Choosing a Wedding Photographer // Sydney

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

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How do I choose the right wedding photographer?

With all of the excitement and anticipation that comes with planning your wedding, the day will come and go more quickly than you could ever imagine. You'll want to remember what the day felt like, so you will want photos that authentically capture the day.

The best way to get the most value out of all the time and love you put into your wedding day is to make those moments tangible, so it's worth investing some thought into what you're looking for.

Highly styled? Or raw and unposed?

Selecting the right photographer starts with choosing a style.

Each and every photographer has a style, some are incredibly well known and have a very distinct style. Others have a simpler style allowing the images to almost make themselves, a documentary of a moment in time.

So which images are you drawn to? Do you find yourself making Pinterest boards of highly styled, posed images? Or something a little more raw and unposed.

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Great photography is an investment in your future

Professional portraits are a forever purchase, they immortalise moments that can never be re-visited.

It is, on rare occasions, possible to find a good photographer that’s inexpensive, (a super talented student, second shooter, or family friend) but as a rule, skilled, talented, and competent wedding photographers come at a price.

Not only are you paying for the time at your wedding, but the training, experience, equipment, and editing processes that goes into becoming a highly regarded wedding photographer.

Think for a moment about how much money you will spend on your wedding gown, the food, the flowers, all those gorgeous Pinterest worthy details.

Consider how you feel when you look though images of your parents on their wedding day or even your grandparents? Your images will outlast every single item from your day, and will be cherished by future generations.

You can expect to invest anywhere from $3000+ for quality wedding day coverage and different photographers package their experience and products differently.

Remember - you get what you pay for! Hire the best photographer that you can afford.

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Find a photographer you will enjoy spending ALL day with

You spend more time with your photographers than anyone else at your wedding, it’s a long, often emotional day, and sometimes it’s a little awkward if you’re not a fan of having your photograph taken, so it’s crucial to find someone you have good chemistry with, can be honest with, and that you can trust to do a great job.

Consider a "trial run"

Sarah and her photographers capture weddings with a minimum of fuss, but they understand that a wedding day can be stressful and so encourages potential couples to have a pre-wedding portrait session if they are nervous or unsure.