When it comes to choosing a wedding photographer the decision is incredibly difficult. There are hundreds if not thousands of wedding photographers to choose from in Liverpool and the Northwest. It can be very difficult to distinguish between us all.
We have put some advice together in the form of questions and answers below. This is the advice I would give family and friends when booking all aspects of a wedding;
How long has the person been doing what they are offering?
Experience is key. I have been shooting weddings alongside my wife now for over 14 years, we have been all over the world covering weddings. The benefits of this is we are a team, we know exactly what the other is doing on a job and communicate seamlessly.
Having done this for so long we have built relationships with venues and other wedding suppliers, meaning when it comes to the day of your wedding, we have a bond with the vast majority of companies, making the running and communication a breeze.
Does the company have all the correct insurance, safety checks and registered with companies house?
You are spending a lot of money, so you need to ensure you are in safe hands.
I would always check with companies house to make sure the supplier you are looking at is actually registered as a business. You will be able to check if they are VAT registered and this will give you an indication of their scale. If they aren't registered with companies house then it would suggest their offering is a business which is part time.
I would then ask to see if they have the correct insurance. We have public liability insurance, asset insurance, professional indemnity insurance and fleet insurance for our vehicles.
It is also important that your supplier have the correct PAT electric tests on their equipment. As failure to produce these to your wedding venue may result in the supplier not being able to plug anything electrical in.
What do you do when your not shooting weddings?
This is a question that is usually directed to your photography and film maker, however isn’t limited to them. I love being asked this question as i am able to chat about all of the projects we have been involved in over the years. Myself and my wife have been involved in a number of television projects, most recently a documentary that was screened on Sky.
Steven who is our sales and marketing manager was involved in a project we ran called Band In A Box TV. For this project we toured the UK hosting events and streaming the live music.
I work a lot within the automotive industry providing film and stills content for some of the largest car retailers in the UK.
I could go on and on with the projects we are proud of. However, the point is that any professional will not only be involved in weddings. Get a sense of what else your wedding photographer does. This will give you an insight into their abilities. You can view our other business Keyhole Productions here: www.keyholeproductions.co.uk
Why do you shoot weddings?
I think this is one of the most important questions you can ask.
Shooting a wedding isn’t like shooting a corporate job. It is the biggest day of your life! As such it needs to be approached with passion, care and dedication.
I shoot weddings because I love being a part of the day. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than standing behind the priest/registrar shooting the emotion that is happening in front of me.
Seeing the father of the brides face when he sees the bride for the first time. Hearing the speeches and history, joy, hope and excitement that come from them.
Being able to capture this gives me more satisfaction than shooting anything commercial. Yes its great seeing your work on television or in a magazine, but wedding images are cherished forever. They become a part of your families history and to be a part of that is a great honour. It’s a privilege to be a part of a wedding and every time i shoot one, it fuels my passion for the profession.
We all need contingency plans, what if the photographer is sick on the day, what if the Camera breaks, what if the photographers car doesn’t start, what if the company goes bankrupt before the big day, what if it rains... There is an endless list of what ifs....
We have been doing this for a long time and we have reassurances for all of the questions and we always run through these what ifs when we meet to discuss what we can offer.