How to Select a Wedding Photographer

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December is the month when most marriage proposals are made. If you are one of the lucky ones, you may start the New Year with a search for a wedding photographer. There are plenty of us to choose from, so how do you decide?

Capturing your Big Day


Your wedding is a very important occasion. Surrounded by friends and family, it will feel magical and you will want beautiful images to help you look back and remember the joys for years to come. This is where a professional wedding photographer comes in, but how do you trust that you have the right one?

 

I would recommend contacting a selection of local photographers, checking out their portfolio of images and speaking with them before decisions are made. Some will gel more than others in terms of your personality and your desired photography style.

Bride with bridesmaids and bouquets outside St Dunstan’s church Monks Risborough, classic winter wedding photography

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Newlywed smile in sunshine, classic wedding photography, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Bride and Groom run in stunning grounds Hamden House, Buckinghamshire, black and white reportage wedding photography.

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What Types of Wedding Photography Styles are There?

Wedding photography styles include:

 

Classic – traditional, timeless style filled with group shots of family & friends

Reportage photography – a less formal journalistic approach, creating a story of how the day unfolds

Editorial – inspired by fashion magazine images, this offers a poised and polished record of the day

Fine art – A colourful, light style of photography influenced by film

Dramatic – this popular trend focuses on strong contrasts between light & dark

Black & White – most other styles will include some black & white shots, but some wedding parties prefer to avoid colour

 

Whatever the style, a photographer’s portfolio should include a variety of close up and group shots. You want to remember everyone who was part of your big day.

Wedding couple share a romantic kiss in the arches of St Albans Cathedral, black and white photography, Hertfordshire.

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Japanese Bride and Groom throw the wedding bouquet, reportage wedding photography central London.

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Romantic wedding photography, couple surrounded by lily pads at the iconic Stoke Place wedding venue Buckinghamshire.

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What's included in a Wedding Photography Package?


I offer three wedding photography packages; classic, exclusive and modest. Each includes an initial meeting to discuss your requirements, answer questions and offer advice. This gives you a feel for whether my personality and style fit your vision.


Full details of what is included in each package are shared on my website: https://www.abigailstudio.co.uk/wedding-photography-information/


To provide further reassurance, I offer a 30-minute engagement shoot either in my Chilterns studio or on location. The cost of this is deducted from the wedding fee.


What Questions to ask a Wedding Photographer

These are good questions to help you make an informed choice. I include my answers so you can compare them with other photographers.

 

Are you available on the wedding day?

Summer weekends are especially busy for wedding photographers, so check availability before you delve any deeper.


Do you have professional photographer insurance?

I have £2 million cover for public liability 


How long will I have to wait for my photographs?

It takes me approximately 2 weeks to prepare your images. You will receive the collection in a digital format, which will also be uploaded onto a private gallery on my website. Login details are provided, so this can be shared with guests.


What geographical area do you Cover?

As a photographer based in the Chilterns, I primarily cover Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.


Are retouching, colour adjustment and other editing services included in your package costs?

Yes, I provide light editing as part of my service.


Are albums or prints included in your packages? 

No, I provide a full selection of digital images within the package cost. I can provide photographic or canvas prints and albums at an additional cost.


Will we have the rights to the images?

Once full payment has been received, you own the rights to all wedding images. I will ask your permission before using any of your images on my website or other marketing material.


Can I see examples of your wedding photography?

Of course! Here is the link to my wedding photography gallery.

My Favorite Wedding Venues 2022

Classic wedding photography, couple in front of bridge stoke place, Buckinghamshire, luxury wedding venue.

Classic wedding photography, Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire.

Relaxed wedding photography of young couple with bridal party, Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire.

Classic wedding photography, Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire.

Bride and Groom stand on traditional Japanese red bridge in stoke place grounds, destination wedding photography style.

Classic wedding photography, Stoke Place, Buckinghamshire.

Classic Wedding Photography - Stoke Place

This iconic Buckinghamshire venue always delvers stunning photography, from the famous bridge to the sun drenched pillars and steps at the back it always delivers the best in wedding photography. I love the traditional Japanese bridge to give an extra destination wedding feel to the wedding album. Find out more about their exclusive wedding packages on their website: Stoke Place Weddings

Wedding Couple walk through lavender garden, classic photography at St Helens church Benson, Oxfordshire.

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Classic wedding photography showing the blessing of the rings St. Helen's Church, Benson, Oxfordshire.

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A balcony kiss overlooking a stunning garden, best secret wedding venues 2022 Oxfordshire.

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Best on a Budget - St Helens Church, Benson


This stunning church nestled in the Oxfordshire country side has a simply stunning secret garden which easily equals some of high end wedding venues. To check your eligibility why not get in touch the team using this link: Benson and Ewelme Churches.

Indian couple toast wedding in traditional outfits, wedding photography in the gardens of Harrow School, Hertfordshire.

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Indian civil ceremony, sealed with a kiss, classic photography at the Harrow School, Hertfordshire.

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Dohl Drummers accompany groom at the start of this beautiful wedding, photography at Harrow School Hertfordshire.

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Love the Unique? - Harrow School

The halls of the Harrow School dance to a different beat during the weekends. With stunning scenery, including great views over London with for your guest to enjoy, this eclectic venue offers civil ceremonies, receptions and Asian Weddings all with a twist! Read all about it o their designated weddings website: Harrow School Weddings