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5 tips for choosing the right wedding photographer

Navigate the world of wedding photography

Once you’ve locked in your wedding venue, one of the next big decisions you’ll have to make is deciding on your wedding photographer. Your wedding album is something you’ll cherish for years to come so you want to make sure you pick a wedding photographer who will document your special day in a style you love. We’ve compiled our 5 hot tips to help make your wedding photographer decision that little bit easier.

1. DECIDE ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE

Like wedding dress designers, wedding photographers also have their own style as well. Some wedding photographers specialise in taking traditional and posed photographs whereas others take a ‘fly on the wall’ approach and their shots are more candid. So, it’s important to work out what photography style you both like as this will be very helpful in narrowing down your selection of photographers in the market.

2. WORK OUT A ROUGH BUDGET

Before you commence your research to find a wedding photographer make sure you discuss with your fiancé a ballpark figure of what you would like to spend on your wedding photos. This will help your potential wedding photographer to tailor a package within your means when it comes time to discuss the details.

3. GET TO KNOW YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

It’s important you both mesh well with your wedding photographer to ensure your photos are natural and you feel comfortable with your photographer on the day. To get a feel for their personality, read other customer testimonials on their website or try and meet with them fact-to-face. Another great idea is to have an engagement shoot before your big day to help both of you feel relaxed in front of the camera. Remember, if you’re hosting your wedding at Gabbinbar Homestead you’re most welcome to use our venue for your engagement shoot before your big day.

4. ASK TO SEE A FULL WEDDING

All photographers of course showcase their work on their website and social media platforms but generally they just showcase the hero shots or key moments from each wedding. Ask your potential wedding photographer if you can see a full wedding they’ve shot. This way, you can get an idea of the entirety of what he/she captures throughout the day.

5. BOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Just like wedding venues, a talented wedding photographer also books out quite quickly. We’d recommend locking in a wedding photographer as soon as you have decided on your wedding venue that way you will have some options and you’ll find a photographer which suits your style and budget.

Don’t forget the wedding planning team at Gabbinbar Homestead can also help by recommending an array of talented wedding photographers from across the Darling Downs and surrounding regions which of course, is all part of the ‘Gabbinbar Experience’.

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