Dereks Advice

So, it's time to choose your wedding photographer…


You’ve set a date, booked the venue and it’s all systems go for the big day, but one more important decision is yet to be made, choosing a photographer, where to start?!

Well, when I’m lucky enough to be chosen to be that most important part of the day, it’s quite often after a face-to-face meeting, which I feel is an absolute must, because if you don’t feel comfortable with me then it's a disaster waiting to happen.

Of course, budget and style are also right up there too as these will dictate who you may use for your wedding day.

Top tips on choosing your wedding day photographer

1. First of all, think about out how much you want to spend, and do your research, ask your friends, ask on social media groups. I get a lot of recommendations this way, as do many of my peers. You’ll be inundated with names, but it’s so worth looking into them all.

2. Always meet in person before you book, feeling comfortable is vital as it will show in the images and if you’re relaxed on the day, you’ll enjoy it so much more.

3. Style is something to think about, mine is relaxed and natural, reportage if you will. But it’s not for everybody, some want high-end arty images and some traditional, it really is a very personal choice.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials and examples of photography work, obviously websites etc are fantastic for this.

So, in brief, set a budget and keep to it, decide on a style that suits you. Always meet your potential photographer to make sure you’re both happy…a good photographer will always do this and be happy to answer your questions.

One final tip, make sure you have a meeting before the big day, it’s essential for discussing those finer details and the wedding day timetable so you both know what to expect, and there won’t be any surprises!

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