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Your Essential Photography Checklist

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Apart from your awesome memories, your dress and a few other keepsakes, the one thing you’ll be left with after your wedding is your photographs! You’re probably sick to the gills of people telling you that your wedding day will go by in a flash, ‘blah, blah, blah,’ but sadly ladies and gents, it is the truth. The day really will fly by, so it’s vitally important that you chose a photographer who is going to capture everything about the day, in the way you want, so that you can look back at the pictures time and again with a huge smile on your face.

But with thousands of photographers out there to choose from, how do you really pick the wheat from the chaff? Well thankfully we’re here to help you shed some light on the subject. With our years of wedding planning we know all the tips and tricks to making sure you pick the best snapper to suit your big day. If you’d like to chat more about how we can help bring the wow factor to your wedding day, then please contact us on’t forget to visit our Facebook Page for regular wedding updates too

Apart from your awesome memories, your dress and a few other keepsakes, the one thing you’ll be left with after your wedding is your photographs! You’re probably sick to the gills of people telling you that your wedding day will go by in a flash, ‘blah, blah, blah,’ but sadly ladies and gents, it is the truth. The day really will fly by, so it’s vitally important that you chose a photographer who is going to capture everything about the day, in the way you want, so that you can look back at the pictures time and again with a huge smile on your face.

But with thousands of photographers out there to choose from, how do you really pick the wheat from the chaff? Well thankfully we’re here to help you shed some light on the subject. With our years of wedding planning we know all the tips and tricks to making sure you pick the best snapper to suit your big day. If you’d like to chat more about how we can help bring the wow factor to your wedding day, then please contact us on’t forget to visit our Facebook Page for regular wedding updates too

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Crucial Questions –

What is your style?

More importantly, what style of photography do you like? It’s something you may never have thought much about before now, but there are certainly a variety of shooting styles employed by different photographers. For example do you like the more traditional posed pictures, or do you like those shots that are captured when you’re not even looking at the camera? Or do you like a mix of both? It’s important that you decide, as this will set the entire tone of your wedding photos. Have a look on Pinterest and spend some time googling different styles until you find one you like.

Portfolio

Make sure you have a look at the photographer’s previous work. Look at their albums in the flesh, as well as online galleries. Find out if they have done weddings in your venue before and discuss the grounds and what shots they think will work well.

Budget

People can often be surprised at the cost of a wedding photographer, but that said, there is certainly is a wide spectrum to choose from.  It can be tempting to search out the cheapest quote and go with that, but bear in mind these photos are very important and often quality is reflected in the price. Of course when you’ve found a photographer whose work you like, there’s no harm driving a good bargain with him or her! Also ask if there are travel costs involved too.

How Much of the Day Do They Cover?

When it comes to wedding photography a lot of assumptions can be made on the part of the couple, such as the photographer will be there to take pictures all day and night! However, that’s not always the case, so make sure you ask them how much of the day they cover? Is it from the getting ready part in the morning to the call for dinner, or do they extend to the first dance? Make sure to check to avoid any disappointment.

Albums and Packages

Another important topic to cover with your photographer is what’s included in their various packages. You’ll need to decide if you want an album or not or whether you just want the digital images.  Discuss how many shots they will take overall and how many will actually fit in the album if you’re getting one done. Also find out when you’ll actually get to see your pictures. Surprisingly it can take weeks or months to see your shots online, so be prepared to be a little patient.

Personality

It may seem like an odd point, but bear in mind you and your partner will be spending a good bit of your wedding day with your photographer, so make sure it’s someone you can get on with and someone who is on your wavelength.

Essential Shots

It might seem as if most wedding pictures are obvious; ones of you both getting ready, the walk down the aisle, the ones in the church or ceremony venue, some of you as a couple, the bridal party, the two families etc., but your wedding day will go by in such a flash, it’s a really good idea to go through what shots you plan to take ahead of the big day. Most photographers will do this in a pre-wedding meeting, but to make sure you’re not left sitting around after your wedding thinking, ‘I should have taken a picture of x, y or z,’ here’s a quick list of some of less obvious shots you might want to consider having.

Close ups of the dress, flowers and button holes

A picture of the invitation

Mother/bride portrait

Father/Bride portrait

Mother/Groom portrait

Father/Groom portrait

Best man adjusting Groom’s tie

First look shots (if you are doing this instead of the reveal at the end of the aisle)

Grooms reaction

A shot of the entire wedding group from above in the church (if the church has a balcony)

Shots of the guests at the reception (this is the part of the day you are likely to miss so it’s key to capture some of it)

Throwing the bouquet (consider doing this earlier in the day if your photographer won’t be there for the evening part)

Shots of guests at their tables (this can act as a nice gift to put in the thank you cards)

Shots with any props you have brought along

A thank you card shot (a picture with a specially made balloon or sign that says Thank You which you’ll then use for your thank you cards)

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