lefore you book! By Brides cture editor, Hannah Lamacraft before you book, Picture
1 WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO SHOW ME A GALLERY OF IMAGES OF ONE WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH?
A photographer’s website will always showcase their dazzling best bits and, yes, that cake shot may be pretty, but do they have the skill and stamina to nail those beautiful pictures from your ceremony all the way through to the crucial final dance shots?
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WILL YOU BE ABLE TO MEET USATTHEVENUE FORA RECCE BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY?
This is a perfect opportunity to scout out locations for those key shots and check that you are all on the same page. Perhaps that unexpected blossom tree would make a lovely backdrop for your group shots? Plus, this is also a good time to come up with a wet-weather plan (just in case).
AREYOUABLE TO COVERALL THE PREPARATION SHOTS?
If you want pictures of you putting on your dress while your groom is five miles down the road
enjoying a pre-wedding pint with his best man, then you’re going to need two photographers. Some do work in pairs, but others will require an additional fee to find a second shooter.
4 WILL YOU BE ABLE TO EDIT OUR PICTURES AND DESIGN A WEDDING ALBUM FOR US IF WE WANT ONE?
If you don’t want your disc of images to sit gathering dust in a drawer, then it’s essential that you check this one. Not all photographers enjoy this part of the process and some will hand over a gallery of images before swiftly moving on to their next wedding. Others have established relationships with album suppliers and will always offer this service as part of their wedding package.
5 WHAT IF YOU’RE ILL ON THE DAY AND UNABLE TO MAKE IT?
A photographer should have a contract stating that if they can’t attend the wedding, they will offer a refund. They should be insured for this, too. Well-prepared shooters will also have a trusted network of stand-ins with a similar style, and be willing to try and find a replacement if needed urgently.
6 ARE YOU A FAN OF FLASH, OR IS NATURAL LIGHT MORE YOUR BAG?
Photographers working their magic with natural light is the latest trend, and Pinterest is glowing with the results. But if you’re having a winter wedding or an evening ceremony, it’s vital that you see examples of ‘after dark’ shots, when flash is a must.
THE ACTION SHOT
If you’ve spent weeks agonising over your wedding transport, then this is the one for you. Posing next to your vintage Rolls-Royce on the driveway may tick * the ‘check-out-our-flash-wheels’ box, but ask your photographer to snap you speeding away from the venue for something a little more exhilarating.
^Are some of our favourite ways of nailin that perfect ‘you-and-me’ moment
‘Liz and Dan were one of those couples who fall so easily into natural poses and their body language says so much about their closeness. Being framed by the car window gives the shot a voyeuristic feel, like you’re sneaking a look at them having a tender moment.’ Photographer Kate Gray
THE ROMANTIC SHOT
These pictures work best as a spontaneous moment – not posed – and any wedding photographer worth their salt should be looking out for them. Don’t forget to ask for some black-and-white options, if you fancy adding a timeless touch.
Your couple shots will most likely be your only chance during the day when you can have a quiet moment together away from your wedding party and just breathe. Make the most of this by taking a stroll together and hiring a photographer who is happy to stand well back and respect your privacy while grabbing some pictures at the same time.
THE PRIVATE MOMENT SHOT
You’ve booked your dream venue, so why not allow it a starring role in at least a few of your portraits? This picture requires a seriously wide- angle lens to get in every detail!
THE ARTY SHOT
İnstagram has been buzzing with smoke-bomb shots for a while now. Admittedly, this fairy-tale effect used to be a bit hit and miss – think bride and groom completely obscured in a cloud of spluttering smoke – but some more adventurous photographers are now perfecting this art. However, if you do want to add a pop of pink or a splash of yellow to your day, warn them in advance as this shot takes some preparation.
THE UNEXPECTED SHOT
Don’t panic if the heavens open on your big day. Yes, your Manolos may get soggy, but a bit of rain can do wonders for pushing your snapper to think outside the box. Raindrops on the window at this wedding created a beautiful soft-filter effect, giving Sylvia and Philipp’s pictures an ethereal quality.
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