Choosing a Wedding Photographer

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Many brides get so pre-occupied by choosing venues, dresses and themes that they forget to book the photographer! Once you've set the date and booked your venue it's time to find one. Ideally you should book your photographer at least 12 months before your wedding as good ones get booked up way in advance. You should also check that you wedding venue allows photography to be taken during the ceremony.

Wedding Photography Styles

You and your fiance should think about the types of photos you like before meeting up with a photographer. Whether vintage, modern, arty or natural photos, on digital or film cameras, you will want your photographer to paint a story of your day and perhaps mix and match photo styles – some posed in magazine style, some in black and white. It is really important to find a photographer who you feel comfortable in the presence of. You may want to meet a few photographers to see their portfolio and get a price quote before choosing one. Many photographers have some sort of portfolio on their website so often you can narrow down the ones you like online. 

Finding a Wedding Photographer

Photographers working in your area can be found at local wedding shows, online in wedding directories such as Just Wedding Plans or advertised in magazines. You may have friends or acquaintances that know of a good photographer or your venue may have some recommendations.

Meeting up with your photographer will allow you to find out exactly what you will get from their package and see more of their work.

Wedding Photography Price and Packages

The cost of wedding photographers really does vary with the average costing between £800 – £3000. However, cheaper packages may be available for mid-week or out of season weddings. The more you pay the more experienced the photographer should be and the better package you should get. Basic packages will just supply you with a disc of images which you can make into an album yourself, whilst others will include engagement photos, albums and large prints. How long you want your photographer to stay at the venue or if they have an assistant will also influence the price. Most photographers will arrive two hours before the ceremony and leave half an hour after the first dance. Some photographers also offer online galleries where guests may log in to see the photos and order some for themselves or you could upload the photos yourself for guests on a site such as

Some photographers may expect their transport costs to be covered in addition, and it is common-practice to provide them with a meal to keep them going!

Wedding Photographer Contract

It is important to get your photographer to write down exactly what your package includes in a contract. This should also include the cost, the time your photographer will arrive and leave the wedding and when you'll get your photos back (should be on your return from honeymoon).  You should also check that your photographer has professional liability and indemnity insurance should anything go wrong.

Once you've found a suitable photographer and agreed a package, sit back and look forward to a picture-perfect wedding.