If your big day is approaching, you’ll know just how much there is to do beforehand to get things ready. One of the big jobs is choosing your location as this will provide the backdrop to the whole event, so you’ll want it to be like Goldilocks – just right! Devon’s rolling countryside and stunning coastline make for the perfect location for many, as the jaw-dropping landscapes provide the most romantic of landscapes.
Of course, you’re going to want a photographer to capture as much of your special day as possible, but how do you choose? Let us break down what you should be looking for in your Devon wedding photographer, from the research process to the big day, so you can be sure you’re making the right choice.
One of the biggest things when selecting your wedding photographer is that their style matches what you’ve envisioned. Not everyone wants the same standard group shots and the classic portrait style images of the bride and groom on their big day; many couples look for a style of work that is more relaxed and unique. Each and every photographer has their own style so it’s important that you choose the right one to match your theme.
Research is key at this stage. It’s so important to spend time together looking through lots of different portfolios of work before you settle on your wedding photographer, so you can rest assured that your images will be perfect. For wedding photography in Devon that’s shot in a natural, relaxed and creative style, Wonderlust Weddings are available for bookings this wedding season. Take a look at our portfolio of work.
Part of the selection process is whether your photographer can cater to what you want on your big day and what they offer. If you’ve planned an evening wedding, do you know if your photographer operates in low-light? Will they plan to only be there for the ceremony and a few snaps afterwards, or will they work with you throughout the day to ensure they capture everything?
You might find that you like the style of work some photographers have done before, but the circumstances and setting of your wedding might be very different to that, so the results are unlikely to be the same. Speak with a few photographers before you make your selection to ensure they can cater to your needs, and see how they can adjust their expertise to suit you.
Sarah Miller, Wonderlust Weddings photographer says: “At Wonderlust Weddings we are very flexible so we can fit around most people’s plans. We will meet up and discuss any requirements that you have before you book so that we can ensure you are happy with your choices. We can go through timings, options for albums and how many photographers you require.”
Weddings are full of laughter, happiness, tears and romance and can feel very personal to you, so you need to be aware that your wedding photographer almost becomes an extra guest on the big day. Your photographer will be working in close proximity to you for a large part of the day so you need to ensure that your personalities match well. We recommend meeting up with your photographer before the big day to make sure you’re a match.
Sarah adds: “Find someone you feel at ease with and make sure they understand what you want from your photography. At Wonderlust Weddings we are very proud that so many of our wedding couples have written to us afterwards and commented on how relaxed they felt with us and how it was like having a friend take their wedding photographs.”
An important factor is your budget. This is something that comes into consideration for every other aspect of your wedding, so your photographer should not be an exception. Think about what you want of your photographer and do your research to work out a reasonable cost for that service. You should be happy with the quality of your images but you need to ensure it fits within your budget.
Have you got an idea for your wedding snapshots in mind? Where possible, be sure to share your schedule with your photographer so they can plan around you and be there for every special moment, from the bridal party and/or groomsmen getting ready, right up until the party at the end of the night. You need to be able to relax and enjoy your big day as much as your guests will, especially since you’ll have spent so long planning it!
You don’t want to be worried about what your wedding photographer is doing and whether or not they’ll be there to capture the right moments. You need to be able to trust that your photographer will be there at all the right times and that the images they produce will be everything you imagined.
Sarah recommends: “As well as meeting up before you book we will also meet up around 2-4 weeks before the wedding to go through final plans for the day at the wedding venue, we can help plan when and where to do the group and couple shots as well as discuss any specific shots you are after.”
For stunning Devon wedding photography, look no further than Wonderlust Weddings. Sarah and husband, Aaron work together to create picture-perfect memories of your big day by capturing every special moment. If you’re interested in booking us for your wedding photography, please do get in touch – we hope we’re the perfect fit!