Warren Williams is a specialist wedding and portrait photographer. Read more
I'm planning a wedding and have no idea what to look for when you're looking for a photographer. What should I look out for? How do I know the person won't mess my photos up?
Hmmm - good question. Okay, look, when you’re deciding on your photographer, first decide on what styles and techniques YOU like. It’ll give you a much better idea of who to short-list. Here are a few tips to help you on your way...
Do your homework. Look through bridal magazines and hit the better wedding websites. Look at the photographers and their styles. Find the photographers whose work you like and visit their websites. Draw up a shortlist of 5 or so photographers whose work you really like (choosing a shortlist of too many photographers will probably just confuse you even more).
Decide on your budget then e-mail or call the photographers you’ve selected and ask them for their rates. See which photographers fit in with your budget. Remember, a lot of guests will give you cash as a gift which you can put towards getting a good photographer. The first and most important thing that you will need is a photographer who can capture exactly what you want and then still delight you even more! Look at what your prospective photographers have on offer in terms of material. Are there prints, hi-res CD, coffee table album?
Meet the photographers on your short-list. It’s vitally important that you and your photographer are comfortable with each other.
Attention-to-detail. Make sure beforehand that your photographer has a plan – it doesn’t need to be a military operation, but a plan is needed. Be sure to also have a contract between you and your photographer so that both parties are 100% clear on what is expected.
Now go do your thing!