It's hard work photographing weddings
“Do I really need to provide my wedding photographer with a meal?” YES! I have the proof that wedding photographers need to take on the same calories as a Tour de France cyclist or they will faint during the speeches.
When I turned 50 a few years ago I realised I was in a bit of trouble. The good years had been a bit too good to me and photographing 2 - 3 weddings a week had suddenly become really tough. I was over-weight and out of condition. Back to back Summer weddings in the heat, with all the stress and logistical nightmares, had become so exhausting that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to continue into my 50’s unless I restricted my workload to one wedding a week. Unfortunately this just wouldn’t work financially and so I decided to get back in shape to cope with the workload. I joined the gym and went on a diet. It all went OK for the first six months but as anyone who has ever tried this will tell you - it gets really really boring! On the verge of giving up I did what every professional photographer would do and bought a gadget.
Breaking down the process of choosing your photographer into more manageable parts, to ensure you are not overwhelmed
It is your big day so everything has to be flawless, and in order to capture everything perfectly, you need to choose the best photographer for you. On your big day it could be argued that choosing the right photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make. This is because this is the person who will be immortalising all your memories, and you want everything to be captured in the way you have always imagined. But with all the other decisions and problems you have to deal with before your wedding, how do you make the job of choosing your photographer as simple and effective as possible? There are a few simple guidelines to make sure you and your photographer are on the same page…
Searching for a wedding photographer
I’m saying this as I’m assuming you’ve come here because you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding in 2013 or 2014. We’ve just seen a massive spike in traffic to our lovely wedding venue site - Find a Wedding Venue. And one thing we’ve learnt after 9 years on-line is that once people have found a wedding venue then finding a wedding photographer is not too far behind. Image courtesy of The Wedding Shoot
If you’ve just started to look for a photographer for your big day then you may be a bit confused about all the various styles, prices, packages and options available. The good news is that there has never been a better time to book a wedding photographer. The days of being ordered around and standing in line for hours on end only to end up with a dull set of wedding photos are long gone. The fact is that there are some incredibly talented photographers shooting weddings today and the choice of styles and options is varied. The downside is that this can make your decision harder to make. So much choice!
Help your wedding photographer
So you've spent a lot of time on Find a Wedding Photographer. Saved a list of favourites. Made some enquiries and been to a few appointments. Seen some great wedding photography portfolios and finally booked a top professional wedding photographer to cover your big day. You can sit back and relax knowing that the photography for your wedding is in safe hands. However there are a few things you can do to make sure everything runs smoothly during the event.
We've carried out a unique survey of over 2000 wedding photographers on our Linkedin group where we asked them "What do you wish your clients had told you before the wedding" and so after months of painstaking research we are pleased to be able to bring you a brand new article in our help and advice section - Top Ten Ways to Help your Wedding Photographer
image courtesy of Henrik Winther Andersen