Hiring a Wedding Photographer
Getting married soon? Not sure when to start looking for a wedding photographer? To be honest, there’s no right and wrong time to start looking. However, there are a few things you need to bear in mind before prioritising your wedding tasks. When it comes to wedding photography, some people prefer booking a photographer years in advance and some prefer to book months before. Over the years we have come across many couples, some who value photography and some who simply don’t think it’s a big deal. Below are a few reasons as to why you might not want to leave wedding photography to the last minute.
1. Photographers Work On A First Come First Serve Basis
Like any other wedding related service, most wedding photographers usually work on a first come first serve basis. What you need to bear mind is there are 50 weekends roughly in a year and most weddings happen on a weekend. On average some photographers have a number of how many weddings they can shoot each month, some may shoot 5 a month and some may shoot 20 a month, this all depends on the photographer’s lifestyle and hours of work. If you have a particular photographer in mind then contact them as soon as possible before its too late.
2. You Will Be Stressed If You Leave It Too Late
Planning a wedding alone can be stressful. If you are someone that doesn’t like stress or can’t cope well with stress then yes, you need to plan things in advance. Besides booking a wedding venue, find the right dress, shoes etc, wedding photography should also be high on the priority list (If you love pictures).
3. You Will Be Disappointed If You leave It To Your Friends & Family
As easy as it sounds, shooting a wedding from start to finish isn’t easy. Yes, anyone can buy a camera and shoot a wedding but delivering a high-quality wedding album with well-documented photographs is another story. Whilst the average person might be able to figure the shots to capture on the wedding day, you also need to question your friend or relative if they have right equipment to capture your wedding? Will they actually turn up on the day? How long will it take before you get your photographs? Do they have backup equipment incase things go wrong? All these questions need to be answered and the only person who can give you answers is someone with experience. In our experience having a friend to shoot your wedding is extremely risky.
5. You Will Budget Better
Budget plays a key part in wedding planning, the beautiful thing about booking photography in advance is you have options to spread the cost. If you are planning a wedding on a tight budget this might be something worth considering. some photographers may offer this and some may not. If you are definitely set on hiring a wedding photographer and feel you need to get this out of the way soon then, by all means, pay in full and forget about it.
6. You Will Not Be Disappointed by A Professional
If you are looking for a professional wedding photographer to capture your day then yes, you definitely need to get in touch as soon as possible to secure your date. Most photographers offer a desposit option to secure your date, whilst others might have different options, its just as important to know what your options are in advance. We all hate disappointments, the last thing you want to hear from your favourite photographer is an apology advising they are not available for your date. Most professional photographers get booked months and even years in advance, so leaving wedding photography to the last minute might not be the best idea.
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