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What makes a good wedding photographer?

Haha! Our favourite question! And, I'm sure, one that you may or may not have pondered at some point. What, indeed, does make a good wedding photographer? Is it the quality of their pictures? Is it how they are on the day? Is it their communication before, during and after the day? Is it how they behave towards you and your wedding guests? Is it how they dress? Is it the type of equipment they use? Is it how they edit the photographs?

Starting at the very beginning (A very good place to start), let's take all those questions one at a time. Do you think a good wedding photographer should be judged solely on the quality of their pictures? Hmm... Tricky one. Yes, OBVIOUSLY, their pictures should be absolutely incredible and spot-on. You've worked hard to get your day perfect - and you would expect your photos to be perfect too. But if you're going to have someone you don't know with you all day long at your wedding, should there be more considerations than that?

Of course, it's important that your wedding photographer is great on your big day. You don't want someone that's going to be a misery-guts or a prima-donna. Don't forget the stereotypical wedding photographer, barking orders at bridesmaids and spending hours lining up boring group photo after boring group photo.... You want someone that's going to inject a bit of fun into the proceedings - to make you and your guests feel at ease and relaxed in front of the camera.

They say that communication is key, don't they? Clarity, availability and precision. You want somebody that's going to be available for a chat or a meeting. Someone that's on the end of the phone or email to answer any questions. Someone you know you can rely on to get back to you quickly with clear, concise answers to your questions about your wedding photography. Well look no further... We are happy to meet up in person, over Zoom (we all love Zoom, don't we!?) or over the good-old fashioned telephone. And not just before your wedding day - we're around afterwards too! We'll keep you fully updated about when your wedding photos will be ready and how you can see them. And then, if you haven't ordered a package with an album, we're here to talk you through the options and guide you through the process of choosing your album favourites.

On the day itself, we pride ourselves on our professionalism and courtesy. We tread the line between friendliness and proficiency. A lot of the time, we remain in the background - only coming forward for the critical moments - then we melt away again. Meaning you get to enjoy more of your day without any intrusion. When I say, 'melt away', that doesn't mean we're out the back, smoking a fag. It means we observe and capture all-important candid moments between you, your guests, friends and family. Moments that you may well miss.

How would you expect your wedding photographer to dress? Smartly I hope? Yes, we do indeed dress smartly for the occasion. Of course we do. It's a big day and we want to look the part! Although I will admit, comfortable shoes are usually necessary...! Other than that, we will look just like one of your wedding guests - only with lots of cameras around our necks.

Which brings me nicely on to the technical side of things. Oh God! Who cares what cameras you use!? I hear you cry. Well, for us, it's a bit of an important issue. Although there's a famous phrase about photographers which goes along the lines of, 'the most important part of a camera is the 12 inches behind it'.

To wrap things up then, a good wedding photographer is a combination of many things: expertise, experience, technical and people skills, patience, a sense of humour, stamina(!) and a rigorous determination to capture the best possible photographs for their client to remember their special day with. All that being said, a good wedding photographer is also someone that you'd like to have at your wedding.

Want to find out more? Check out our posts on What We Actually Do on Your Wedding Day and some top tips on How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Photographer.

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