Looking for a wedding photographer can be overwhelming. There are HUNDREDS of us, all with different styles and different ways of working. There's no one size fits all approach to choosing a wedding photographer, and that's why the feeling when you find "the one" is the best! I thought I'd put together a few tips to keep in mind when searching for the perfect photographer and what to do on the big day!
1. Choose a style you're in love with
Alright, so this one sounds pretty obvious - choose the photographer with the pretty pictures - but you'd be surprised how difficult it is to nail what your preferred style is. Even as a photographer, I found it hard to book my own wedding photographer; I was literally bombarded with amazing photographers' websites and it wasn't until I jotted down a few of my non-negotiables when it came to wedding coverage that I found my dream photographer. A good place to start would be to note down a few things that you love about wedding photography you've seen. If you love clean, modern style photography don't book a vintage styled photographer who shoots primarily on 35mm film!
2. Have an engagement shoot
If you're dreading having photos taken on your wedding day, an engagement shoot is the perfect way to prepare for it. You might be thinking "EVEN MORE PHOTOS?!" but trust me - an engagement shoot really helps take away the nerves. It's great preparation to get used to how your photographer works and gives you amazing posing practice.
3. Have your makeup done in a well lit area
Bridal preparation shots can be incredibly flattering and gorgeous reminders of the preparation part of your day. Make sure the area you choose to get ready in is well lit, ideally by a window. Not only does this help your photographer, but it helps your makeup artist too! Win-win.
4. Leave plenty of time for portraits
One of my favourite parts of the wedding day is when I get to take the happy couple out to find some amazing locations to get some incredible photos. The only time this makes me sad is when I have to try and cram this into ten minutes. The time you spend on these portraits can be one of the only times you get to spend (almost) alone on the day - obviously I'll be there, but I'll be like a photography ninja. The more time you allow for these shots, the more amazing photographs you have for your album! Ideally, I like to take at least half an hour for these shots.
5. Love yourself
Let's face it, your wedding day is weird enough with all eyes on you both and you don't have your photograph taken very often from all angles all day, but relax. Remember what's important about the day; you're marrying the love of your life! Stay relaxed, take time out to just breathe and remember that you're beautiful and your pictures will be a gorgeous reminder of one of the most exciting days of your life.
6. Be natural
I prefer it when my couples ignore me. Honestly. I love candid, natural shots and hate to direct my lovely couples too heavily. Couples portraits are gorgeous when they're relaxed and natural, so resist temptation to do your best Kate Moss. Look at your partner, laugh and cuddle. Ignore the photographer!
7. Don't worry
If you love your photographer, remember that you can trust them. They'll know how to get the best candid shots, the best portraits and the best group shots. Remember you booked them for a reason - just relax, enjoy your day and get excited for the delivery of the photos!