Find your perfect London wedding photographer: top tips
Happy New Year! If you’re one of the lucky people who got engaged over Christmas, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! Has it sunk in yet?! Do you keep catching yourself looking at your beautiful new sparkler and smiling from ear to ear?! I love nothing more than a good engagement story so I’d love to hear yours!
In today’s post I’m sharing my top tips for making sure you find the perfect wedding photographer for your big day! Your wedding photographer is one of the few suppliers who will be with you all day, from morning prep to dancing the night away, so it’s super important to find someone you really click with on a personal level as well as someone whose photography you love (although this is also important, obvs!). I know how overwhelming it can be when you start googling photographers or scrolling Instagram and realise there are literally thousands of us out there, so here are my top tips to help you keep things simple and straightforward when looking for the perfect photographer for you:
Find someone whose style matches yours
When it comes to style, every wedding photographer has their own individual way of shooting weddings, so it's important to find out whether what they specialise in matches what you’re looking for. Does their style translate into the kind of photos you are drawn to and would like to see of your own wedding? It might be that you are someone who adores romantic portraits that are shot in beautiful natural light, or maybe you’re planning the most fun day of your life and want to make sure the joyful spirit of the day is captured in the faces of all your friends and family - whatever the elements of the day that mean the most to you are, you need to try and find a photographer whose work exudes the same things because they love capturing those things too.
If you are someone who loves dramatically posed, flash lit portraits you will need a photographer who loves to set these up rather than capturing things more naturally. Alternatively, you might prefer photographers who work more unobtrusively and that will capture lots of unposed candid shots of you with your friends and family having a great time that you didn't even know were being taken. Perhaps detail shots are really important to you, or you may prefer photos that concentrate on people and capturing real moments. Once you know what type of photography you like and what's most important to you, you can set about finding a photographer that specialises in that area and who you can trust to deliver the kind of shots YOU want. Some photographers could be all about the details, or perhaps they are incredible at making nervous subjects smile and feel relaxed. Working out what is most important to you will make your search so much simpler!
2. Pick someone you like and trust!
Obviously you need to love their style (as above) and the photos they capture, but it's also (I think) important that your photographer feels like someone you could and would be friends with! After all, whoever you choose will be with you all day, so it's important we're the kind of person who will fit in with your guests and that your family will like! Your wedding photography experience should be personal and feel really comfortable, so I recommend going through social media and checking what you can see about the tone of their profiles to see if they seem like someone you like the sound of! Once this is done, nothing can replace a good old fashioned chat or face to face meeting to see whether you click and they seem like the kind of person who would fit in well with you, your friends and family on the day. If you choose someone you feel relaxed around, you will have an all round better experience and the photos will definitely reflect this.
3. Choose someone who is happy to show you some full wedding galleries
A wedding day has so many elements to it, from getting ready to the first dance and everything in between, so you want to make sure you choose someone with a proven ability to capture photos you like from ALL areas of the day (and not just the highlights reel they put on their website). For example, if candid photos of your guests having fun are big on your wishlist, you’ll want to make sure you choose a photographer who is comfortable taking plenty of these and can show you lots of examples. As above, choose a photographer you feel relaxed around as a photographer with good people skills will know how to get the best out of everyone at your wedding, from Great Auntie Joan to your uni mates and everyone in between!
It’s also really worthwhile taking the availability of light into account as this will have a huge impact on your wedding photos. Look to find a photographer that is comfortable working in all different kinds of lighting conditions, as shooting a summer wedding in the bright sunshine requires very different shooting skills to a December wedding where the light is likely to be very low. Likewise if it rains on your wedding day and the majority of your photos need to be taken inside, will they be OK with this? Ensure you choose someone who is comfortable working with flash when required, and consider how this will impact the look of your photos. I always recommend asking your photographer for a couple of example galleries of weddings they've shot and most will happily send these to you and browse away!
I hope these tips help you find the best photographer for you! If you’d like to chat about how I work and your wedding plans so far I’d love to hear all the fun wedding details you have so far and see if we are a good fit 🙂