Choosing a wedding photographer in London is one of the most important decisions you are going to make regarding your wedding day. Think about it, the cake will be eaten, the confetti swept up, the dress may fade and possibly your memory a little too, but the wedding photographs are there forever. These will most likely be the single most important pictures you will ever have taken.
So how do you choose the right London wedding photographer for your big day? We spoke to an experienced London based wedding photographer with a keen eye for a good photograph and has a full membership with The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. He is also associated with The Royal Photographic society making him a good choice for your wedding photographer if his order book is not already full on your wedding day.
"Well, obviously the technical aspects of using a camera have to be there. Also you need somebody who has invested in the right equipment. great picture even better with the right tools. After all, your wedding pictures are a record of your marriage and have to be perfect. ? Well, you need someone who can skilfully master light and composition in your wedding photos.
They need an eye for detail and need to be able to break down a visual scene into the right photographic elements. Someone with a bit of flair, panache and creativity rather than just pointing and clicking the camera to make sure they get all of the guests in. I think this is important and some good wedding photographers do get this for their clients but in a way that intrudes on the atmosphere. A good wedding photographer should blend in to the crowd, almost as if he were one of the guests at the Church along with everyone else. I try very hard for my brides and grooms to offer them a service that truly delivers. Being a Londoner myself I know the area and the culture. I do not travel in from outside the M25 like a lot of wedding photographers and I think that's important.
I speak to all of them to find out what style they would like and manage their expectations around any issues I can see. I also go over the finer details and timings of the wedding day to ensure I can take the pictures they would like whatever the weather conditions. I would recommend you choose a wedding photographer with a good portfolio of work they can show you so you know what you can expect. I also have intense wedding pictures in albums I can show to prospective clients. Many of these will include areas of London the couple are from so it's nice for them to be able to picture it.
When looking at their work you need to ask yourself, can this photographer create moments of fun and lightness and then capture them with a camera. It's worth remembering that great photographic moments rarely happened by themselves. These snapshots of time are created and crafted by wedding photographers. When evaluating wedding pictures you should look especially at the facial expressions in the group shots. These emotions are a direct indication of the ambiance created by the photographer at that time. Look at their photos and then ask yourself: Do you feel that you were there? Were you emotionally moved by the pictures? Before you pay a deposit, make sure you meet up with the photographer in order that you see their work in the flesh. Was the presentation and print quality to the standard that you are happy with?
Always ask how much the job will be – and make sure there are no hidden extras. Also ask how long you can expect to wait for your pictures. Six weeks is a reasonable time, 8 is just about okay but it should not take anything more than that.