Choosing a Wedding Photographer in EdinburghChoosing a wedding photographer in Edinburgh can be a daunting task - there are so many to choose from and when you begin your search you may find it hard to pick one. Most people begin the process with little idea of what they are looking for. They may scour the local yellow pages for a wedding photographer but this really isn?t the best method of choosing someone who is going to capture images of the most important day of your life.
One of the best ways to choose a wedding photographer is by word of mouth. If you know someone who was married recently ask them about which wedding photographer they used. They?ll be happy to show off the pictures that were taken and to also share how the experience was for them. It?s a bit tacky to ask about the price of the photographer unless you are very close to the person and you?ve discussed financial issues in the past.
If you don?t have the luxury of a personal recommendation for a wedding photographer, consider doing some research on the Internet. Most Photographers have their own website, usually with a gallery of photos from previous weddings and sometimes with a pricelist. If they don't have a pricelist you can email or phone them and quickly have one sent to you or emailed to you.
When I started looking for photographers I was quite shocked at the price - I had planned £800 in my budget, but was finding that many photographers came back with starting prices of over £1000 for their basic package (usually 30 or so photos in an album). One photographer even started at £1750! No way are we going to spend that much on our photos!
In the end I browsed through lots of websites that I found via Yell, Google or wedding magazine adverts and built up a short list. I contacted them all for availability and price and crossed the ones that weren't available or had too high a price off my list. That got me down to a list of 6 or 7 photographers. Another way to do this is to go to a wedding fair - many photographers set up stalls at wedding fairs with examples of their work.
Once you have your short list, call up each wedding photographer on your list. Ask to meet with them and explain that you?d like to see their portfolio and discuss the possibility of having them work with you on your wedding. An experienced wedding photographer will welcome the chance to meet with you and will suggest a time that is convenient. It is important to do this and make sure you feel comfortable with the photographer, after all, he or she will be spending a large portion of your day with you.
It?s very important once you do choose a photographer to discuss with him or her, what you imagine for your wedding day. If there are particular images that you want explain that in detail. They are great behind the camera but a little guidance on your expectations is always welcomed.
So far we have been to visit two photographers and we will visit a third one before making the decision. Both were really friendly, showed us lots of their work, answered all our questions, showed us different albums and discussed the different packages with us.
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