The Bride Side: Finding a Photographer

Finding a photographer was a super important thing for us to get right, and it is for many other couples. The lovely Hannah shares with us her experiences of finding their photographer.

 

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The Bride Side – Finding a Photographer

Having studied photography to degree level myself, finding the right photographer proved a big challenge. I scoured wedding blogs, Twitter, asked friends and did many google searches for ‘editorial wedding photographer’, ‘alternative wedding photographer’, ‘wedding photographer sussex’, the list was endless.
 
Prices seemed to vary a lot and I decided I was willing to spend a bit more than I had planned to get someone I was really happy with. I found that quite a few photographers didn’t list their prices on their website so you will need to spend a bit of time contacting different people for quotes based on how many hours you want them for and whether or not you want prints or just digital images.
 

I made things harder for myself by deciding that I wanted a photographer that would cover some video as well as I knew we didn’t have extra money in our budget to get a videographer and the photography was my priority. This cut down my options considerably and I had to rule out some photographers I loved but this way we will really be capturing the mood of the day. Having someone who captures video on their SLR camera will also mean that guests won’t know when they are being photographed or filmed so I’m hoping we’ll get some natural footage this way.

I suggest looking for your photographer as soon as you have booked your venue. The good ones book up fast, sometimes a year or 2 in advance.
 

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Don’t assume that because you have been emailing someone back and forth that they will show you any loyalty in letting you know if they get another enquiry for that wedding date. I found this out the hard way. I spent a long time making a decision and a photographer I really liked took another booking without giving me first refusal, as I hadn’t confirmed. Until you have paid a deposit, you can’t assume that your date will still be available when you make a decision and go back to them.

The fabulous photographer I chose was Hannah Millard aka Camera Hannah. She is based in Derbyshire but covers West Sussex. I found her through a friend’s Twitter.
 

Hannah takes more informal shots, which is what I wanted. Un-staged, in the moment shots with some video along the way. She uses a second photographer if requested to capture different angles and the groom getting ready.

 

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More than anything else, I felt like a weight had been lifted once I had confirmed my photographer. There are still so many small things (and some fairly big things) to organise for my wedding (just over 3 months now – eeek!) but I know that even if I don’t quite manage to hand make all the bunting, pom poms and little details that I hope to, Hannah will capture every detail and emotion on the day. 
You may get offers from friends or family to take photos for your big day, but unless they are a professional photographer, I would recommend investing in a professional because in years from now the photos will be what you look back on. They stay in the family for decades and may even end up in your online family tree. I know I look back fondly on the wedding photos that my Dad has tracked down in our family tree going back generations.

Please feel free to comment with your photographer recommendations for other future brides. I also have a shortlist of photographers that I looked into. If you are in the Sussex or London area you can leave me a message below and I will email you my list.

Now back I go to my to-do list….
 

Hannah x

 

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