Local photographer, Maya Stankova tell us what you should take into consideration before booking your wedding photographer.
"Choosing your photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. They will not only be responsible for capturing one of the most important days of your life, but they will also be with you all day.
"After picking a style you like and considering the financial side of things, there are a lot of things to think about before booking. Think about the personality of your supplier. We’re all unique and have different values, so it’s important you choose someone who you get on with. Trust me it would make everything much easier and you would feel more comfortable in front of the camera. More than anything you will regret having someone that is making you feel uncomfortable following you around on your wedding day. Have a phone consultation rather than communicating via emails or request to meet up for a chat.
"Do your research and be confident that you’re happy with their style. There are plenty of photographers out there, and everyone’s style is different, you’ll need to narrow it down to what you like and don’t like. For example, some have a light and airy style, while others are dark and moody.
"Book your supplier well in advance. Most professionals have very limited availability, especially during the popular wedding season. Booking in advance will guarantee that you secure the wedding photographer you want not just whoever is available.
"Probably the most important part is price. Like everything else, cheap doesn’t necessarily mean good and good doesn’t always come cheap. However, there’s always a happy medium. If you’re trying to cut down on cost, think about what you want and what you can skip to make it cheaper. For example, do you want a wedding album or do you prefer the photos as digital files? Do you want photos of the bridal party getting ready or is it not your cup of tea? Most of the time price is based on coverage time, so it might be worth mentioning that to your photographer to see if there would be an option to make it more affordable. It’s also worth asking if there are any discounts available. For example, we at Infinity Photography Events have offers for all Blue Light Card Holders, as well as, the Armed Forces. Other suppliers may be able to offer similar discounts too.
"Think COVID-19! We’re living in very uncertain times, and as we all know the pandemic has changed everything. Make sure that you’re covered. Most would, I’m sure, try to be flexible and accommodate any date changes. However, make sure you discuss this matter before booking. Ask as many questions as possible. Is your deposit refundable if they don’t have availability due to a date change? Does your contract cover anything about the pandemic? Make sure you know where you stand to avoid any disappointment. Last but not least, check out reviews on social media and make sure your photographer is someone that meets your expectations."
To find out more about Maya, visit www.instagram.com/infinity.photography.events