Finding a local wedding photographer.
Sometimes it is important to find local suppliers and that includes looking for wedding photographers near you.
Local Wedding Photographer.
Local Wedding Photographers.
Although I cover all of the UK and Europe I know it can be important to find local suppliers to some couples.
I will start to add some of the people I would recommend and have worked within different areas here.
This list will be updated from time to time as I get to know more wedding supplier and I hope will help you to find a wedding photographer near you. that suits your style.
Choosing a good wedding photographer is a big decision and a significant investment.
Knowing they are nearby can give you some sense of security.
I have also found that knowing they have photographed weddings at your chosen wedding venue helps couples feel more confident.
Trust is often a big consideration and another reason for looking for a local wedding vendor.
Most of my bookings now come from recommendations from previous clients or guests at weddings I have photographed.
I like this, I would rather be contacted because I was recommended by a previous client than get 100’s of calls because I rank number 1 on google.
There is only so much you can learn from a website. All quality wedding photographers will have lots of pretty pictures on their sites. All will boast about their awards.
Even the not so good photographers will have lots of good images on their sites, I’ve heard of people stealing other photographers images to make a site just to get bookings or using stock images.
Everybody knows somebody who has been married reasonably recently and people will always be honest about their experiences with wedding vendors.
There are many websites that offer to help you find quality wedding suppliers. Many have lots of useful information but the biggest problem with them is in almost all cases a vendor pays for a listing or at the very least pays for their position.
As with google searches, we tend to look only at the top few. This means we are choosing from the wedding photographers that have paid the most to be in those top positions.
What is important to you?
This is probably the best way to wade through what sometimes feels like overwhelming choices.
What is it you want from your wedding photographer and vendors in general?
Photographers near you.
Is price your biggest decision maker?
Somebody once told me ‘Quality is rarely cheap and cheap is rarely quality”
This is not to say you should pay over the odds but at the same time, you should consider how important it is to have quality wedding photography and how you will look back on the images in the future.
There are many cheap options out there. Try posting on Facebook “I am looking for a wedding photographer, can anybody suggest somebody” It will probably be your most interacted post. You will probably get links and messages from local photographers offering to photograph your wedding for a few hundred pounds.
There are many people out there who can take pretty good pictures and want to make a little extra money at the weekend, so £200 is a good little extra for them.
On the other side of the scale, there are some of the high-end wedding photographers charging in excess of £10,000 and some charging significantly more than that.
As a guide and depending on what articles you read a good quality wedding photographer will be between 10-15% of your total wedding budget.
When planning your wedding try to set budgets for each element and try to stick to them. It is so easy for your wedding day to get out of control.
Quality Wedding Photography.
Is reputation or recommendation your most important consideration? –
Reviews on a website or a google listing are one thing. Talking to a friend or somebody you trust is much more reassuring.
We do this all the time, we ask those we know what they think about a restaurant we are considering going to. A car we are considering buying. A film we might want to see. So it makes sense to do the same with our wedding plans.
This is where I get most of my wedding photography bookings and I couldn’t be happier about that. It means my clients were happy with the product and service I supplied and hopefully enjoyed the experience.
Is style what draws you in? –
With many wedding-related decisions, this is a crucial factor. It could be the featured wedding photography image the photographer shows on his home page.
A beautifully lit image at sunset of a bride and groom set against a historic castle. Your dream wedding car to collect you from the church to go to the service as your wedding guests wave you off.
A wedding cake that captures your unique personality and makes you say wow!
But keep in mind, these styles are a little like fashions. They come and go. What might look like an amazing and unique image today could end up being the wedding photography equivalent of a mullet in the future.
It is good to get some wow images with good lighting or some interesting effect but the photographs you will look back on in the future are those that capture the emotions of the day. The pictures that show the interactions between people. The images that capture those special moments.
Good Photography and Style.
Is the wedding suppliers location your main concern? –
As I touched on before this can be important to some couples. Knowing your wedding photographer or vendor is local can be reassuring.
If they have worked at your chosen venue might give you more confidence that all will go smoothly. Or that they know all the spots to get the best photographs.
There is some truth in this but every wedding vendor should be working together with whoever they are with to give the best service to that couple on that day.
My experience has been that this is almost always the case. I have obviously photographed in venues that I have never seen before and I always find the staff more than happy to suggest the prettiest locations.
This mainly because they want to do the best for the couple but also because they might get to use some pretty pictures to help market themselves.
I work all over the UK and have travelled as far as California to photograph weddings and always find the people at a venue very helpful and friendly.
Select Quality Services.
Decide what is important and look for it.
Easy to say and sometimes easy to forget. Figure out what things are important to you and look for vendors that fit that. Don’t be distracted by things you don’t need or want.
Be straight with your wedding photographer and vendors and tell them what you want. It is your day and it will help them.
If they are any good they will want to give you the best experience and have you go away happy and eager to recommend them to others.
An additional bonus section.
This information comes from the Wedding Ideas web page.
Find the Best.
5 Steps to Choosing a Good Wedding Photographer.
When choosing your wedding photographer, you want to ensure they create the wedding album you’ve always dreamed of.
We’ve spoken to the professionals to get some key insight on how to find quality wedding photographers.
Your photographer should capture every detail of your wedding day. From your place card holders to your hair accessories and your makeup applications, it’s your photographer’s responsibility to capture it all but make sure you mention any items that are important to you.
We firmly believe in investing in the right wedding photographer as your photos are one of the most important aspects of your big day.
1. It pays to have the best
While you can get a good deal with a photographer who’s new to the industry, you do need to find someone you trust to get it right. Perfection comes with experience.
“It sounds obvious but set your photography budget before reaching out to wedding photographers.”
2. Browse your photographer’s portfolio
Look through the portfolio of any photographer you’re considering. You won’t just be looking for examples of the weddings they’ve captured. You’ll also be looking at their different styles and approaches. When you find the photos that resonate with you, you’ve found your style and photographer.
“Before you meet your favourite photographer, ask them to bring along a few sample albums of their work,”
3. Decide on the right style
A professional photographer distinguishes all the subtleties of shooting a wedding.
They’ll know exactly when to photograph your groom as he first sees you walking down the aisle, how to achieve the perfect confetti shot, and what to do in the event of rain.
A creative and flexible approach often results in the most breathtaking and brilliant wedding photographs.
“Decide what style you’re after, Says Jay Rowden, “[Be it] documentary, fine art, natural, contemporary, traditional”.
4. Create a detailed action plan
Everything from your chosen venue to the time of year will affect your wedding photographs.
If you’ve got your heart set on certain shots, like couple’s portraits at sunset or a sparkler send-off photo, then you need to talk it through with your photographer.
More often than not, your photographer will offer a pre-wedding shoot to help you both gauge what kind of shots you want. It makes taking the photos on your big day that bit quicker and more efficient.
5. Make sure you’ve both done your homework
“Make sure you do your homework on photographers. Draw up a list of your three favourite photographers.”
“Then properly review their websites and blogs, check out the socials for their latest work and make sure you look at feedback”.
This way, you have a firm idea of what kind of photography style you’ll receive and you can help pull together some ideas of what shots you want.
You can scope out the quality and the range of skills your photographer has.
The last thing you want is to fork out all that money on your wedding day and not have some fantastic photos to look back on.
If you have any specific questions in your area or would like to recommend a wedding photographer or vendor that you feel has given outstanding value and service to you please feel free to get in touch and I will look into adding them to the “wedding photographers near me’ list.
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