Organising your dream wedding day can be a stressful experience. Shane has attended hundreds of amazing weddings across Manchester and further afield so has picked up many tips along the way. Choosing your perfect wedding photographer need not be a chore. Shane’s 5 easy steps to pick a wedding photographer should help you out!
Don’t know where to start?
It can be daunting finding a great photographer, so I have put together my top tips for couples. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions or take a look at my FAQ’s. My wedding photography style is natural and contemporary so if this is what you’re after, be sure to check out my portfolio and latest weddings.
1) Research, research, research
There are an awful lot of wedding photographers out there, so doing your research is really important. Spending some time checking out websites, social media and magazines will mean you can pick a great photographer that fits within your budget and shoots in the style you want. Look at lots of different styles of wedding photography and see which one is your favourite whether it’s natural, fine art or traditional.
When you have a shortlist of potential photographers, give them a call. Make sure to ask to see an entire wedding and to ask for client reviews before making a booking though. That will give you a great idea of what you can expect on your big day.
2) Spend time with your photographer before the big day
Another top tip for choosing your photographer is to make sure you meet with them. Meeting couples for an initial consultation is one of the best parts of my job; I love finding out more about them and what they want from their big day. Unsurprisingly, one of the first things that I often hear is ‘we don’t really like having our photo taken’. Don’t worry, it’s natural. So many people freeze up or feel awkward having their photo taken, but a big part of that is down to who is taking it.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s vital you feel comfortable with the person capturing it. By taking that time to get to know your photographer beforehand you will feel happy and comfortable. That’s what makes the best wedding photos.
And don’t forget: your photographer is actually one of the most important guests on the day!
3) Take recommendations
Have any of your family or friends recently got married? Speak to them as part of your research. The chances are that if someone close to you was pleased with the work of a particular photographer, then you probably will be too.
Friends and family are also a great source of advice when you’re stressed out – they’ve done it before and know what to look out for.
Your photographer should be more than happy to share testimonials from their previous clients with you too.
4) Don’t haggle on price straight away
When you start to get in touch with wedding photographers, never start the conversation by trying to haggle on price.
Feeling that we are a valued part of the wedding is really important to us. The best way to approach things is to talk about what you like about our work and why you’d like us to photograph your big day. We pride ourselves on the work that we do.
That’s not to say discounts aren’t out there – if you approach it in the right way then you might just bag yourself a good photographer for less than you thought.
5) Go with your gut
Everything from the flowers to the favours on your wedding day is very personal, so trust your gut when picking a photographer. The chances are that if your gut tells you that you’ve found the perfect match, you probably have.
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As a Manchester wedding photographer, I have worked throughout the North West and all over the UK – I have even had the pleasure of shooting weddings as far afield as Ibiza and Norway!