Ask A Pro: Booking a Wedding Photographer

We caught up with Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire Florence Fox to pick her brains on the things to think about when booking a wedding photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer can be a fairly daunting task! There are thousands of wedding photographers in the UK with many different styles, personalities, and experience levels. Some work as a team with two people, some alone, some shoot film rather than digital, some shoot video on the side… there’s lots of options! You should definitely chat to someone before booking – I recommend Skype rather than the phone as it’s great for both of you to be able to talk so everyone’s involved. This gives you a chance to get a feel for them and see if your personalities gel as it’s  important that you like having them around as well as loving their photographs too!

Choosing what style of photography you’re after is key, whether that be more traditional or quirky and creative or totally documentary. I recommend talking to friends who have got married as well as google recommendations, and have a good search on wedding blogs and wedding magazines too. Once you have a short list of people you’d like to chat with, arrange a phone call / Skype and take it from there!

There are lots of lists around on the internet about questions to ask your wedding photographer but honestly the most important things are that they are a professional, that you love their style of work, and that you like them. The only few things it’s good to know is what you’re getting in terms of services –  how late do they stay, what do you get afterwards (albums, prints, digital images) and also what sharing privileges do you have of the photos e.g is there a gallery where friends and family can view, download for free, or buy prints. Also if they’re not local you need to find out if travel and accommodation is extra as well. 

It’s a big decision and wedding photographers do get booked up quickly (sometimes more than 2 years in advance!) so if it’s important to you it should be one of the first things to look at after the venue.

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