Three tips for booking a photographer

Guest Writer – Bec from Azure Creative Photography

Photography has always been a huge part of my life, I was always the one to be carrying around my trusty compact digital camera on family holidays, and I studied film photography and dark room development in high school.

I found myself following the path of a wedding photographer after I helped a friend of mine shoot a wedding back in 2014. I was pretty nervous, but once I arrived and started shooting beside my friend, I never looked back.

Fast forward a few years to 2020. I live in Newcastle with my excellent husband, we have a dog named Banjo and a cat named Louie. In my spare time, you will find me in my garden, tending to my indoor plants, sipping on a black coffee or a glass of red wine (depending on what time of day it is!) or playing my Playstation (yep, I’m a gamer!).
Well, that’s an extremely brief snapshot into my life; let me now share with you those tips you came here for. 

Tip 1: Meet before you book 

Yep, it sounds ridiculously simple, but it is so important! They’re gonna be hanging out with you guys all day long at your wedding so I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to make sure you get along! 

You’ll look back on your wedding photos and not only relive the best day of your life, but you’ll also remember how well you gelled with your photographer, plus your other vendors! 

Grab a coffee or a beer with them and spend a bit of time getting to know one another. I’m always down for a long black or a glass of red; even if we have met already and you wanna catch up again and talk wedding plans, I’m here!

Tip 2: Go for their style, not their price tag 

This is SO important. Wedding photos are one of the few keepsakes you take away from the wedding, so make sure you are happy with the style of photos your photographer produces. If you don’t like their work, don’t book them. 

And if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Don’t fall for the cheapest no frills wedding photography package, as you don’t want to run the risk of getting back your images and not liking them because you tightened your budget and picked a cheaper photographer over the one you really wanted. 

Tip 3: Do an engagement shoot – it’s great practice!

Seriously! Nervous in front of the camera? Even more of a reason to do a practice run! Doing a shoot before the wedding day is fantastic practice, and you’ll become more familiar with your photographer before the day of the wedding, which helps you guys vibe together better when the wedding rolls around. 

If you’re feeling what Bec has to say, hit her up and set up that wine or coffee date she has been preaching about!

September 13, 2021