When it comes to picking a wedding photographer to capture your special day, you want to choose someone who’s right for you. With the average cost for wedding photography in the UK at £1,520, it’s important to remember you only get one chance to capture your wedding day! Consider these top six tips to ensure you find the perfect photographer for you.

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You like them as a person

When choosing and hiring a wedding photographer it shouldn’t all come down to their work and how good they are technically – you could hire the best wedding photographer in the world yet if you don’t feel very relaxed around them or at ease it’ll be reflected in your photos and you won’t look or feel very natural. Go and meet a few different photographers and make sure you ‘click’ – you want to share your wedding plans with them and share your excitement, they need to be as excited and passionate as you are!

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You love their style

There are thousands of photographers in the UK each with their own individual style, from reportage, artistic, traditional and documentary; find a style that you both like that reflects the theme of your day. Find a photographer that edits their photos in a style that you love, in order to create fun and natural images that reflect you both.

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Ask to see a complete wedding

When looking at different photographers they will show a range of different photos that represent their best work. If you love their work and meet up with them then make sure you ask to see two or three completed wedding albums that were given to the couple. You are looking for consistency –  you want a whole album that’s amazing and tells a beautiful story, rather than just four or five impressive photos.

You trust them

Knowing you can trust your photographer and leave them to do what they do best is so important. After meeting them, make sure you leave feeling confident and happy, ensuring they answer any questions no matter how silly they may be. Go with your gut – if something doesn’t feel right then perhaps go and meet another photographer you like too.

You don’t want to be worrying about them on your day, or making sure they capture certain shots or directing them around. Speak to them about formal family shots you may want before hand, then just let them get on. They have had years of experiencing doing this, let them do what they do best. When it comes to creative fun shots with you and your partner, go with the flow, have fun and trust your photographer.

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You would recommend them

A great way to know if you have found your perfect wedding photographer is to ask yourself ‘would I recommend them to a friend?’ If the answer is yes, then get them booked. If you have any doubts then consider the reasons you wouldn’t – if you wouldn’t recommend them to a friend then why would you hire them yourself?

Ensure you pick a wedding photographer that you love, someone you trust and someone you know will capture the day how you want it captured and will present it beautifully.

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Book early

Top wedding photographers in the UK can be booked not just months in advance, but years. Many will be taking bookings for one to two years in advance – popular summer weekends in peak season will be quickly booked up. If you are planning your wedding and have your date set, then now is the time to find your wedding photographer and get them booked as quickly as possible. Don’t be left disappointed by finding a photographer who you love, but are already booked up on your wedding day. Once your venue and wedding date is confirmed, get straight onto your wedding photographer and get them booked.