Your photographer will be your most treasured wedding keepsake.
You'll immediately want to share them when your photographer gives them to you, and you'll look back at them 50 years from now, reminiscing about your vows, the kiss, and the first dance.
Choosing the right photographer to capture those amazing moments is an important decision and it's crucial to find a pro who understands your vision for your wedding day and can document it with style. But you'll also want someone you trust and feel comfortable with since he or she will be by your side the entire wedding day.
So here are my top tips to finding the perfect person for you.
Look to booking your photographer after you book your venue
It's a smart idea to hire your photographer after you've booked your venue. Aim to book his or her services about nine months before the wedding or a year, if your photographer is in high demand.
Asking friends and family
Ask for recommendations, word of mouth is powerful. You get first hand what they experienced and even get to see their wedding photos.
Yes look who is in your area. (Norfolk wedding photographer, dereham wedding photographer, Norwich wedding photographer) See if there are any wedding shows going. You can view their websites see their work and see their reviews I call them love notes
Check them out on social media, Instagram is one of the most popular places for photographers as they can share behind the sense reels, do stories what they are up too and also post some beautiful photos.
Figure out the style you love
Do your homework and spend some time getting a sense of the style of photography you like. Maybe it's bright with lots of saturated colours, or perhaps you prefer a more vintage look with more washed-out tones and a dreamy, nostalgic feel. , documentary, formal, light and airy, dark and grainy. There are so many different styles enjoy looking at them and finding what you love. Once you start looking round at photographers work you will soon find the style you like
Narrow it down to a handful of photographers you love
You will soon find the photographers you go back to and want to know more about them, you will start following them on your social media and engage in their life. once you start doing that it is time to .....
Meet them - chat to them see if you like them
This is the biggest thing, for me I love meeting couples having a chat over coffee getting to know them. I can not stress this enough you need to feel comfortable around them and the same for the photographer. You will be spending a whole day together, sometimes two days. They are going to be capturing a very important day in your life and a romantic one you need to be able to laugh, chat and feel like they are your friend.
Discuss their fee
Some photographers put their prices on their website and some don't. Some included everything from Albums, prints and high-resolution images. Others have a flat or hourly rate, then charge you for any pictures or albums you want. Make sure that you understand what's included. Ask how long the photographer will spend with you and whether there will be a second shooter, as you'll get more detail shots this way.
Go with your gut
Once you've evaluated each photographer's work and fees, and narrowed down the options, it's time to make your decision. Don't forget that you'll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer. Do you and your partner genuinely like this person? Do you feel like the three of you click?
If your still unsure book a pre wedding session (test run)
A Pre wedding photoshoot is always a good idea—it's a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and begin to feel comfortable having your photo taken, especially if you or your groom are camera-shy.