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Written by Amy Croffey Last updated: February 10, 2012
Your wedding photographs are the lasting images of your special day. They could be the most beautiful and most momentous photos of your life, so it’s important to find the right person to entrust them to.
Image courtesy of Douglas Fry
Beware of amateurs
Be aware that asking a friend to take on the photography could lead to disaster. You probably know a friend who has an interest in photography, they have a big camera, some books, and some impressive technical garb they learned online, but unless they have some experience or training, you are playing with fire entrusting them to capture one of the biggest and most important occasions of your life. If you do decide to ask your mate to take a few snaps on the day, make peace now with that fact you could be left with no decent lasting photographs of your big day, huge regrets and a friend in the dog house.
It’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 before you book him/her. These bodies are accredited full time photographer associations and have reliable codes of conduct so you know you’re in good hands.
Recommendation is by far the best way to find a good photographer, and one that’s right for you. Log on to the Confetti forums and request recommendations or testimonials from other girls in your area. Before you make your final choice, try to meet at least three photographers and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Before meeting a photographer, ask whether they are available on your wedding date and check that they cover your area.
When you meet, ask the following questions:
Confirm costs in writing before booking and remember that if the price seems high it’s because wedding photography does not simply include the time that you see the photographer. It is more than a few hours work and usually involves two to three days work in total.
Find your perfect wedding photographer on Confetti! You can search by region for a whole list of your local wedding photographers and see examples of their work online.