Choosing a photographer
Who should take your wedding pictures?
Word of mouthRecommendation is by far the best way to find a photographer. Ask local friends and family who have recently married who they used and whether they were happy with the service. Ask to see the photos to make sure you like the style -- your friends may have liked their photographer because their style was very formal while you may be looking something different. Personal recommendation from someone who's tried and trusted a photographer is worth its weight in gold.
Beware of amateursBe aware that asking a friend to take on the photography could lead to disaster. Unless they have had some sort of experience or training, you might be left with no decent lasting photographs of your big day and you could regret not spending the money after all.
Qualifications countIt’s wise to check whether your photographer is a member of the MPA (Master Photographers Association), BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photographers) or Guild of Wedding Photographers.
Be preparedStart your search for a photographer early, as good photographers get booked up a long time in advance.
Look aroundBefore you make your final choice, try to visit at least three photographers -- check out their studio and staff and don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask to see full wedding album samples and make sure that the photographs are the work of the photographer who will be taking your wedding pictures -- not simply the best photos from the studio.
Term timeIt helps to have some understanding of photographic terms before you meet photographers.
- Medium format: This refers to the size of the film and therefore the size of the camera used and will dictate the style of photographs. For versatility and speed of photos, 35mm film is more than adequate and can be blown up to a good size. Using 35mm film can be less obtrusive as there is no need for a tripod.
- Proofs: These are the initial photos that will be produced and will usually include every photo taken during the day. It is from these photos that you will choose which selected photographs go into your album.
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