Every year, we have our annual photo shoot, which happens to be in a few weeks time, so we have invited one of our photographers, the wonderfully talented Lois Rowlands from Lois Photography to be our guest blogger for April. Lois is sharing her top tips on how to choose a wedding photographer, how you can get the best out of them and questions you should ask your photographer.
Choosing a wedding photographer is like buying a house - Everything about choosing suppliers for your wedding reminds me of buying a house: settle on a budget and do your research into different companies. Once you have a few quotes and have met with a few suppliers, you can start to get a clear idea of what you want.
Wedding photographers know when to be in the right place at the right time, they understand people management as well as taking great photographs. They have bad weather options up their sleeves and most wedding photographers offer a clear turnaround time for editing and delivering the images. My usual turnaround time is around 3-4 weeks.
1. Choose someone you really click with - your wedding photographer will usually be with you all day, from when you're getting ready, until late into the evening. Make sure you love the photographs you see on their website and social media, and meet your photographer either at a wedding show or arrange to meet for a cuppa to discuss the plans for your big day.
2. Enjoy the day! You have spent months, sometimes years planning and saving for your big day, sit back and have fun. Smile, laugh and love the moments, and your photographer will be able to capture plenty of memories for you to cherish.
3. Communicate - I always meet with my couples and get them to fill out a pre-wedding questionnaire and suggest some group photographs they would like. This way, I know exactly who is who and what is happening where. I do all of the organising and communicating before the wedding day, so when the big day comes, I can just work my way through the wedding enjoying capturing all of the moments.
4. Allow time - your wedding day will go SO fast! Allow enough time between the ceremony and sitting down for your meal to mingle with your guests. Enjoy a few canapés, have a relaxing drink and enjoy it. What also takes time is any formal group photographs and even just a small bride and groom session. You don't want this to eat up all of your time, so I suggest leaving at least an hour and a half to two hours between the end of the ceremony and call through for dinner.
5. Consider a pre-wedding shoot - lots of couples have a pre-wedding shoot or engagement shoot before the wedding. This is a great way to get to know your photographer and it will take the nerves away from having your photographs taken on your big day, plus you get some gorgeous romantic photographs of the two of you.
I offer a storytelling style of photography. I like my photographs to be fun, well composed, focused and well edited. I love my job and I have been a full time wedding photographer for over five years and wouldn't change it for anything!
Thank you Lois for sharing all of that wonderful advice with us. If you would like more information about Lois and her photography services, please visit Loisphotography.co.uk.
We just had to share our favourite photo from our Katie's wedding who had Lois as her photographer. Who would have known it was incredibly windy! Such a great confetti shot.
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