First of all, I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2017 so far! Did you make any resolutions? Mine was to blog more! I'm hoping to have the time to blog more weddings and do some more general blog posts along with it. So, here we go!
Booking Your Wedding Photographer...
When to book: It's always, always best to try and book your photographer as early as possible. I know a lot of people say this but it's absolutely true, we do get booked up rather early. In fact, booking the photographer usually comes second to booking the venue / registrar and I've already had enquiries and bookings for 2018 and 2019.
The important details: When you enquire with a photographer, make sure you provide the date and location of your wedding first and foremost. If we send over a brochure and you fall in love with our work only to find out that we're already booked on your date, that's a bummer (for us and for you). If anyone enquires with me and I'm unavailable, I'll always recommend another photographer. It's always a photographer I know and trust so please do check them out if necessary.
Meet with your potential photographer: Most photographers will be more than happy to meet with you before you make a decision. After all, it's your big day and you need to gel well with the person who is going to be hanging around with a camera all day! It's important that you're comfortable with someone who could be potentially taking photographs whilst your dress is being tied or whilst shirts are being buttoned (and after you've had a glass or two of bubbly and have really let your hair down!).
Contracts: Check out the wedding photography contract! Ask questions, make sure you fill in all the details, dot the i's and cross the t's. A good photographer will have a contract that's easy to understand and if there's anything you don't understand, just ask. Both you and the photographer should keep a signed copy.
Feeding your photographer: Some photographers will pop a clause in their contracts regarding a meal and drinks, so if they turn up on the day expecting to be fed and you've not organised this, you could be breaching the contract (and they will probably end up quite grumpy about it!). I have a clause in my contract advising that most venues will cater for a bar meal and soft drinks for me within your booked package (so you do not need to pay any extra). If this is not the case then I need to be informed so I can arrange something myself. Whether's that's a packed lunch or popping off-site for a hot meal, I need to arrange my day accordingly so please do let me know.
Questions and payments: Have a list of questions for your potential photographer: Do they have back up equipment? What if they're sick on the day? What time will they arrive before the ceremony? When is the balance due and how much is the deposit? Every photographer will work slightly differently as it's how things work for them. Some photographers take a 50% deposit with the balance due a month or two before. Some take a smaller deposit with the full amount due a week before. Personally, I take a £75 deposit and the balance is then due 7 days before the wedding. Payment plans can also be arranged.
So, there we go. I really hope this blog was helpful to you and please feel free to leave me any feedback or comments (here or on my Facebook page).
Have a wonderful week everyone!