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How to choose your wedding photographer

Your  wedding photos will be a huge part of your day, as will your photographer, so here are a few pointers to help you.

1. Style – are you looking for something traditional with posed shots or something which captures moments behind the scenes which would otherwise go unnoticed, pr perhaps a combination of both? Do you want a DVD or a series of photos to tell your wedding story?

2. Service – most photographers offer a basic service starting with 3 or 4 hours, and this can build up to a full day service with assistants as well as engagement sessions and more recently ‘trash the dress’ sessions after the wedding is over.

3. Proofs – the days of having to wait to see the proofs before making your selection are long gone and everything is digital. The most basic package will include all pictures on DVD and you can choose for yourself which pictures to print off when you are home. For an extra fee your photographer will select some of the best images and edit them using postproduction software to provide you with some truly stunning photos.

4. Prints and albums – you can opt to have your postproduced images printed and mounted, or to have your photos displayed in an album. Some photographers provide gift boxes with a limited selection of images which are perfect keepsakes for your families. A slideshow is another option, with a number of images set to a track which tells your wedding story from start to finish.

5. Budget – how much do you realistically want to spend on your photos? While the cost for a basic 3 hour service is certainly accessible it might be better to stretch the budget to cover as much of the day as you can – the day really does fly by and you are unaware of so much which is going on. Think about whether you want photos during the preparations – what is the groom doing while the bride is having her hair and makeup done? What are your guests doing as you get dressed?  And do you really want the photographer to have finished before the speeches and after dinner dancing?

Where possible we always try to arrange a meeting to introduce our couples to their photographer before the wedding day, so you have already met and know who will be working with you.


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