Your wedding is likely to be one of the most special and memorable days of your life couples spend months, sometimes even years, poring over the fine details of the big day and want to make sure every aspect is captured perfectly. That’s where your photographer comes in. Wedding photographers give you a snapshot of your big day, something you’ll treasure and likely show your grandchildren when you’re old. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right person to capture the special moments. Choose the perfect backdrop for your wedding album in our beautiful wedding venue in Wicklow, Tulfarris Hotel.
1. Do your Research.
For many, this day is your only wedding day and you likely have limited experience in hiring wedding photographers. Doing some high-level research about what to expect from a photographer will help to set your expectations. Getting recommendations from friends and family is a good way to vouch for individual wedding photographers in Ireland and Google reviews will also help. Start research and booking as early as possible – good photographers are always in demand and can be booked up to a year in advance.
2. Set your Budget.
As part of wedding planning, you should start with a budget. If you have no idea how much to budget for a photographer, do some research online and ask friends and family for guidance. Give yourself a 10% leeway on cost in case the photographer of your dreams is just slightly out of your budget. Remember good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good. Take stock of your options and choose a professional that suits your needs and budget.
3. Choose your Style.
Did you know there are different styles of wedding photography? You can choose from Traditional/classic, Editorial, Reportage, Photojournalistic, and more. A good photographer will effortlessly blend these styles to capture the essence of your big day, but many choose to specialize in one type. Decide with your partner which style you prefer, then make a shortlist of photographers near your wedding venue in Ireland.
4. Deep Dive.
Just like individuals on social media, photographers’ websites are a highlight reel of their best work. Once you have a short list of photographers selected, you can start a deep dive on each one. Check their website, their social media and also some pictures they were tagged in for a broader idea of their work. Reach out to some of their clients for reviews and recommendations. Send a couple of enquiries about dates before you settle on a photographer to make sure they’re available.
5. Build a Rapport.
Your photographer is going to be a guest at your wedding. When you have confirmed the dates with your chosen wedding photographer, it’s best to meet in person to see if you get along. You’ll want your photographer to be fun and so good at their jobs that no one notices them. Build a rapport with the person, either in person or by video call making sure your vision and personalities align.
6. Sign your Contract.
The contract will tell you exactly what to expect from the supplier. It should be specific about the cost, including any travel expenses or additions, how many prints to expect after the day, the time frame for turnaround, and other important aspects. Find out if they expect a meal on the day, the payment schedule, and if the worst happens, a contingency plan in case they are sick on the day.
7. Send your Shot List
Think about the shots you really want and make sure they are communicated to your photographer. Make a list of family and friend shots that are important that you capture and enlist your bridal and groom party to round them up during the day. Some of the best shots are unplanned so allow the photographer some creativity too.
There’s a wedding photographer out there for every budget and you should view wedding photography as an investment. Book the perfect backdrop for your big day in the stunning Tulfarris Hotel one of Wicklow’s premier wedding venues. We’d be happy to recommend Wicklow Wedding Photographers. Contact us for information about our packages or to arrange a visit.