Last weekend I was lucky enough to have a photo shoot with Neil Coomber-Webb from Thetford Photography. It was such an amazing day and just to top it off, the weather was beyond amazing, which made it perfect for shooting great pictures. I totally love the results!
As an experienced photographer, Neil was brilliant at making me feel at ease (it was my first ever proper photo shoot where I was in front of the camera). It doesn’t matter how many TV shows I’ve worked on and how many shoots I’ve attended, it’s totally different when you’re suddenly in front of the camera.
It was a great fun day and it led me to realise, when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer it can be a bit of a minefield out there so I asked Neil if he could share his top tips for what to look out for when you’re looking for your perfect wedding photographer.
Neil has very kindly given me his top tips for finding a wedding photographer so I can pass his words of wisdom on to you lovely lot.
Neil’s Top Ten Tips:
1. Firstly, go online and agree what style of wedding photography you want. Search Pinterest, Instagram, websites etc and collect a mood board of images you like and would feel proud to show your friends and family. Remember, you will want to be happy to look at your wedding photos in 50 years time.
2. Print out your images and stick them to a big board as a talking point for all your wedding plans.
3. Decide on what you really want from your day. Is there a special location, person, group, theme or list of photos you really want? Ask your friends for recommendations of photographers they have used before to begin a shortlist and add some of your own finds. They don’t have to specialise in weddings. View their portfolio (usually online) and ensure their style fits with your plans for the day, i.e. formal, casual, quirky etc
4. Set a meeting to discuss your plans and mood board with your photographer of choice. They should be able to contribute to your plan but not overly control your ideas.
5. Discuss, style, quantity of images you’ll receive, how you will receive your images (disk, printed or in albums), their plans for how a day works, costs (especially the added extras outside your agreed plan) and the timescale for your proof prints, final prints etc to be returned.
6. Agree to have a pre-wedding shoot and run through. Your photographer should be willing to do a short shoot to run through your mood board and plan to ensure everything is understood. This also works to build a chemistry with your photographer and reduces nerves on the day.
7. Agree that on the day, your photographer will arrive in good time to allow for set up and introductions. They should be efficient and organised but not overtly intrusive unless required for the plan and pictures you’ve agreed.
8. Don’t feel obliged to book the first photographer you see, if you feel pressured they’re possibly the wrong person for you. Diaries do get full but don’t feel pressurised.
9. Before making your final booking do check that your photographer is insured if something goes wrong. It does happen, be assured your photographer is covered for errors of their actions.
All good photographers will have a standard plan for weddings to ensure they have everything covered. On booking, a full plan for your specific day should be prepared for you and given to you for review.
10. Keep in contact with your photographer, good dialogue will help ensure your day is as you planned it. It will also alert you to any problems with your photographer.
Thanks Neil, for some brilliant photos and for such great tips! Having enjoyed a great day with Neil as my photographer, I would definitely recommend his services.
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