Struggling to decide which lincolnshire photographer is right for you? With so much choice out there when looking for a wedding photographer, I felt the need to write a blog post giving future bride and grooms advice on what I believe you need to be on the lookout for. Planning a wedding can be daunting, and finding that person who will be with you all day capturing those moments for a lifetime, simply too hard a decision. A simple google search will pull up thousands of wedding photographers and within that haystack will be the needle you are looking for. The tips below will help you cross many off your list straight away.

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Discuss your budget

Firstly, approach things with an open mind, the worst thing you can do is limit yourself from the first hurdle. A common mistake is setting a budget and sticking to that with no movement either side. This will cause lots of problems and close doors for you. The same goes when looking at photographer’s websites – they may or may not have prices listed for you to view, always email them and gain a rapport with them to see what they offer. You might find that you need less hours than the package price listed, or fall on a day that could offer discount – which in turn will effect that initial price seen on the website greatly.

Once you have spoken to a few photographers, arrange meetings to see your favourite ones. Remember – for the sake of £50 go with your gut instinct.

When you’re looking at your photographs in 50 year’s time, you want the only regret to be that you can’t experience the day again in person, not how awful the photographs are.

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Can we see full weddings?

Every professional wedding photographer will bring their laptop or provide you with links to view online with full weddings available. Not only will this give you a sense of their style, but it will show you those photographs they haven’t shown the public in their main portfolio. It will show you the structure they follow and different situations they deal with. You might find they are more posed shot / group oriented or the complete opposite pure documentary, sometimes even a mix!

This will give you a good idea on what to expect when it comes to your wedding, if anything it gives you a level of reassurance and trust. Anyone with a decent camera can produce an amazing one off shot, but with a professional expect to see ‘wow’ shot after ‘wow’ shot. 

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Can you make a custom package?

Every photographer will have their main packages listed on their website, but they can also make you a custom package at the meeting. Don’t be scared to discuss what you want on your day.

I follow a modular package structure giving clients the choice to remove sections but not impacting on the important events of their day. In my experience, from a vast range of different types of weddings, I understand those essential moments you wouldn’t want to miss – I always class these as my ‘must haves’ – typically my base package.

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Do you have insurance and a backup shooter?

Insurance should be the first thing any legitimate business should do when they set up. Not only does this cover them from any loss or damages, but it will also protect you as a client. No matter how perfect life is, every now and then things happen and these need to be dealt with professionally and legally.

Another often looked over method of insurance is backup gear. The reason being, is if a camera or lens breaks they have another to cover your wedding. These things happen A LOT if you are a busy wedding photographer, I can recall twice this year I’ve had to pull backup gear out. This caused no problems or disrupts to the wedding day, as I was prepared. The same goes with the photographer themselves, I always have backup shooters (local professional friends) that can cover me at a drop of a hat in case of injury or illness to myself.

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Will you photograph specific requests?

I always encourage my couples to bring a list of specific shots they want to request. This can be photos from Pinterest or some basic ideas. This way I can help set your expectations – no matter how hard I try it will be impossible to create sunny, beach photographs of a winter wedding (without a great deal of editing!). You may require a certain style of photography, entirely styled, artistic or posed which will then allow me to know the type of result you are expecting. I would never copy an image directly, but I will listen to you and see what inspires you with that image and make my own interpretation for you.

This said, please keep in mind that too many requests may impact on your wedding day and you run the risk of turning it into a factory processed wedding. Your guests know you will want certain photos, but three pages and two hours of different group shots later everyone will be frustrated. I generally recommend one or two specific shots and then leave the rest to the professional to use their judgement on capturing the moments in between – who doesn’t want a bit of fun and surprise on their wedding day?

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Do you recommend any other suppliers – e.g Florist, Videographer?

Being an established wedding photographer we meet all kinds of wedding vendors – while I will never ever mention bad things about vendors, I will always go out my way to recommend vendors that have supplied exceptional services over the years. Even if you don’t go with a particular photographer after a meeting, his/her recommendations on other suppliers will help you further down the road of your wedding journey.

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When should I book?

After your venue, your photographer should be next on your list. Florists, dress makers and even venue dressers to a certain extent can cater for multiple weddings on the same day, yet a photographer can’t. Some of the best wedding photographer’s in the world are booked up years in advance and so if you know who you want, get them booked. This doesn’t mean you won’t find someone last minute, but it would mean you have less choice. Busier periods, Saturdays in the warmer months book up well in advance so why wait? Plus, you can lock in that price and know that one major part of your day is arranged.

Final word..

I can’t possibly cover every detail in this list, as there is so much to ask which is individual to you, but this is a good start. I always offer advice where I can and so if there is anything I can do for you or any further questions you may have about anything discussed in this article, just send me a message and I will get right back to you. I love to help and your question may even end up being added!

Contact me…

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