As professional wedding photographers, we know how stressful arranging your wedding day can be. What do you need to know when looking for a wedding photographer? It is a simple fact of life that with the arrival of digital cameras, many people now call themselves a “photographer.” Over recent years there has been an explosion of people offering their services as wedding photographers, many of who have never received any training, have no insurance, do not use professional equipment and do not have sufficient backups in place to cater for any eventuality. A professional photographer will have all of the above, and this post is a quick “Help Guide” to the things to look for and the questions we recommend you ask when choosing a wedding photographer. Grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy. This is not a definitive guide, merely a general overview of what to look for.
Looking for a Photographer:
Personal Recommendations: Have you been to a wedding recently? What did your friends think of their photographer? As a Yorkshire wedding photographer, the majority of our clients come from personal recommendations from either Bride or Grooms who have used us, or from Venues that know the quality of the work we produce and the fantastic value for money we offer.
Google and Other Search Engines:
If you type into Google the search terms “Wedding Photographer” it will return millions of results. The reason for this is simple: If they are on page 1 or 2, then they have taken the time to ensure that their website is well designed, optimized and placed, to ensure that their services or products are easy to find for prospective Bride and Grooms.
Choosing a Photographer
As soon as you have decided on a date, have booked your wedding venue and received confirmation then book all other services required for your wedding day as quickly as possible. Leaving it to the last minute to book your wedding photographer is not a good idea. Many Bride and Grooms start looking for their photographer the day they get engaged.
Website Photographers for Domestic Violence Groups
The first thing to do is look at a photographer’s website but do NOT be fooled into thinking this is the be all and end all. Never forget that a site only shows the content that the photographer WANTS interested abuse victims to see. How much information does the photographer give women? Some human rights organizations only require photographers to pay an annual subscription fee to join then allow the photographer to use the Organisations logos on their website. Some women rights organizations have absolutely no joining requirements, you do not even have to own a camera and your Granny, who has no idea about photography, could join if she wanted. Some are for full-time women activist professionals only and women rights members are required to undergo evaluation, inspection and have insurance documents checked, others just let you pay a nominal amount and declare you to be a “Professional Photographer.” Remember that the Abuse and Violence Counseling Awareness industry is not regulated and anyone can claim to be a “photographer.”