Five Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer, from The Pavilion, Lane End
When the confetti settles, your wedding photos should be a lasting, treasured memento of your day. But with so many wedding photographers to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you?
The Pavilion at Lane End - which includes professional wedding photography by Heni Fourie as part of its new all-inclusive Diamond package - shares five questions to ask your wedding photographer.
Carolyn Worrall, Wedding Co-ordinator at the wedding venue near High Wycombe, said: “A poll carried out by Brides magazine shows that couples spend an average of £1,399 on wedding photography.
“This is a large slice of any bridal budget, so it’s important to do your homework and research potential photographers carefully and pitch the right questions.”
Here are The Pavilion’s five must-ask questions when choosing a wedding photographer.
1. What’s your photographic style?
During your search you are likely to encounter three types of wedding photography: Traditional, Reportage and Contemporary.
Traditional wedding photography comprises classic posed shots of the couple, friends and family. Reportage involves capturing moments as they happen, creating a series of pictures that form a natural narrative of your day.
Contemporary wedding photography takes its inspiration from fashion magazines. The pictures are staged and the photographer may use edgy backgrounds, props and lighting to create interesting images.
Once you find a photographer’s style that you love, it’s important to review as much of their work as possible. Don’t just take into account their website’s ‘best shots’ but view whole wedding albums to see how they approach an entire day.
Also, keep in mind that whilst traditional and contemporary photos are brilliant for capturing finer details, these take time to create. Think about how much time you want to dedicate to photographs.
2. What’s included in the price?
Although the average spend is £1,399, wedding photography can cost anywhere from £500 to £4,000 plus. How much you allocate is a personal choice but, as with most things, you get what you pay for.
Try to pinpoint the style you like first and then find a photographer that fits your finances.
When discussing photography packages, take note of exactly what you will receive and how many hours a photographer will spend with you.
Most photographers offer eight hours of coverage, leaving after the first dance. If you want them to stay later you might need to negotiate this.
3. What is your experience?
You can’t repeat your wedding day, so when it comes to choosing a pro wedding photographer, experience counts.
Ask about the number of weddings they’ve shot before. What contingency plans they have in place if their technology fails, illness strikes or the weather turns bad.
Also your wedding photographer will be with you throughout your day, starting with bridal preparations, so it’s important you get along. Arrange to meet them in person and check out their mentions on social media and wedding forums for feedback.
4. How much editing will you do?
Thanks to digital technology, transforming your raw photos into beautiful, filmic images is all part of the package.
Photographers take between 100 and 1,000 pictures and editing can take from a few hours to several days. If you want to keep costs down select your favourites for enhancement.
5. Do you offer a pre-wedding shoot?
A no-pressure way to try out a photographer’s talents is to arrange a pre-wedding photo shoot.
Heni Fourie, The Pavilion’s wedding venue’s preferred photographer, said: “Most photographers offer free or reduced engagement shoots as part of their wedding package.
“If there’s a photographer whose style you like, arrange an engagement shoot. As well as more mementos to keep, you can gain a genuine feel for their working style and whether you like the final product.”
To view Heni’s latest work visit: www.henifouriephotography.co.uk
To find more about The Pavilion’s exquisite country wedding location visit the official website http://www.thepavilionuk.com/ or call us today on 01494 417365.