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.