How to choose the perfect wedding photographer for your special day.
Updated: Nov 2
Choosing the perfect wedding photographer is a crucial decision as they will capture the moments that you'll cherish for a lifetime.
Here are some steps to help you select the right photographer for your wedding day:
1. Determine Your Style:
Decide on the style of photography you prefer. For example traditional, photojournalistic/documentary, artistic. Look at different wedding photography styles and find out which one resonates with you.
Also look at a photographer's editing style and see which suits your taste whether it be light and airy or bold and dynamic.
Kazooieloki are known for our bold photojournalistic approach with an editorial style to our portraits.
Our aim has always been to tell a story of your wedding day through natural photographs rather than ones that have been staged or posed by your photographer.
This gives life and energy to your memories and when you receive your gallery it will be a true reflection of what actually happened on your wedding day.
Our editing style has always been vibrant and bold giving a look of dynamism to your images.
2. Set a Budget:
Determine how much you're willing to spend on photography. This will help you narrow down your options and focus on photographers within your budget.
Our business is aimed towards the luxury end of the market reflecting our standing in the industry and the multiple awards we have won.
That said, we believe our fees are incredibly competitive given the standard of work we offer you.
3. Do Your Research:
Start your search early so not to be disappointed.
Look for photographers in your area and also on a broader scale as most photographers love to travel.
Check their portfolios on their websites or social media profiles.
We very much love to travel and never wanted to be a "Venue Photographer" shooting the same thing every week.
We love to travel and meet new people as it keeps not only our portfolio fresh but also ourselves.
Read reviews and testimonials from previous clients, this is essential as a first step in building the trust of the company responsible for capturing your memories.
As a Lincolnshire Wedding Photographer, we cover the whole of the UK and beyond including:
4. Meet Potential Photographers:
Arrange meetings with potential photographers. This is an opportunity to see more of their work, discuss your vision, and see if your personalities mesh well.
We absolutely love meeting with potential clients, it's one of our favourite parts of the wedding journey.
We have been shooting weddings for 11 years and still get the same buzz of excitement when we first meet a couple and listen to their wedding day dreams and ideas.
5. Review Portfolios:
Ask to see complete wedding albums or galleries from past weddings.
This will give you a better sense of the photographer's consistency and style throughout an entire event.
Reviewing a potential photographer's portfolio is an essential way for you to see whether you love their style and if it is consistent with how you would love your memories to be captured.
Kazooieloki has an extensive portfolio online and are always happy to share our client galleries with potential couples.
We keep our social media vibrant and fast-moving in a way that reflects our style.
6. Check Credentials:
Ensure the photographer is experienced in shooting weddings.
Wedding photography is unique and requires specific skills, especially in handling different lighting conditions and capturing candid natural moments.
This can only be gained through experience and confidence.
As an award winning wedding photographer, we believe our credentials and standing in the wedding industry are second to none.
We have vast experience gained by shooting weddings professionally for 11 years.
During that time we have gained the following accolades.
2023 Wedisson UK and World Wedding Photographer Of The Year
2022 Wedisson UK Wedding Photographer Of The Year
2019 Bridebook UK Wedding Photographer Of The Year
2020 The Wedding Industry Awards Highly Commended
in 2017 we were selected to photograph Price Charles (now King Charles)
We have photographed for Vogue
7. Ask About Packages:
Inquire about the packages your potential photographer may offer.
Understand what's included in the packages, such as the number of hours, albums, prints, and digital files. Make sure you get a clear understanding of the pricing and any additional costs.
Ask about engagement or pre-wedding shoots as part of their packages. This is a great way to get to know your photographer's style and become more comfortable in front of the camera.
Check whether they will offer a series of preview images from your big day.
Ask how long their editing lead times to final gallery are.
Kazooieloki have always tried to keep this side of our business simple, we don’t really offer the industry standard "Gold, Silver, Bronze, Mega Platinum etc" packages most wedding photographers offer, what we do offer is a standard of photography unrivalled and just give you our best every time.
You are unique and every wedding day is different so the one size fits all method of quoting just doesn't fit for us.
We will always send our couples a series of preview images you may share on your social media.
Our editing times are normally around two to three weeks for final galleries but this may be slightly longer during busy periods.
8. Discuss Your Expectations:
Clearly communicate your expectations. Discuss the shots you definitely want, the schedule of events, and any specific locations you want to be included.
Determine clearly when you would like your coverage to start and finish and if you require and family group photos.
Our approach has always been incredibly simple, we let you be you!
Our laid back fun style enables us to capture these moments, whilst having a bucket load of laughs along the way.
Our belief that your wedding day should be full of smiles, laughter, tears and emotional meltdowns in all their natural glory.
9. Check Availability:
Ensure the photographer is available on your wedding date. Popular photographers can get booked well in advance, so it's essential to confirm their availability to avoid disappointment.
Kazooieloki tend to book up around 18 months to two years in advance, especially during busy periods.
We also cap our weddings to around 40 per year to ensure our standard stays high and we always deliver excellence for our clients.
10. Review the Contract:
Carefully read the contract. Ensure it outlines all the services, costs, payment schedule, cancellation policy, and any other important details.
Seek clarification on anything you don’t understand.
We are always happy for potential clients to read our contract before booking for transparency.
11. Trust Your Instincts:
Choose a photographer you feel comfortable with.
Trust your instincts about their personality and professionalism. You should feel at ease with them, as they will be capturing intimate moments on your big day.
This is a great point. You should always go with your heart. Your wedding day is an emotional day as well as the build up so just follow your instincts and heart.
They are usually right.
12. Finalize and Confirm:
Once you've made your decision, confirm all the details in writing.
Stay in touch with your photographer as the wedding day approaches to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Remember that your wedding photographs will be a lasting memory of your special day. Taking the time to choose the right photographer will ensure you have beautiful, timeless images to cherish for years to come.
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