Wedding Photographers in Surrey
Relaxed, Stylish yet Affordable
Having been wedding photographers at over five hundred weddings, we know what can make a wedding memorable for the right reasons and what can make one you'd prefer to forget! The following tips will help you choose a wedding photographer who will help make your wedding run smoothly:
The first thing you need to decide is why do you want a photographer? If you just want loads of snaps taken at the wedding which you will mainly view on your computer then a relative or one of the part-time photographers offering 1000 pictures for £250 will do. If however,
you want someone who will help support you on the day, quickly and unobtrusively create wonderful pictures of the Bride and Groom, group shots of the Bridal Pary followed by candids showing the wedding atmosphere rather than blurred images of ears, bald heads and people with half a vol-au-vont
in their mouths (We've seen them!), then you need to choose an experienced wedding photographer. Experience is more expensive but would you risk buying your wedding dress from someone who had only made chair covers as a hobby?
- Once the wedding and honeymoon is over, the one thing which keeps the memories alive are your photographs so it's important you choose a wedding photographer who is experienced with many venues and weather conditions. It's one thing spending hours in a warm,
dry studio setting up lighting to shoot a product or portrait but in a cold dark church where you're not allowed to use flash or walk around to get the best angle, you have to know what you're doing. And what if one minute it's raining, the next overcast quickly followed by bright
sunshine? It's no use struggling with camera exposure or searching for the best position when time is against you. And what if the traffic was bad delaying the bride by 45 minutes? All that time to take photos and relax is now all but gone. An experienced wedding photographer will
cope but a fashion/portrait photographer, student, part-time amateur or family friend will not. Imagine the pressure that family friend would be under!!
- Is the wedding photographer experienced in Reportage photography, quickly able to unobtrusively capture candid moments reflecting the atmosphere of your wedding yet still experienced in arranging group shots of the "Main players"? The more "Traditional" wedding photographers tend to
spend ages posing the Bride, Groom and groups leaving you no time to mingle with family and friends.
- Does the wedding photographer know the venue - If not, will he visit it before the wedding day, not just five minutes before the Groom arrives? Obviously a wedding photographer experienced at a particular venue will know the best places to take photographs but no-one could know
every venue and providing a visit takes place within a couple of weeks before the day, they will be well prepared and have a poor weather contingency. We often arrange to meet the Bride and Groom during such a visit explaining what we will do on the day and meet with the venue staff to
- How many professional cameras will your wedding photographer have? One camera, lens and flashgun is never going to be enough especially if they're not professional quality. Rain will certainly ruin amateur equipment in a matter of minutes: What then? Our
lenses alone cost over a thousand pounds each and the cameras much more and we always have three sets at each wedding!
- Will the wedding photographer get on with you, your guests and the other professionals on the day? We know a lot of good technical wedding photographers but their interpersonal skills leave a lot to be desired! We've even seen a wedding photographer who didn't know the first names of the Bride and Groom!
It's important beforhand, that you meet the wedding photographer who will be attending on the day and that you feel relaxed with him or her. Your wedding photographer also needs to get on with the registrar/celebrant/venue staff and not expect the World to revolve around him or her on the day. Everyone needs to
work together to make your day special. One wedding photographer we know took the couple away for two hours for photographs leaving the banqueting staff tearing their hair out as the wedding breakfast was getting cold!
- Will the wedding photographer call all the relevant people together for the photographs? Forget the wedding books that tell you the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid will assist the wedding photographer doing this - they're be too busy chattting and drinking! From the meeting we have with the Bride and Groom beforhand,
we have a list of all the people you want in your photographs and will call them in by their first names (providing they're o.k. with this!) making the group shots as quick as possible. Leaving the make up of the groups shots 'till the actual wedding day is a recipe for disaster (It will take forever and you'll always forget some family member
and have grief forever more!). On the subject of groups, don't try and have a photograph with everyone at the wedding - it will take ages: What takes the time is finding people who have wandered off to the bar/car park/loo. We are very quick at arranging people but if you want fifty different groups (It has been asked!),
even at a very fast average of three minutes per group, that would take two and a half hours! It's far better to spontaniously take small group shots of friends as the wedding photographer is walking round taking candids.
- Will the wedding photographer assist you with other aspects of your wedding? With our experience, we can advise you on every aspect of your wedding day to help it run smoothly. In the absence of a Master of Ceremonies, we liaise with the other professionals to ensure everything runs on time: We often usher people into
the Wedding Breakfast then announce the entrance of the Bride and Groom when venue staff have been under pressure: It's all part of the service!!
- Relax, Relax and then Relax a bit more! It's the Bride and Grooms' special day so let the professionals get on with organising it for you. Professionals know what they're doing and have seen it all before: Their experience will help make sure your day runs smoothly so have a drink and enjoy yourselves!
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