Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

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Choosing Your Kent Wedding Photographer

Kent, London, and South-East wedding photographer Mykey Day offers brides the very best in wedding photography. Are you or a friend getting married in Kent, London, or the South-East? Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for a wedding photographer who will perfectly encapsulate the memories of your most special day.

1. Personality

When selecting a Kent wedding photographer you are selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group, all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process as you will be sharing your most special day with your photographer, and it’s important that they are someone you can have fun with – but more importantly, someone you can trust.

Your London wedding photographer’s personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. Ultimately it can impact your wedding photography and memories of your wedding day altogether. You will more than likely be working with your wedding photographer for up to a year or more, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and album design.

2. Price

While price is always a factor when selecting your Kent wedding photographer, it should not be the only thing that matters. All too often we hear horror stories from brides who made a decision for their wedding photography based purely on price. It can often return to haunt them for decades to come. When the cake has been eaten and the decorations taken down, when the DJ has stopped playing and your wedding guests have left, your wedding photography will be all you have to remember your wedding day.

Budget’s really do vary, and you need to decide how important the memories of your wedding day will be to you.  A rule of thumb suggested by many wedding magazines is 20% of your overall budget, but we have seen weddings on a high budget that spend 15%, and equally others who prize photography very highly, increase up to 40% of their overall budget.  This may sound crazy but their reasoning is, “What’s the point of spending lots of money on little things for our wedding day, if they will be forgotten in less than a month…” and it’s hard to argue with that.

3. Wedding Albums

What will you do with all your images from your wedding photographer? Most couples decide to place them in a beautifully designed wedding album that your wedding photographer should provide you with. Don’t underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day. This is your first family heirloom and your one keepsake you will have to forever remember your wedding.

When selecting a Kent wedding photographer you should look for an album that best represents you and your new family. Wedding albums come in all shapes and sizes. Questions you should ask your Kent wedding photographer: 1) How many pages come in the wedding album? 2) How many images will be in the wedding album? 3) What cover and page options are available for my wedding album?

4. Coverage

Something often overlooked when selecting a Kent or London wedding photographer is the number of hours that will be offered to cover your wedding day. Typically you will want your wedding photographer to be with you to document all the moments of your wedding day. After all, that’s why you are booking them. Typical coverage for an average wedding day is around 8-10 hours. Possibly more if you want preparation pictures and also have a big party planned!

Caution: Some Kent wedding photographers offer cheap wedding day packages and cheap wedding photography prices by not offering you enough hours for your day. Sometimes the bride & groom only realise they have limited hours with a wedding photographer on their day after they book their wedding photographer – and end up having to pay more down the line.

Also, don’t believe the “from bridal prep to first dance” myth, as often you’ll find in the small print a set number of hours of coverage in your package.  They may decide that six hours should be enough for this, and only offer that…

5. Engagement Pictures

Engagement sessions, also known as pre-wedding shoots, are an ideal way of getting to know your photographer. It’s important that you are comfortable working with them and will know what to expect from them on your wedding day.  Does your wedding photographer offer engagement sessions?  If not, this may be a red-flag…

An even bigger red-flag is if an engagement session is offered for free with a wedding collection – or even as a ‘taster’ session with no commitment to hire the photographer for your wedding day. This is a classic tactic that part-timers and semi-professionals use to drum up business wherever they can, and should be avoided at all costs!

Having an engagement session can significantly improve your wedding day images, as you’ll have learnt some simple tips and tricks on how to pose easily and without being too crazy.  This will mean you hit the ground running on your wedding day with a photographer you trust.

What will you do with your engagement images?  It’s pretty common for images from the engagement session to be used in save-the-dates and even wedding-websites.  But will you get any ‘hard-product’ from your wedding photographer with the engagement images?  Are they also included with your final images, or do you have to pay extra for the digital copies?

6. Number of Wedding Photographers

How many Kent wedding photographers would you like to cover your wedding day? Most weddings need at least two wedding photographers. This ensures that your wedding photographer is focused on working with your group and directing the day, getting the important pictures you want to keep, whilst the second wedding photographer is then able to capture the special candid moments and throw-away memories from your wedding that you will want to keep forever.

We firmly believe that having two wedding photographers at your wedding doesn’t just ‘double the number of pictures’, it triples the quality. The biggest example, if the bride is walking down the aisle, and obviously your wedding photographer is taking grand pictures of the bride’s procession, if there is only one photographer – then who is capturing the groom’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time??  This is one of many examples as to why two photographers is crucial.

7. Wedding Venue or Reception Location

There are so many amazing locations in Kent and the South-East to choose from, some of our favourites are: Cooling Castle Barn, Mountains Country House, Leeds Castle, Cavendish Square, Turkey Mill, The Orangery, Canterbury Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, Eastwell Manor, Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Hadlow Manor, The Hilton Hotel, Luton Hoo Hotel, Windsor Park, Surrey Quays, East Quay Venue, Birchwood Park GC, Kent Life Museum Maidstone, Black Horse Inn, St. George’s Centre, Broome Park Country House, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, The Lodge at Winchelsea, Oakwood Manor Hotel, Willsborough Windmill, Reach Court Barn, The Archbishop’s Palace, Bannatyne’s Hotel & Spa Wedding Days, Kent County Cricket Ground, and many, many more…

Things to consider include: what time of year will your wedding be?  Are you banking on a sunny day in England – or does your photographer have an inside plan should the worst happen? Consider this carefully as sometimes London wedding photographers have only one set of skills or equipment, and have no clue how to handle other conditions they are not used to.  Are they happy taking pics only inside? Do they have extra lighting if English weather isn’t playing ball? Are they happy to show you weddings from cloudy days as well as sunny?

London & Kent Wedding Photographer Mykey Day

Your Wedding Day will never be as important to anyone else as it is to you, but trust us when we say – your wedding will be crucially important to us as well! Please browse our website for examples of our work, and we look forward to making your wedding photographs special too.

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