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Why is booking a wedding photographer so daunting?

By January 26, 2016 July 19th, 2019 No Comments

There are so many photographers around even talented friends and family that  you’d think finding your wedding photographer would be easy.  With a few simple ground rules, you’ll find that narrowing down that list gets a lot easier.

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) is the leading qualifying and governing photographic body in the UK.  They are a not-for-profit organisation that believes education, qualifications and professional development lead to professional photographers.  BIPP qualifications are recognised across the world as a
benchmark of excellence and members of BIPP are bound by a strict code of conduct. The BIPP has a network of over 3,500 photographers around the world and we know what makes a good photographer.

Points to consider

  • Think carefully before entrusting your photos to a friend or family member. What happens if something goes wrong?   Will it destroy the friendship, or would you be able to forgive them?
  • Recommendation is the best starting point. Can any friends or family recommend their photographer?
  • Is the photographer professionally qualified? Look for the letters BA, BIPP after the photographer’s name.  This reflects a professional level of experience, skill and achievement.
  • What style of photographs are you looking for?  For example, would you prefer a more relaxed reportage style or a more formal approach or a mixture?  Does your photographer understand these styles and your requirements?
  • Meet with the photographer at their studio.  Don’t make any decision at your first meeting with a photographer.  Avoid hard sell tactics!
  • Do you like the photographer’s work?
  • Do you like the photographer?  They will be sharing one of the most important days of your life and you’ll naturally respond better to someone you like.
  • Does the photographer have Professional Indemnity insurance cover?
  • Does the photographer have professional cameras, lenses and lights and contingency plans?

Once you’ve chosen your photographer:

  • Take time to discuss your requirements.  Ensure you receive written terms and conditions of business before parting with any money.  Ask the photographer if any cancellation charges apply.
  • Consider having a pre-wedding meeting.  This gives you and your photographer a chance to get to know each other even better and you will feel more prepared and more at ease with him/her on the big day!
  • Check that the photographer you meet will be the same one who does the work on the day.
  • Discuss what happens after your wedding.  Timescales, presentations etc.
  • Remember – the key to great images is great communication with your photographer before the wedding.

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