Hooray, it’s engagement season! It’s been great to see lots of exciting enquiries hitting my inbox these past couple of weeks from newly engaged couples – I can’t wait to get stuck into the wedding season ahead. For those of you just embarking on your wedding planning journey, I’ve put together a few tips and things to think about when booking your photographer.
Think about the style of photography you like
Sounds obvious but, what sort of photography style are you drawn to? There is a lot of choice out there and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with options. When you’re ready to start thinking about booking your wedding photographer, take the time to look through Instagram/Pinterest/Google and save images you’re drawn to. Once you’ve got a collection of images have a think about what they have in common, whether that’s editing style, aesthetic or photography style (documentary, editorial, traditional etc.). This will give you a good starting point on your search for a wedding photographer.
Reach out to photographers EARLY
Once you’ve locked a date in and got your venue sorted, it’s probably time to think about booking your photographer. Wedding photographers can get booked up anywhere up to two years in advance so to avoid disappointment, reach out to your favourites as soon as you can!
Talk to your photographer before you book them!
Once you’ve reached out to your shortlist of favourite photographers to establish whether they’re available on your wedding date, arrange a time to have a video call with each of them. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how they work and ask any questions you might have but most importantly, it’s a chance for you to get to know each other! You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person on your wedding day so it’s important you like them and can envisage them being a part of your day (you’re also MUCH more likely to relax around them if you like them and a relaxed couple = better photos!).
Should I have an engagement shoot?
Once you’ve booked THE ONE, you might decide to have an engagement/pre wedding shoot. It’s a great opportunity to meet your wedding photographer, have a test run in front of the camera plus you’ll get some great shots to use on your save the date/wedding website if you’re using one!
These are just a few tips to get you started. And in the spirit of this journal post, you can have a look through my portfolio to get a better feel for my work and style and if you like what I do, let’s have a chat! Please do bear in mind that I have limited availability for 2023 and lots of enquiries already coming in for 2024.