Planning your wedding is probably one of the most exciting, stressful but ultimately rewarding life experiences that anyone has to go through and the best part is that you get to keep the precious memories alive forever through a wedding album.
Choosing a photographer for your big day is one of the hardest decisions. Not only is a large chunk of your budget going their way, but you also need to be sure that they can deliver exactly what you want.
A good wedding photographer will let you decide how much or how little input they have on your choice and style of pictures, the location and whether you are going for the traditional formal approach or a more contemporary informal feel. If you have a very particular idea about how you want things to turn out it`s important to discuss this with your photographer in advance in case any specialist arrangements need to be made.
Many couples opt for an informal approach to their wedding photographs allowing the photographer, or team of photographers, to shadow them and the guests throughout the day. This is a fantastic solution if you don`t like the idea of posing for the camera or making guests stand around for a couple of hours after the ceremony. The end result is an album full of stunning natural pictures where everyone looks happy and relaxed, capturing the true atmosphere of your wedding. If there are a lot of children among the guests this can be a great way of getting them photographed without them becoming bored and restless.
The best advice when searching for a wedding photographer is that you can`t beat recommendation. A portfolio of technically stunning wedding photos might look impressive, but the photographer needs to have a rapport with the wedding party and guests. A good wedding photographer will make everyone feel comfortable, do exactly what you have asked for and won`t get in your way or hold up the proceedings by taking too long organising formal group photos.
If you have seen a friend`s wedding album, you like the quality of the photographs and they can honestly say that they have had a good all round experience with their photographer, then that should be the green light for success. Don`t just assume that because a photographer is more expensive than anyone else that they will be better or more experienced as they are probably just overpriced. Always ask to see previous work and if possible talk to people who have used them and been happy with the result.
If you are planning on a civil ceremony in the UK and then jetting off for a luxury honeymoon where you might want the majority of wedding photographs to be staged, London can offer plenty of hotels near Heathrow airport so that you have a quick getaway to your dream destination straight after your wedding and travel companies specialising in wedding and honeymoon holidays can usually advise on trusted wedding photographers abroad.