So I caught up with Emma again to ask her some questions that you should ask when choosing your wedding photographer
What is your photography style?
My style combines a lifestyle and documentary approach. I like to capture the more natural and candid aspects of the day and guests, but at the same time I do like to give some direction to ensure the best moments are documented. My main concern is the whole experience is relaxed and as natural as possible.
Can potential clients view your portfolio?
Yes! I look forward to meeting all potential clients for an informal meet and greet - usually in a coffee shop - to go through a whole wedding album. This gives you an opportunity to see how I capture the day and overall style. This is so important with any aspect of your wedding, to meet any of the potential suppliers/services you'll be using in the day, you want to get to know them beforehand.
How far in advance should I book my photographer?
This totally depends on how chilled out you are as a couple. Some contact me a year in advance, others a few months, it all depends on what your budget is being used for in the planning and build up to the big day. Of course the sooner the better, as photographers will get booked up in the more popular summer months!
When do you expect to be paid for your services?
I always require a 20 percent deposit of the total price when a client books me which is non-refundable. The rest of the sum can be paid when you like but it must be paid in full two days before the wedding date.
Do I need to sign a contract with my photographer?
Professional photographers should always provide confirmation in writing of what you have agreed to be provided on the day e.g. total price, coverage, times etc.
Do photographers expect to eat at with the wedding guests?
We certainly don't expect to be provided a meal or food (we generally carry snacks we can quickly gobble on the go) but when provided or offered it means a lot and is gratefully accepted. Also, most venues do a reduced rate meal for those woking on the wedding so always check with them to save yourself some pennies.
A big thank you to Emma for taking the time to answer these questions, and hopefully they help you in making your decision about your wedding photographer. If you have more questions that you'd like to put to Emma, or want to choose her as your very own photographer, please click here.