the UK, this does tend to happen quite frequently, so make sure your photographer has a plan for it and should discuss a “plan B” with you before the big day. Most photographers carry a couple of very handy large umbrellas and modern cameras can withstand a lot of rain – basically it shouldn’t stop you having stunning pictures. But if you don’t fancy braving the rain your photographer should be flexible and they can take the group photos and bride and groom portraits later in the day when the rain has stopped, rather than inside the venue. 

How many photos do I receive? and are they in colour or black and white? You would be surprised how many people forget to ask this, some brides assume their package includes all the photos from the day. Some photographers only give 100 images from a 10 hour wedding and you have to pay extra for each image above this. I always give 500-800 images in colour and black and white so you receive over 1000 images in total.”

– Liberty Pearl Photography http://libertypearlphotography.com/

I really hope this helps you have with any questions you might be having about your wedding photography. I’ll be working on another post for the new year on ‘How to choose your wedding photographer’ so be sure to check back then.

Nikki x

 

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