How do I choose the right wedding photographer?

It might be tempting to save money on wedding photography, preferring to trust your old uni mate who swears they’re the next David Bailey so you can splurge on THAT Berta Bridal dress.

Still, it’s important to remember that a professionally photographed album is a reminder of one of the most special days of your life so it needs to be just right. With this in mind, we’ve asked our Creative Director Cara to draw on her years of experience and share her top tips for finding the right wedding photographer.

With this in mind, we’ve asked our Creative Director Cara to draw on her years of experience and share her top tips for finding the right wedding photographer.  

Happy bride getting ready for her wedding day

“Hello my lovelies,

Taking pictures of weddings and helping to preserve special memories is one of my absolute favourite things to do – but it is a job that comes with a lot of responsibility!

After all, a bride and groom’s photographs are so much more than unimportant, throwaway snaps. A professionally photographed album will be looked at for years to come and serves as a precious record of friends and family forever captured during a happy moment in time.

As such, it deserves the best.

Ask for recommendations

Nothing beats word of mouth recommendation when it comes to choosing the right photographer. For me, it doesn’t get any better than looking out at a congregation and seeing a few familiar faces – people who I have photographed over the years who have then been kind enough to suggest me for the wedding of their friends or family.

Remember that portfolios are important, but so is a photographer’s ability to put people at their ease. A friend who has used a wedding photographer in the past is likely to give you their honest opinion when it comes to, for example, personality and friendliness.  

Look at past work

Here at The Little Paper Shop, we have years of experience photographing everything from small, intimate ceremonies to lavish country house weddings. Always ask to see a range of portfolios and a selection of different couples’ albums. At the very least, you’ll walk away with a few more ideas and a little extra inspiration to help with your own planning.

Lydia and Lee's wedding at Astbury Church near Congleton, Cheshire, followed by a reception at Alsager's Moat House Hotel.
Cute little flowergirl having her hair done ready for the Wedding Day
Newly married bride and groom enjoying their first kiss as man and wife

Have a meeting

Don’t underestimate the length of time you’ll be spending in each other’s company, so making sure you ‘click’ is vital.

An informal chat is a great place to start. It’s also an opportunity to find out what to expect on the day so if you’re not sure what will happen, have a list of questions all ready and prepared. The best wedding photographers will want to listen to your suggestions, answer any queries and put you at your ease.

At The Little Paper Shop, we always meet with our prospective couples so we can get to know each other a little better. We actually love nothing more than to talk all things weddings over a relaxed coffee and cake!

#TLPS Creative Director Cara creating stationery samples during a meeting

Don’t give in to pressure

If you’re being asked to sign on the dotted line and you’re just not comfortable, then you’re within your rights to ask for more time to think things over.

While us wedding photographers are conscious that availability may be an issue – particularly over the summer months – if you’re under pressure and don’t feel anything other than completely confident in the skills and expertise on offer, then it may be time to walk away.”