Due to personal commitments and work/life balance, I am not taking any further wedding bookings. Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for your trust and support, and my apologies to any prospective clients for the disappointment. In the post below, I have included some of my favourite tips on finding an alternative photographer below. For Australian couples, Easy Weddings is a great place to continue your search and, if you don’t find anyone there that suits your taste, try the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) website search system. Congratulations and best of luck with planning your big day! ~ Laura
Choosing a Photographer
Unlike almost every other aspect of your carefully planned wedding, you can’t see your wedding pictures before they are taken. Internet searches, referral sites and word-of-mouth are all great ways to start your search for a photographer. Once you have some leads, screen your candidates by using their on-line portfolio. Contact your preferred photographers (most will have a Contact form on their website) to make a face-to-face appointment to view their wedding portfolios and to discuss your specific requests and requirements. Make sure you are well-prepared by writing down all of your questions before you meet.
Don’t tolerate pressure to make an on-the-spot booking. Good photographers will contact you after a meeting with quotes and a draft contract before asking you to commit.
Do you like their style? If you don’t like the photographer’s photos, then keep looking for another photographer. If you do, then weigh the service, cost and comfort factors to make your final decision. In addition to great photos, does the photographer offer you the service that you want in terms of hours of service, image format, digital images, etc? What will it cost? While most couples would prefer style and quality to rule the decision process, cost is almost always a factor. Costs vary greatly depending the photographer, their business concept, the duration and location of your booking and what you want as the end product. Be certain that your quote clearly details all of the costs. Pay careful attention to what is in included and what is an optional extra. Finally, were you comfortable with the photographer? This is essential so that you can work together to ensure that you look natural and relaxed in your images.
A few points of caution:
- Are you dealing with your actual photographer? Are the photos in the portfolio actually theirs? Large services with multiple photographers require careful attention to ensure that you actually get the person/product that you think you are booking.
- Please do take their professional advice, but don’t be pressured into something you don’t want or feel comfortable with. The photographer should guide you, but allow you to choose what suits your own personal needs. Would you let the dress shop pick your gown because “they know what is best”? I think not.
- Your photographer is there to provide you with a service. There will be contracts, deposits, fees, releases and copyrights involved – read carefully, ask questions and be certain you are getting what you want. Weddings cannot be replicated, so this is important to avoid stress on your big day.
- If you feel that you are not getting the respect, answers, courtesy or responsiveness that you deserve as a client, take your business elsewhere.
I hope that you find this advice helpful and wish you the very best luck in your search.