Tips for choosing your wedding photographer:
Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most exciting and important parts of planning your wedding so choosing the right one is very important.
Your wedding photographs will be the only thing left after your wedding day is over for you to look back on with cherished memories.
Your photographer should do a lot more than just snap away all day as each will have their own shooting style, editing style and their own way of telling your story.
You should do your research. Visit lots of websites, read their testimonials and most of all, make sure you love their style of photography.
Remember you will be wearing the most expensive dress of your life. You’ll have spent hours with hair and make-up artists so make sure you book a photographer who will capture it all.
Here are our top tips to getting the best wedding photographer…

Think about the style.

Do you want a moody magazine shoot style or a more documentary style.
Perhaps you’d prefer a mixture of both.
There is no point choosing a documentary photographer if you want dramatic and romantic photos and vice versa.

Tips for choosing your wedding photographer - Bride and Groom standing outside the amazing Montalto Estate in the dark - Wedding Photography Northern Ireland at its finest

Arrange a meeting.

When you’ve decided on the style and found a few photographers that you like then next you need to have a chat with them.
We recommend meeting in person but know this is not always possible.
A zoom meeting is an alternative and even a phone call is better than nothing.
Remember, you are going to spend a large part of your wedding day with this person so make sure you get on.

Bride laying on a wall at Castle Archdale Ruins - Tips for choosing your wedding photographer

The devil is in the detail.

So you’ve chosen the style you like and arranged to chat with a photographer.
There are few things you should ask.
Always ask to see full wedding albums as anyone can get a few lucky shots at a wedding.
It takes patience, skill and experience to capture an entire wedding beautifully.
Check what exactly you get and don’t get in the package you order and ask how long they will take to deliver your wedding photographs.

Bride looking out car window as her Dad watches on - right before she is going to walk up the aisle

Decide on the your budget.

There is a vast difference in how much photographers charge depending on their experience, how many hours they will be with you and what products will be included.
If you find a photographer you love it might be worth stretching the budget if need be.
After all, once the dress has been worn and the food has been eaten, its all you have left.

"It is a profound honour as a photographer to witness two people falling in love."

— Ciaran O'Neill

Book someone you trust.

Wedding photographers here in Northern Ireland tend to book up early.
When you’ve found “the one” don’t leave it too long to book them or you may be disappointed.
A booking fee and a signed contract will be required to secure your booking so please return these to your chosen photographer as soon as possible.
Finally, book someone you trust and then just relax and let them do what they are best at 🙂