Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

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Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

One of the questions I hear most frequently is, How do I choose a wedding photographer?

 

We all know there is a lot of choice out there when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer so I put together the following blog to help you find your way.

 

 

 

Tips

If you’ve not got time to watch our video, these are our 5 top tips. Click on each one for more advice.

1. Set your budget

As you start looking for your wedding photographer you’ll notice that price can vary considerably from £200 to £2000 for a full-day wedding.  As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. So, the question you need to ask yourself is “How important is having photos of my wedding to me?” 

If the answer is “not very” feel free to make your decision based on price alone. However, if photography is important to you, look for photographers who offer payment plans.  If you’ve fallen in love with a particular photographer’s work see if you can book them for a shorter period of time if their full-day price is too high.  Another option is to add the beautiful folio box or album you want to your gift list so that your guests can help you. 

Finally, photographers who are establishing themselves, such as myself, can be budget friendly and provide great quality images with a high level of service.  The key thing here is to do your research.

2. Decide on the photography products you want

You have a wide range of options available to you including digital images, digital images and prints, large wall art, albums and folio boxes to name a few.  It’s a good idea to let your photographer know what you would like before your wedding as this can impact on the images taken.  If you’d like large wall image it may also be a good idea to look for someone who has experience in preparing images for this kind of artwork.

3. Choose the style you love

Now, style is a big topic, one which I could dedicate a whole video to, so I’m just going to give a quick overview.  To me, a photographer’s style is what you see in the final image.  This is made up of several artistic choices like lighting, posing (if any), composition and the final edit.  The combination of how each of these things are done is unique to each individual photographer like a fingerprint is unique to you.  By composition I mean where the happy couple are placed within in the image and whether the image is tight to the couple or shows the action within the whole room.  The final edit is based on colour and tones, some photographers don’t like green so they choose to tone it down, others like their image to be dark, and moody with muted colours, others love light, airy, pastel shades.

 

My advice is to look though lots of wedding images, create a pinterest board of your favourites.  What are your preferences?  Dark, light or natural colours?  Close up or whole room included in the image?  These are your preferences, there is no right or wrong, and they should form the basis of your search for your photographer.

 

Please do not ask a photographer to change their editing style.  That’s like asking Picasso to paint with acrylics.  Find a photographer who’s style you love.

4. Look at real wedding examples

Once you’ve narrowed your photographers down it’s time to talk about their portfolio or body of work.

Ask to see at least three weddings.  You need to look for consistency in their images and if the couples look relaxed and comfortable.  Ask to see any weddings they have shot at your venue and any taken around the same time of year as your wedding.  Most importantly, do you still love their style of photography?

5. Meet your potential photographer

So, you’ve narrowed down your choices, confirmed they are available on for your date.  The next step is to meet them.  This is very important.  You want beautiful images, however if your photographer doesn’t make you feel comfortable this will show through in your pictures.  It’s worth noting that your photographer may also see you partially dressed during your preparations.  Make sure you are ok with this as you don’t want to miss out on the photo’s of all the fun and emotions you’re having getting ready.

 

My recommendation is to always meet your photographer in person where possible.  If the distance is too far Skype is a good alternative.  I’d also recommend having an engagement shoot so you can get to know how your photographer works and begin to feel more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.

Need more advice?

For real weddings, inspiration and tips check out our blog.

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5 Reasons to choose a premium folio box?

5 Reasons to choose a premium folio box?

 

Our premium folio box is just stunning.  Don’t believe us?  Read on to find out why we think they are so special.

Now, we know, it’s a tough decision when you’re choosing your photographer to determine whether you would like just digital images, a wedding or family album produced or if you would prefer to go for an alternative album product that is a little different but equally beautiful.

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Less waiting time

Here at Radiance Photography we passionately believe in providing you with a product you will use.  Around the UK thousands of wedding albums are purchased each year.  Many albums are received long after your wedding excitement has died down.  An album can take as long as six weeks to arrive from the printer after it has been designed and approved.  So that’s up to 8 weeks for your photos to be delivered in peak wedding season and then up to a further 6 weeks for your album after you have approved it.  Folio boxes are available for you to collect on the day of your image viewing.

You choose how to display your images

When you finally receive your album you look through it, possibly take it to your grans, then put it on a book shelf or somewhere safe and only occasionally look at it again.  With a folio box, your images are individually mounted so all you need to do is choose how to display them.  Would you love a picture shelf where you can take several images from your box and display them?  Or, would you frame your images and hang them in a prominent place which will make you smile on a daily basis?  Don’t forget, you can change the images you’ve chosen to display as often as you like to suit your mood or décor.  You could also choose to keep them safely stashed away in their luxury box.

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Image selection is your choice

Often in album design your photographer will choose for you, giving little choice in which images you’d like to include.  With a folio box the choice of images is yours.  We will guide you by choosing and printing a selection of the very best images from the day for you.  Don’t worry if your favourite image has not been selected.  This is easily resolved within a few days and you can still take the rest of your images home.

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Personalise additional boxes with different images

When you purchase additional albums for parents they tend to be exact replicas of your own album, albeit smaller.  Ordering additional folio boxes with us allows you to select the images you want to include.  This means you can personalise each box with specific family members in mind.  The ultimate win when it comes to keeping your family happy.

Save room for next time

You do not need to fill you folio box initially.  Instead you could choose to include images from your engagement shoot to fill your box.  Alternatively, you could leave space for future images.  This might be particularly good if you’re planning a christening or other family event. We’re happy to assist you with this, just book and pay for your next shoot and then select the images you’d like.

Add your premium folio box to you Gift List

Would you love a premium folio box but just can’t afford it?  How about adding your box to your wedding gift list?  You choose between adding it as a single item or breaking it down into smaller amounts.  All you would need to do would be to pay the balance if the full cost of your box wasn’t covered.

The best way to help you decide if a premium folio box is for you is to ask to see one at your consultation.  Too feel the weight and solid build of your luxury folio box.  For information on how your box can be customised to your requirements see our post; Introducing our Luxury Folio Box

 

Introducing our Luxury Folio Box

Introducing our Luxury Folio Box

We’re so excited to introduce you to our beautiful, luxury folio box.

So, what’s a luxury folio box?

I hear you ask.  Well put simply it’s a box to keep all of your prints in but it’s not just any old box.  Our luxury folio boxes have been hand selected by us as the best available and will contain carefully selected images you will treasure for years to come.  The premium metallic pewter faux leather of your soft touch luxury folio box comes complete with silver foiled branding and is simply stunning.

Family Heirloom

Designed as a family heirloom you can treasure forever, each box comes complete with up to twenty or thirty images which are  mounted individually.  Each mount is a 14 x 11 inch heavyweight, bevel cut mat which is made from professional archival board.  This conforms to the Fine Art Trade Guild requirements for Conservation (level 2).  Each board is specially prepared to have the right chemical balance to ensure that your prints last a lifetime.

Online Gallery

We know digital images are important to you so each of our premium folio boxes also comes complete with your individually hand-processed, high resolution digital files in an online gallery where you can like, comment and share the images to your hearts content.

Pre-Order

When you pre-order a folio box as part of your booking you will get the opportunity to customise it.  For an additional fee, you can choose a black, soft grey, metallic champagne or even a wooden box.  You can choose to personalise the front of your box with your name and date of your wedding.   Inside, the colour of the mounts can be customised with black, white or cream mounts or a mixture.

Click here to find out why we believe a premium folio box is better than an album.

Autumn Wedding Inspiration Details

Autumn Wedding Inspiration Details

The final part of our three part Autumn Inspiration series looks at details you could use to complete either our 1920’s or country bohemian looks.

Beautiful details

From stunning candlesticks in shades of bronze to the warm glow of candle light. These colours are the epitome of Autumn and signify the changing of the season. Decanters and cut glass add elegance along with the beautiful calligraphy done by hand. Burgandy hand made papers give a rustic homemade feel whilst continuing with the autumnal colour scheme and everything is tied together beautifully with the orange pop of colour in the grooms button hole and in the bridal bouquet with wheat and sprays of yellow combined with oranges and reds.

Love what you’ve read here. Why not check out the 1920’s styling of our first look in Part 1 or get some bohemian inspiration from our second look in Part 2 to match the beautiful details shown here.

5 Engagement Photo Shoot Tips

5 Engagement Photo Shoot Tips

Hello, my lovely ladies, here are my top 5 engagement photo shoot tips.  I’m sure you are all aware that many photographers offer you an engagement photo shoot prior to your big day and of course it is up to you whether you choose to have one.  Now, depending on how far away your wedding is, this is a great time to get dressed up, have some fun together and reconnect with a little time for yourselves away from the wedmin. 

Its always wise to consider how you would like your portfolio of images to look so I thought I’d share just a few hints and tips to help you prepare for your photographs.

Make-up

Obviously, we all want to look our best and so a little make up can go a long way.  From my own wedding, I can tell you that make-up for camera is heavier than your normal everyday look.  This may give you a good opportunity to use your chosen make-up artist before your big day (a trial run, if you will, without giving the game away to your spouse to be).  Knowing you look good helps you to feel more confident in front of the camera.

Hair

Alongside make-up, your hair can make a big difference to how you feel.  It makes sense to schedule an appointment a week before your photoshoot to make sure your roots are retouched and locks are trimmed and styled to perfection.  Failing this, a good blow-dry on the morning of your shoot can make you feel a million dollars.  I know I definitely fall into this category!

Hands and Nails

Like it or not these will be the feature of a number of shots – it is your engagement session after all!  Moisturise your hands well in the weeks leading up to your shoot and, if you love manicures, grab yourself an appointment to get your nails done.  If you want your images to be timeless go easy on the colour and decoration and stick to beautiful nude and pink shades.  This will allow you to have outfit changes with no clashing!

Engagement Ring

Whether you have a brilliant cut diamond or a cushion cut gem, if you have been wearing (and loving) your engagement ring for a while, the week before your shoot may be a good time to have it professionally cleaned.  Once you get it back, don’t wear it, save it for the day of the shoot for maximum sparkle. This advice also applies to your wedding day!

Clothing

Here is the time to show your personality.  Make sure you are comfortable in the clothes you are wearing.  Don’t go out and buy the latest style only to feel uncomfortable during your shoot.  Your face will tell all.  Much better to wear a trusted, favourite dress (or whatever) that you know you look good in.  This will help you feel more relaxed and you will enjoy your experience much more.  You can, of course, co-ordinate your outfit with your other half for a more considered final look.

I hope you’ve found these hints and tips useful.  If you’d like to know more or would like to book your lifestyle engagement shoot hit the button below.

We’d love a lifestyle shoot

Winter Inspired Wedding Shoot at Askham Hall

Styled shoots are one of the best ways to gather inspiration for your wedding and what could be more beautiful than this winter inspired wedding shoot at Askham Hall, not far from Penrith in Cumbria.

Winter Inspired wedding Shoot

What is a styled shoot I hear you ask.  Well, Styled Shoots are where a group of suppliers get together to combine ideas and inspiration around a theme.  For example the theme of the Askham Hall shoot is winter.  This inspired the creators to think of muted wintery greens and pinks with pops of blue.  Everything links to conditions, flowers and fruit available and at their peak at this time of year.

 

I’m loving the subdued tones with the pop of blue running through this scheme together with vintage style dresses and country house elegance.  Scroll down for gorgeous images from the day and information on all the wonderful suppliers who contributed.

Are you inspired by the ideas you see here and would love to know more?
Is our date free?

Supplier Listing:

Venue: Askham Hall, Cumbria
Photography: Radiance Photography
Models: Leigh Ann Newburn & Simon Tebbey
Design & Styling: Tebbey and Co
Gowns: Jesus Peiro (worn by model) and Watters (hanging) both through Mia Bridal
Wool wrap: Oubas Knitwear
Hair & Make Up: Lucy Pearson
Shoes: Stylist’s own
Hair Accessories: Vintage
Table Stationery: Jill Liley
Rings: Arabelle Brusan
Florals: Made in Flowers
Grooms Suit: Vintage
Invitation Suite: Gee Brother Sprinters with calligraphy & custom monogram by Moon and Tide

Tablescape, Drinks Reception & Cake Station details:
Crockery, Cutlery & Glassware: Askham Hall
Champagne Coupes: Narrative Hire
Candlesticks & tealight holders: Narrative Hire & Askham Hall
Candles: Goods For Gatherings