Choosing Your Photographer.

As usual, I’ve been slack in updating this blog – life (and luckily work) seems to get in the way too often.  What I’d like to talk about this time though, is how to go about choosing a photographer for your wedding day.

You may have spotted some pictures on my FaceBook page and / or my Instagram feed that we exhibited at our first Wedding Fayre recently.  What was obvious is amongst the photographers there on the day, all of us had fantastic images on display, and from what I can tell, great-value packages available.  The obvious question is: how do you choose?  Is it just a case of going with the cheapest?  Personally, I don’t see the super-cheap deals advertised out there as either sustainable for the photographer or honest with the couple, needing the addition of lots of extras to bring the package up to a good level.

With our stand at the Wedding Fayre. 

With our stand at the Wedding Fayre. 

What I feel is that your selection should be personality-based; quite simply: do you like the photographer?  Did they like you?  Did they understand what YOU want to capture on your wedding day?  Remember, the photographer is going to be a major part of your wedding.  There will always be people that you just don’t ‘click’ with – there can sometimes be no obvious reason, but the match has to work both ways; ie the couple feel comfortable with the photographer, and the photographer has to be comfortable with the couple.

With that in mind, I’m really pleased that we secured several bookings at the wedding fayre, and I truly believe that we made a rapid connection with the couples, and they got the feeling that we were good to work with, that our work was to their taste, and they wouldn’t be distracted by the shine off my increasingly hair-free scalp.  I guess it all boils down to trust: do you think you can trust the photographer to capture the memories of your big day?  After all, the decorations get taken down, you may not always fit in the dress, you may not remember your distant cousin’s girlfriend’s name, but the pictures will last a lifetime.

Thanks for reading, and please get in touch to discuss your future plans, 2017 is filling up and I’ve got bookings into 2018 already!

Al.

ps – In recent news: I’m really pleased to have had one of my photographs from this year to be selected as ‘Photo of the Week’ by Bride Magazine (LINK)  My picture of Tom and Aimi from a wedding this Summer will be their FaceBook cover photo for a few more days, and will be on their website for months to come.

Alan Hall

Lincoln, UK

Owner and Founder of A D Hall Photography, a Lincoln (UK) based company offering wedding photography, portraits, family photoshoots and event photography.