Choosing a Creative
Choosing a creative wedding photographer is one of the biggest
decisions you'll make when planning your wedding. It's easy to
work out what you don't want. You don't want someone
who will turn up in jeans, boss you around, or forget to load the
camera with film. But figuring out what you do want is
a little harder. That's where we can help.
First things first: discuss your requirements with your partner.
Chances are, your wedding photographer will get on your nerves
after a couple of hours of posing – you'll want someone you both
get along with. Do you want someone whose creative photography
will make your album truly unique? Do you prefer classic, black-and-white
photography or imaginative, witty photographs? Are you working
to a tight budget? With all this in mind, follow our 4-step guide
to choosing a creative wedding photographer. Good luck!
1. Choosing the Style of Photography
There are two different types of photography that may take place
at your wedding. Different photographers specialise in one or the
other, and some offer both:
This includes the traditional shots of friends and family, as
well as a selection of intimate bride-and-groom portraits.
A good wedding photographer will ensure that everyone has been
included in at least one shot. He or she will also take the couple
somewhere scenic for extra photographs. Creative portrait photography
is a real skill – it takes wit and imagination to capture a couple
in a personal way.
This is usually taken from the sidelines, with an informal feel.
It isn't framed or set-up. Many wedding photographers now offer
to come to the bride's home before the wedding, to capture the
preparation and excitement. Sometimes photographers will bring
along an apprentice to take pictures in the background: shots like
the groom helping the bride over a puddle, or the bridesmaids gossiping
in a corner.
2. Find a Creative Wedding Photographer in your Area
Preserving your wedding memories is a huge responsibility, so
picking a photographer is a task that deserves your time and attention.
Spend time browsing sites, checking prices and arranging visits.
Your patience will pay off: a talented and creative wedding photographer
will provide you with photographs that you and your family will
treasure for years to come.
Use our directory to locate qualified photographers in your area,
but don't be hasty: browse their sites and make a shortlist. Don't
forget to use our checklist (below) when you meet potential photographers.
3. Visit some Creative Wedding Photographers
When the photographer shows you some sample albums, look for the
- Creative arrangements and unusual angles
- Happy expressions on the guests' faces
- Photographs that capture
the wedding's mood
- Intimate shots of the couple
- Good use of scenery
- Natural smiles
- Photographs from one single wedding, to demonstrate
the range of his/her abilities
Then ASK your photographer these questions:
- What album options do you offer?
- How many photographs will
- Do you offer a mixture of colour and black-and-white?
- Will you be personally taking the photographs?
If not, who will?
- Do you attend in appropriate attire?
- Will the final photographs be available online
- What prices do you charge for re-prints?
- Where will the photographs be stored?
- Are the photographs supplied on CD or DVD?
4. Choosing your Wedding Album
There are two options for your wedding album. You can choose to
have a number of prints of your choice from the complete set, and
(usually) stick them into an album yourself. (Wonky and home-made,
but personal!) Or you can choose to have a ‘storybook' printed
up. These come in a range of sizes and styles, depending on your
photographer. The storybook is an expensive option, but it's a
far more glamorous way to display your wedding photos and will
probably be kept on your coffee table for years to come.