Brett Harkness Photography – Choosing The Right Photographer

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Hi, it’s Brett Harkness from Brett Harkness Photography. The wonderful world of weddings can be a minefield for the uneducated and the last thing you want to do is get it wrong on your special day. As a successful wedding photographer I would say that photography is one thing you can’t afford to scrimp on. You need to find a photographer that is passionate about their product, their image and the clients. Images and an album are the only things you will have left from the day and we hear too many horror stories from couples who went with their uncle or a friend or a photographer offering a cheap package and it all backfired.

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In today’s wedding photography market there is a lot of choice to suit all kinds of budgets, styles and needs. It is important that you meet with the photographer in person before thinking of booking. They may have the best images on the planet but if you don’t like them then it is not going to work. The photographer or photography team has to be someone that you want to have at your wedding also, despite the calibre of the work on offer.

Upon initial consultation you need to determine the following things:
(My answers in brackets)

1: How long the photography coverage is on the wedding day. (From getting ready to the speeches)

2: If the photographer does a pre-wedding shoot? ( Yes, very important)

3: How many pictures you get in your album? (The first 50 or 60 depending on the package)

4: How much are extra images to purchase for the album and loose?

5: Can I buy frames & smaller albums for parents etc…? (Yes)

6: Will the images be available online? (Yes)

7: Which album company do you use and do I get a choice of cover, size etc…? (Queensberry and yes, a great selection)

8: How much is it for the photographer to stay extra into the night or is this inclusive? (Depends on location but usually an extra £250)

9: Are there any travel costs involved? (Up to 1 1/2 hours from studio no charge, but can depend on location)

10: How many photographers will there be on the day? (If your photographer is any good then why should you need more than one?)

11: Is it necessary for the photographer to visit the location before the wedding day? (I would personally say no. If the photographer is good then they will be inspired on the day and look at the light differently than if they pre-visit)

12: Can I buy a CD slide show or high res versions of the images?

The last question can be quite a tough one. In my eyes any photographer worth their salt will not just give away the high res images. If the photographer cares about their product, the quality, the clients and do not want the images printed out anywhere you must be prepared to honour this and discuss with them your specific needs.

You must be prepared to pay for the high res images if you want them. The © should always remain with the photographer but now and then we will offer the high res for sale if the client feels it necessary. We have guidelines on where to print etc…. to try and get the best out of the imagery.

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Good photographers will get booked up very quickly. Sometimes two years in advance! Once you have found your fiance, your venue, then the photographer should be high on your list. We only shoot a small amount of weddings a year and once we have reached that number that’s it. Your budget for photography should initially be at least £1750+ with possibly more money being spent at the viewing stage. Any photographer charging much less than this I would run a mile from. Anyone charging more then you have to see the difference in the imagery, products, experience and eye to make it worth it.

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Ultimately you have to like the photographer’s style. You want someone there to capture the day. Good personality. Minimum fuss. Amazing images in a small amount of time. Even if you have to bring them from afar it shouldn’t matter. A lot of our clients are from London or overseas. It makes no difference to them or us. Our client care is second to none and the images will always remain on file no matter how far the clients live away. Remember the day is about the two of you not about the photographer. A good rapport is essential. Like I said this is the only thing that you will have left to remember your amazing day by, so make sure the choice is wise and not based primarily on price.

Brett

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