Choosing a Wedding Photographer

From all areas of professional photography, wedding photography has to be of the most demanding. The photographer has to turn everyday people into stars, making the most out of whatever locations, using natural lighting and a portable flash and working in various weather conditions and within a limited time.
Photographers work from a variety of locations including shops / studios, others work from home. On average, they will undertake 30 – 40 weddings per year; some will employ more photographers and will cover hundreds of weddings a year. Whichever photographer you decide to choose to capture your day, it is important that you are comfortable with your photographer. Ensure that you meet your photographer face to face; you wouldn’t want to find out on your day that you didn’t get on with your photographer. Are they friendly and relaxed, do they appear to be bossy?

The most important factor in choosing your photographer is to meet a number of photographers who specialise in the style which you are looking for. Some will only undertake work in the traditional or classic style, some will only work in the reportage, fun style, and some will cover both styles. The reportage style captures all of the fun and emotions of the day in a candid way. Most photographers will cover your day in a mixture of colour and black & white photographs.

Wedding Photographer

When making an appointment to view work, companies may send out a representative to discuss your package, some will be the photographers themselves, one golden rule is to make sure you are viewing work from the photographer who will be capturing your wedding day, and not just a good selection from various photographers. You must also ask to view a recent actual complete wedding. Is there a good mixture of groups, do the photographs show good detail in the faces and dresses, does the complete wedding picture tell the full story of the day? One thing you might consider when looking through samples, is there a mixture of photographs taken under different lighting conditions?

For most couples, the budget plays an important role into choosing the right photographer. Prices will vary and generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Some photographers will only charge a small amount, usually because they are not very good or are inexperienced, the more experience a photographer has, the more they will charge. There is nothing wrong with photographers with less experience, but they must still prove to you that they are still capable of doing the work that you require. The costs will vary on the number of hrs that the photographer expects to be at your wedding, the amount of photographs they estimate to take on the day, the quality and type of album offered to you within the package. Some photographers will include all of the proofs taken. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting for your money. Can the photographer offer reprints for the guests, albums for parents, and at what cost?

Checklist

•    Meet a number of photographers before making your final decision.
•    The samples, were they taken by the photographer who will cover your day?
•    Can they show you a complete wedding, and not just a sample of pictures?
•    Do the samples cover a variety of lighting conditions?
•    The complete album, does it tell the full story of the wedding
•    The complete album, does it show good detail in the dresses?
•    The complete album, does it show good expression in peoples faces?
•    Do the group shots look tidy with everyone looking at the camera?
•    Have they worked at your chosen venue, if not will they check it out beforehand?
•    Make sure you know exactly what the cost is and what is included within price.

International Wedding Photographer

Increasing numbers of couples from the UK are choosing to get married abroad rather than the more ‘traditional’ route of a civil or church wedding in the UK. Despite the abundance of great wedding venues in the UK ranging from hotels to country houses to castles and marquees, the one thing we can’t depend upon is the weather. That isn’t to say that the sun always shines overseas or that all destination weddings are ‘sunshine’ weddings as many countries can be as equally changeable as the UK with regard to the weather. Caribbean wedding photography and New Zealand wedding photography are just two classic examples of where the weather can change in an instant!

Getting married abroad for many couples, is not just about getting ‘better’ weather, but can also be for a number of other reasons including cost and ‘atmosphere’. Prague is a classic example of a city with atmosphere, stunning architecture and a fantastic location for a wedding.

Cost first of all, – getting married in the UK is expensive…or at least, can be expensive. Getting married abroad does not necessarily mean expensive (or cheap), but generally costs are lower overall. Perhaps not for the guests, but with regards to the total cost (to the couple and family) compared with an equivalent wedding to a wedding in the UK. For this reason alone, many choose to marry in far flung destinations, but for many, it’s something else.

Atmosphere. There’s something that extra bit ‘special’ getting married abroad and that something ‘special’ is a holiday feel on top of the normal wedding ‘atmosphere’. Couple and guests tend to be a little more relaxed as that holiday feeling compensates for some of the stresses and strains of organising and orchestrating a wedding. The Amalfi Coast in Italy is a classic example of a relaxed atmosphere in a stunning location for a wedding.

So international wedding photography , – is it any less important…or even more important? We would say the latter as the opportunity for documenting the day is even further enhanced by the extra opportunities and this is something that should never be left to a friend, amateur or non-specialist…and that is exactly what Firehorse International Photography are, – specialist destination wedding photographers with experience of photographing weddings on 4 continents.

As an international wedding photographer, Simon Mark Whitten has photographed and been commissioned to cover weddings ranging from hotels in Ireland and Greece, to the grandeur of The Waldorf Astoria in New York, to French chateaux weddings, Italian Lake weddings, to an exclusive golf resort in China, to a converted mill in New Zealand and beach weddings in Mexico and Australia. We love unique wedding destinations, especially the stunning areas of France including Champagne Ardenne, Corsica and Pitou Charentes to add that little extra spice and inspiration to our photography.

Anywhere particular that we’d still like to go? Many places, but particularly weddings in Paris (France full stop), weddings in Venice, weddings in Morocco and Marrakech and we’d love to receive a commission for a wedding in Rajasthan, India. We’re fired up about overseas wedding photography, – how about you?!!

If you would like more information on destination wedding photography and international wedding photography in France including Paris and Chateaux, the Loire Valley, Normandy, the Dordogne, the French Riviera, Picardy and Languedoc-Roussillon, Italy including Rome, Ireland and Dublin, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and anywhere in the Carribean including Jamaica, Antigua, Mexico, the Bahamas and Bermuda or the USA.