Last week we looked at some incredible photography styles. This week our experts are dishing the dirt on the best ways to find your dream wedding photographer! Some of the same advice cropped up a few times; meet photographers in person, look at a photographer’s full wedding album, and don’t choose someone solely based on price. These experts are wedding photographers so they know what they are talking about! Take a peek at their super helpful advice and you’ll thank them later…
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Keith Touhey Fine Art Wedding Photography | View Profile
It’s a very personal decision. Price should not reflect your decision too much once you find your budget. Go for the style and look you love and not because they’re the cheapest in your budget. Research the work of photographers and find the one whose work leaves you in awe. The one you keep coming back to check. Book him.
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- Start as soon as you have the venue and date organised and ask for recommendations from WOL.ie and HIGM from other couples.
- Shortlist 5 photographers you like. Check their website and testimonials from independent sources such as WOL, Facebook, Google. And check if they are available!
- From what is left get in touch with them and talk through your day. Ask how they interact with the couple on the day. Some photographers don’t interact at all except for family photos. Some interact a lot staging shots. See if you click with the photographer. Consider the fact that this person will be at your wedding all day. How will that have an impact on you and your guests.
- View 2 full galleries of the package you are considering. Highlight galleries can be misleading.
Alex Zarodov Photography | View Profile
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Mark Donovan Wedding Photography | View Profile
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Ebony & Pearl Photography | View Profile
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Ken Byrne Photography | View Profile
Myy advice to you is: Forget about price for now. That will lead you down the wrong path. Check the images the photographer has on their website, Facebook and Instagram.
Call and meet your photographer, it is impossible to get to know someone through an email (Especially when the email is “Hey, how much are your Packages?”). See the albums and products in person, not every product is the quality your expecting. We are expecting these albums, frames and images to last past our lifetimes remember? Let’s make sure they’re up to the challenge.
Remember this is an investment for the future, you’re not just paying for pretty pictures thrown into a book. You’re investing in your legacy, in your memories which in 10- or 20-years’ time will have only grown in value. This is one of the only assets we purchase that increases in value with each passing year.
SandS Photography | View Profile
It is extremely important to find the right photographer for the day as the photographer will be around all day long and you wish to have photos to cherish all the lifetime.
Our first advice would be to understand what style of photography you like – simply search the world’s best wedding photographers and see what wedding photography can be and what type of photography makes your heart beat faster. Get inspired, make a board for visuals with images you love! Then see from local suppliers who are doing a similar style of work. Always look through real weddings as they will give you the best insight about the photographer – their approach, style even personality. Look for the photographer who is willing to meet you before your wedding – it is a great chance to go through all the details and strategic planning. My advice is – don’t look only for pretty pictures, see what feels true to you, which photography resonates within you!
David McAuley Photography | View Profile
It can be like comparing apples & oranges and quickly get overwhelming. It’s not just about images but experience, personality, willingness to engage, adapt etc. Keep in mind you are the customer, not somebody doing them a favour by letting them shoot your wedding. Also, somebody’s suggestion/recommendation is based on their experience and the same one may not be compatible with you.
A good approach would be determine first what you want in terms of coverage of your day e.g. Morning preparations through to First dance, then do you want an album(s) or digital images only (maybe deferring an album).
Travers Photography | View Profile
When a couple is choosing their photographer the advice I would give is besides the dress and rings the photos are the heirloom that is next most important, so I would recommend to go for an album, if someone wants photos for just social media that’s fine just consider will Instagram or Facebook still be in business in 20 years.
Also your wedding photographer spends the most time working as a service provider on your day, so make sure you get along with them pretty well and have talked to them before you book them and like their manner.
Quality over quantity: it doesnt matter how many photos you get weather it’s 3000 or 500. I see bidding wars occur between photographers promising x amount of images, that’s not important. A carefully currated selection is better than everything including blinks. The photos should be well edited by an experienced eye.
Sophia Travers | View Profile
I would advise couples looking for a wedding photographer to first decide on what style of images they like, and then choose a photographer that works in that particular style. Also, your photographer will play a crucial role in the smooth running of your day, so choose someone who really listens to what you want and can give advice on how to structure the day- there’s no point in being away from your guests doing lots of staged photos if you are looking for natural images of you enjoying yourselves with them at the greatest party you’ve ever thrown! And lastly, any investment you make on good photography will be worth it- your images will always be a reminder of your day long after it is all over and done, and you will want to remember how you looked and felt and who was with you, so you want to know you will love these images. Research carefully and get the right photographer for you even if it means setting aside a little bit extra to put towards it.
Wojciech Koza Photography | View Profile
Ask your photographers to show you 2 or 3 full galleries from Real Weddings they have shot. It will cost you nothing but you will get an idea of what your final collection of photos might look like after the wedding. Stay especially cautious if the photographer doesn’t have any Real Wedding content on his website and all he has is a mix of photos (all from different weddings) in the portfolio. Some photographers produce 15 stunning images from every wedding, but the remaining 900 photos are very poor. For good reason, they show future clients only the best of the best. If you pick your photographer by looking only at photos he has in the portfolio – you won’t get a full sample of his work.