While I am not in any way a pro with a camera, taking photos and capturing those special moments has always been really important to me. At university I was never without my little camera (ok fine, cameras – there were many thanks to a few too many glasses of wine and a traumatic incident with a canoe!) and two years ago, in preparation for our Everest Base Camp trek, I finally bought what I call my first “grown up” camera – a Canon EOS 1100D. A decision well made and a camera I would highly recommend to any photography novices looking to purchase their first SLR.
So I guess it goes without saying that after getting engaged, finding and picking our wedding photographer(s) was high up on our list of priorities and is, in my opinion, one of THE most important decisions any couple make for their wedding day.
RBJ and I had a long list of things that were important to us when it came to shortlisting photographers: we were looking for someone who can take emotional yet beautiful shots of a day that everyone keeps telling us will go by very quickly. We also wanted someone to capture the little details that make our wedding ours and doesn’t just take the same old prescribed cliche photos at every wedding they attend.
Shortlisting our favourite few wasn’t too hard – we knew we wanted a reportage style and we had a rough budget (which rapidly increased when we realised what a good wedding photographer costs). We also received a few recommendations from friends. Once our shortlist had received the photography expert seal of approval from my camera savvy big sis, we arranged to Skype each of them and I prepared a list of questions to ask, including the following:
- How long have you been in the business and are weddings your main focus?
- What is your general approach to the day/ style?
- How many photos do you normally take?
- How and when do we get the final photos?
- Price, deposit and payment plans plus the cost for albums
- Importance of going a pre shoot?
- Do they need to come and see the venue before?
- What happens if you are ill?
In the end, apart from price, the decision really came down to two things: