I see lots of crazy questions that have been copied and pasted from wedding magazines that I think make little sense. I’d advise couples to find a photographer whose work they love, and meet them face to face. A lot of couples put an emphasis on finding someone who has shot at their venue before, however I love shooting at a new venue and all the possibilities it brings providing the photographer is competent it really doesn’t matter if they’ve shot there before or not.
A bride and groom should look for a photographer that’s professional and that they can trust will do a great job on their day.
I think that a bride and groom should always emphasize coverage over deliverables. I’m never a photographer to say shoot and burn is the way to go I’m a big believer in printing your images, but if you have a finite budget and are trying to decide between extra hours that you really need and an album I always say do the hours. You can always print an album after the wedding, but you can’t go back and relive your day so doing an engagement session and having the right amount of coverage should take priority.
All photographers offer different products, packages, add-ons, incentives etc. but to us that’s irrelevant. The quality of the photography should always come first, not what you get at the end of the day. Choose a photographer who’s work you have fallen in love with and hopefully they will be within your budget. If not, it may be worth sacrificing something else for them because when you wake up the morning after your wedding day it’s the photographs you’re going to want to see and it’s the photographs you’re going to be sharing with your friends and family and looking at years down the line to remember your special day.
They want to have fun that day. We must not forget this. They are not looking for complication, questions, or troubles. We’ve to be part of the solution, and not the origin of the problems.
Kind of depends, everyone’s different. I only offer either digital photography, with the option of an album, this suits the guys that book me. Others offer canvas products and signing boards etc. I wouldn’t know about that sort of thing.
Ideally I think a bride and groom should be looking for something that suits the vision and budget that they have for their day. I usually say to couples to allow about 10% of their overall wedding budget for photography and to explore the different styles of photography to identify what they really want. Over and above all that, I say that it’s really important to be confident in your photographers’ ability to deliver what you want and for you to have a rapport with them. After all you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them.
One last thing is that many couples have an unrealistic expectation of what they can achieve for their budget or are wholly driven by price. In general you do get what you pay for and generally you won’t get top end photography for £200 all in!