Mark Lord · Professional Wedding Photography in the UK
What should I look for in my photographer?
Most importantly, when choosing a photographer you should choose someone you feel comfortable with and who produces photographs in a style you like.
A photographer who is a member of a professional photographic organisation such as the BIPP or MPA will be able to produce work to a high standard in any situation.
Always ask to view a complete wedding album from a recent wedding, and not just look at the photographers best photos.
Book a photographer who is public liability and profession indemnity insurance in case there are any accidents.
You must feel comfortable and confident with your photographer as they are going to photograph one of the most important days of your life.
What pictures should I ask for my photographer to take?
This really depends on the style of the photographer you book. A traditional photographer will be happy to do more group shots than a photo journalistic photographer. A Photojournalistic photographer will capture events as they unfold with out people having to pose and look at the camera. Most photographers will be happy to photograph the bride getting ready, and if there are two of them then the other photographer will generally photograph the groom getting ready.
Most professional photographers will know the standard shots to take i.e. signing the register, cutting the cake whilst the more stylish photographers will capture all that together with all the other moments from the day. Such as mum wiping her eyes, the groom looking around as the bride approaches and Uncle Burt catching 40 winks!!
If you have any specific shots you require then most photographers are more than happy to accommodate your requests.
What style of photography should I go for?
Have a look around in bridal magazines; there are many styles of photography available from Traditional, Classical, and Photojournalistic to cutting edge stylish and dynamic photography. A good photographer should be able to do a mixture of photojournalistic photography with a handful of group shots to keep parents happy and some really great fun shots of the bride and groom together.
Will this still be fashionable when I look back on the photographs?
Traditional staged photographs may look dated in years to come (have a look at your parents wedding album!) However well composed photojournalitic images captured in black and white will not date as quickly and will always look like a timeless classic.
How long will the photography take on the day?
Once again this depends on the style of photography you choose. A traditional photographer will take longer to do the group shots than a photojournalistic photographer simply because he will do more group shots. Group shots can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on your choice of photographer and the co-operation of your guests. A Handy hint is get the Best man and Ushers to help round people up. Most photographers will require the bride and groom on their own for half and hour or so to get some shots of the two of them together.
We love working with Toastmasters, they will help to organise your guests and make sure the timings of the day run smoothly.
Typically allow an hour or so for photography but check with your photographer to see if this is long enough!
How do I keep my guests occupied during the photographs?
Champagne, Champagne and more Champagne! Most guests are more then happy to stand around for up to an hour whilst they may be required for the group shots provided they have a drink in one hand and preferable a canapé in the other. If the weather is bad then ensure there is sufficient room indoors for your guests to stand and for photographs to be taken. To while away the time it can be a good idea to have a small jazz band or string quartet. A magician or entertainer can also be a good idea to mingle with the guests whilst they are waiting.
How much should my wedding photography cost?
Wedding photography can cost anything from £100 to £5000. You really do to get what you pay for. Many of my clients say to me that the photography is so important to them and it's not worth compromising on the photography as its one of the most important reminders once the day is over. Wedding photography has changed considerably over the last few years. Many photographers can now offer totally bespoke wedding albums that can contain upwards of 100 images. Albums are available in a wide range of styles and sizes from Classic handcrafted leather albums to very contemporary magazine style layout where you can have up to 20 images on a page all bound in a aluminium cover with a photograph of the happy couple on the front.
If I have a small budget, can I still get a good wedding album?
Good quality wedding photography comes at a price. When budgeting for your wedding cheap photography can seem like a good idea. However, from our experience in talking to people who compromised on their wedding photography said they have been disappointed with the results. Some have even been too embarrassed to show their album to their friends. However many good quality photographers will be able to offer you ways of spreading the cost of your wedding photography with an easy pay scheme.
Will it make a difference if my photographer uses film or digital?
Most traditional photographers may still use film cameras. They will shoot every wedding in a similar way with a set number of photos and poses. Digital Photojournalistic photographers will shoot infinite number of shots from different angles and with a variety of lenses form ultra wide to telephoto giving the bride and groom a huge choice of pictures to choose from.
The advent of digital has given both the photographer and client a greater choice in the way their work can be presented. A digital picture can be reproduced in colour, black and white, sepia or a hue that compliments the image or follows a theme. Digital means images can be digitally enhanced to get remove unwanted background signs, or blemishes on skin.
Digital SLR camera have the capability of capturing images in more tricky situations, allow the photographer to preview the results and in many ways now offer a quality that beats film. Also, a digital photographer will make several copies of the wedding images and archive at different addresses whilst a film photographer will only have one set of negatives!
What's your best tip for getting the best out of our photographs on the day?
When planning your wedding day allow sufficient time for your wedding photographer to get some great shots of the two of you together. This is a great opportunity for you to spend some time together.
Finally, just enjoy yourself, many people feel like film stars by the end of their wedding. If you look happy then your wedding photographs will look great!
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