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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Photographer 

Wedding Planning – 02.06.17


Updated 20.12.2022

Choosing the right wedding photographer for you is one of the most important decisions you have to make in your wedding planning journey. Your wedding photographs are the single best way to guarantee that every magical moment of your day is captured for you to remember, and look back on, forever.

But how do you select the right photographer for you?


How to select the Right Wedding Photographer for You



Identifying your preferred photography style is one of the most important things to consider, so it’s time to start researching.

Some of the key styles of wedding photography you’ll come across include:

  • Documentary photography – this is where your photographer takes photos as candidly and naturally as possible, documenting your day as it happens. This style is great for those who hate having to stand, smile and pose when they’d much rather be mingling with a drink in hand!
  • Traditional photography – expect more typical, styled wedding photographs and portraiture which will include group photographs and posed photographs around your wedding venue and grounds.
  • Fine art photography – this is where each photograph is creatively crafted, with a focus on lighting, angles and composition.
  • Black and white – think about whether you’d like a mixture of colour and / or black and white photography, as some photographers will specialise in one or the other.

Normally one of the styles above will jump out at you once you start to build a shortlist of the photographers you like.



Set a realistic budget (the average is £1,600 – £2,000 – Hitched) to ensure you’re searching for the right calibre of photographer.

While £1,500 does sound like a lot of money, your photos are one of the most important things to invest in. You’ll have them for the rest of your lives.


Review portfolios

Once you have your shortlisted photographers (ideally between two and five), explore each of their portfolios to see which of them stand out to you as being most aligned with the vision you have for your wedding day photographs.


Arrange a meeting

Finally, the most important factor when deciding upon a wedding photographer is the relationship. Try to meet your preferred photographer/s in person.

Your photographer is going to be spending a whole day with you so you need to make sure that you gel. Meet them face-to-face, ask questions, discuss their portfolio and see how you feel around them. Do they put you at ease? Do you feel that they understand what you want? The more relaxed you are around your photographer, the more natural and at ease your photos will be.


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Combermere Abbey’s preferred
wedding photographers today

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