We hope you had a glorious weekend, whether it be wedding planning, venue hunting, dress shopping or even just relaxing. For Monday Muse this week, we are delighted to share with you a guest post from a very talented photographer, Mark Ammon. As huge fans of Mark, we were keen for him to give you professional advice on choosing your ideal wedding photographer and videographer. We feel this particular element of your wedding is so important that it is best heard from a pro. We now hand you over to Mark… Enjoy!
Choosing a Wedding Photographer and Videographer
The choices you face after you’ve decided to get married can be over whelming. What venue should we choose? What colour scheme would suit the day? What’s our budget? All these and more will be running through your head before you’ve even thought about the myriad of wedding suppliers all promising to make your wedding day the most perfect event possible. Eventually you will start to think about the photographer and videographer for your big day. I hope that this blog post will give you some pointers about finding the most suitable photographer and videographer to help capture your day how you want it captured!
You need to like us!
When you meet up with a wedding photographer or Videographer one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself is “can I spend a whole day with this person?!” Your photographer and videographer will be with you for what will be one of the most emotional days of your life and it is so important that you like them and trust them. Your photos will not look very stunning if you can’t stand the person taking them! When we’re approached by a potential client with an enquiry about photographing or videoing their wedding we always try and arrange an informal meeting where we can answer questions, show our work and start to get to know the couple. This chat will help you to break the ice and to gauge whether your personalities are suited or not. Also make sure that you see a number of potential photographers/videographers to get a good idea of what choices you have.
Ask to see plenty of examples!
When you meet up with potential photographers and videographers make sure you ask to see plenty of previous wedding examples. This will help you find out if your photographer has a one size fits all mentality or takes each wedding on an individual basis. When we go out to meet our clients we always take a large selection of varied wedding albums/dvd’s so couples can gauge whether your style is suited to the day they have in mind.
Ask plenty of questions!
A good wedding supplier will never tire of you asking questions, if they do then may be best to stay clear! You need to keep in mind at all times that this is your day and you should be able to get what you want! If you want something clarified then ask away!
A sense of style…
Photography and videography are very creative art forms and like any art the artist will always have a distinct style to their work. At Mark Ammon Photography we specialise in relaxed, fun and quirky photography as that suits our style. We like to be different! We know that’s not to everyone’s tastes and that’s absolutely fine, there are plenty of photographers out there with a style to match your big day!
It’s all about the money…
Price has become increasingly important recently especially as people are trying to tighten their belts at the current time. A quick search on the internet will show you that there is a massive range of prices that companies charge for photography and videography. Most couples who come to us list price as one of the most important factors in choosing their photographer and videographer. Fortunately, the wedding industry caters for everyone and whatever your budget you will be able to find a photographer for you… BUT be aware you usually get what you pay for! We always talk about budget at the very beginning of any contact with a couple and our emphasis is always on the quality of what we offer regardless of budget. Talk to as many companies as you can but we would always recommend not choosing a photographer or videographer just on budget alone! Also some companies may well be flexible with prices, if you don’t ask you won’t get!
Don’t leave it too late!
We have seen quite an increase of brides booking our services quite far in advance. People seem to be getting very organised! We are currently taking bookings up to two years in advance so our advice is don’t leave it too late to search for your photographer or videographer! If you find a few photographers that interest you then arrange a meeting as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
There is a photographer and Videographer out there for you!
To sum up….Wedding photographers and videographers come in many shapes and sizes and to make sure you find the one that fits you and your wedding, make sure you get to know a little about them before signing on the dotted line. On the whole we are a very friendly bunch and any good wedding photographer or videographer will be more than happy to spend time with you explaining what they do. Make sure that you see plenty of examples, ask plenty of questions and find out if you actually like the people shooting your big day!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have found it useful reading.
If you would like to arrange an informal meeting with us to discuss your wedding day then please contact us via our website: http://www.markammonphotography.co.uk, our email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07523 953579
Until next time xx