The team at Eventace have been involved in events for a collective 75 years and we’ve learned a lot in that time. Sometimes however even we are stumped.
Recently we’ve had a lot of couples looking at the many fantastic wedding photographers on Eventace.com – admittedly there are a lot to choose from. So what exactly should you look for in your potential wedding photographer? How do you know which one is the perfect fit for you?
We were scratching our heads to be honest, when Rachel, our Business Development Manager came up with the blindingly obvious idea of asking an actual wedding photographer. Duh!
Enter John Paul Peebles of Abrightside Photography, an incredibly talented and very friendly wedding and events photographer based near Glencoe in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. We sat him down on a hard chair, turned a bright lamp on him and put him right on the spot. We didn’t even offer him a Hob Nob with his tea so he knew we meant business and he soon spilled the beans.
Here, straight from the horse’s mouth, are the five things you need to know before you book a wedding photographer.
- Do sensible research specific to your wedding. Look at photographs taken in different lighting conditions at different times of the year. Try and find photos that are taken in similar circumstances to your wedding. A photograph of a couple on a Caribbean beach in August won’t tell you much about how your photos taken half way up a Scottish hillside in (well let’s face it – August) will look.
- Don’t feel you have to use photographers recommended by your venue. You may be missing out on talent from further afield. Although your photographer doesn’t need to have shot in your venue before, it is important that they done so in a similar venue. As always, ask for some examples.
- However, if you are using a photographer far from your venue, remember that travel and perhaps even accommodation may be added to the cost. If in doubt, ask.
- Take time to read reviews. The best are from couples who have taken time over it. Don’t just go for the photographer with the most 5 star reviews. If you take your time you may find some couples very much like you with similar venues and who got married at the same time of year. They’re the ones you want.
Also if there’s a really horrible review in among otherwise glowing ones, don’t pay too much attention – these are often from fake accounts and trolls, so if you’re worried, just ask the photographer about it.
- Ask about contingency plans. What happens if they get ill or a vehicle (or camera equipment) breaks down? It’s very rare but knowing there’s something in place can give you enormous peace of mind.
- Pricing. When comparing photographers, make sure you’re comparing like with like. For instance, how long will they be with you? Are they travelling some distance to get to you? How long will it take until you’re presented with your album?
Prices vary enormously and most expensive isn’t always best. Fewer great quality images provided quickly and with courtesy is better than spending a fortune on heaps of photos that take ages to get to you.
- Last but not least – make sure you like your photographer. They’ll be spending most of your big day with you, in many cases capturing intimate and tender moments. You need to feel comfortable with them. In these days of planning weddings without meeting face to face, take some time to get to know them, even if it is only on a zoom call. Are they patient? Are they relaxed? For me, there’s nothing worse than being ordered about by a sergeant major type on your big day. They should be firm but polite and friendly. After all getting a lot of people, kids and sometimes pets (!) ready to be photographed, sometimes in inclement weather, can be a challenge. But the best photographers have a knack for doing all of this, apparently with ease.
We eventually untied John Paul from his chair and let him get away from the spotlight. After all, he does have weddings and events to photograph. We are of course only joking, we did let him have a Hob Nob – we’re not animals!
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, or any other wedding or event supplier, make your way to www.eventace.com and tell us what you need. We’ll make sure that some of the very best professionals in the business get back to you with quotes and advice and of course it won’t cost you a penny. We don’t take a penny in commission either so book whichever supplier you like as you’ll only be quoted direct prices.
Indeed if you have the good taste to get a quote for a wedding photographer from John Paul all we ask is don’t forget the biscuits.