Choosing the right Kent Wedding Photographer is a very important job, especially if like me you hate having your photo taken but still want great photos of your wedding day. There are a lot of cheap photographers out there, and a lot around offering the same kind of service for the same kind of money , so how do you really go about choosing your Kent Wedding Photographer? Well here are the answers to a few of the questions I get asked regularly……
Well there are a number of answers to this, so before you call and speak to me in person I would just like to say
This is a funny thing to say, especially in a recession where businesses are desperate for work, however the first thing I normally say to a couple is ‘feel comfortable with your Kent wedding photographer and your photos will be so much better’. I whole heartedly stand by this (even if it isn’t me) because if you feel comfortable with your photographer you will relax and smile more easily. That is why I never book a wedding without first meeting both the Bride and Groom and ensure that we have a face-to-face pre-wedding chat so that by the time your wedding day arrives you will feel at ease with me (and my camera!).
My service does not stop once I have your money and your photos have been taken. From the moment I meet you until your wedding album/disk/prints are delivered you have my undivided attention. For those of you considering a wedding album I am proud to say that I am only one of a few Kent wedding photographers who actually invite you to the office to proof each page of your album with me. That way not only do you remain happy with your service but you get your wedding album the way YOU want it .
I do not believe that one style of wedding photography truly captures a wedding day. I do believe that great interaction between a couple means that height, weight, age and beauty are not important, but I always strive for a mix of informal shots to be used with reportage/journalistic photography, a few traditional shots (usually for the parents) and some creative and directed photography to give you those exceptional images that your friends just don’t have. All this can easily be achieved with very minimal disruption to your day (about 1/2 hour devoted purely to your wedding photography) with the right planning at a face to face pre-wedding chat where we talk through EVERYTHING together. The different mixes also means that you end up with an album that tells the story you want it to and isn’t just a series of formally posed images or that you end up missing the one photograph that you really wanted to take with your mum, sister and nan etc. When hiring your Kent wedding photographer it is important to not only like the way they capture the day, but the presentation of your final images as well.
I believe in a well presented, quality wedding album and not just digital image packages in order to showcase your day. You spend so much money on dresses and suits, cakes, flowers and food, that it seems a shame to take the only memories you are likely to have down to Asda’s or Boots and print them off at 15p per print and stick them in a peel and press album that somebody gave you as a wedding present. You can of course buy all of your wedding images on disk to print for your family and friends but all my packages include an album so that I know you have something beautiful to remember your day with. If you are going to hire a professional Kent wedding photographer, you are investing in your future.
I am an active member of the British Institue of Professional Photographers which means that not only do I have all of the idemnity insurances necessary to operate as a professional Kent wedding photographer, but I have a professional code of conduct too (which I take very seriously). In March 2010 I won my first professional photography competition, earning the title of ‘Award Winning Photographer’ and have been judged to produce a consistent level of professional work by my esteemed colleagues, mentors and peers. I also like to mention that I am in a local (to Kent) network of photographers who, should anything happen in the lead up to your wedding, will step in and cover me should I be too ill to attend on the day. This has NEVER happened but like most things in life it’s good to have a back up plan and is one less thing for you to worry about.
….which means that I do know what you are going through. Being a female Kent wedding photographer definately has it’s advantages too as I love to make women look good and know how to do this really well. I bring the feminine touch and emotion to your wedding photography and you don’t have to be embarrassed about ME seeing you in your underwear. As I hate being photographed myself I also bring a sensitivity about how women want to be seen by their friends and family and am therefore very discreet.