Hi, I’m Jono, and I’m the creative visionary behind Jonathan David Photography. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Big Occasion Events at a number of events and have worked in the wedding industry photographing couples for over 10 years!

I’d like to think I’ve seen it all when it comes to weddings. I’ve photographed it everything, from surprise weddings, to beautiful destination weddings and everything else in between, so I’d like to think Charlotte asked me to write a blog for good reason!

As you will all well know through following Big Occasion Events, planning a wedding is a bit of a minefield, and in a world defined by social media, with so many options, its not always easy to make a choice on a photographer.

Theres so many things to consider when looking for a photographer, so I’ve written a list of my top 5 things to ask your photographer before booking!


1. “What’s your style?”


Every photographer has a unique style, whether it’s traditional, photojournalistic, or artistic. Understanding their approach will help you determine if it aligns with your vision for the day. Traditional photographers focus on posed shots, while photojournalistic photographers capture candid moments as they unfold. Some photographers blend various styles. Knowing what to expect will help you decide if their style complements your preferences.

In my opinion the more candid photographs are the most popular, and generally look most natural as your guests are concentrating on having a good time rather than posing for a photos. That being said, group shots are always popular with the older generation, so it’s certainly worth looking at photographers confident in those areas too.


2. “Can I See Your Portfolio?”


Reviewing a photographer’s portfolio is crucial to assess their skills and creativity. Look for consistency in the quality of their work, and pay attention to the moments they capture. Do their photos evoke emotions? Are they adept at handling different lighting conditions? Examining their portfolio will give you a glimpse into what they can deliver on your wedding day.

Always ask to see a photographers low light photography, as that can be a real indication of their skill level. If you’re getting married at a church for example, most vicars won’t allow flash, so you’ll be relying solely on the photographer to get creative with lighting to get the best results. If their low light work is grainy, and lacks depth, that’s usually a good indication that they might struggle catching those unmissable moments.


3. “Tell me more about you?”


For me, this a big one. Generally, you spend a good amount of time with your photographer throughout the duration of your big day, which is why I always try to focus on having a laugh with my couples. It’s a big nerve racking day, and the odd dad joke here and there can really break the tension. I’m yet to meet a couple who enjoy having their photo taken, and feeling at ease and comfortable on your wedding day can go a hell of a long way!

Get to know your photographer, and decide if they’re the kind of person you’re going to enjoy spending probably the biggest and most expensive day of your life with. Bonus points if they offer an engagement shoot too, as this can be the biggest indication of how interact with you on your wedding day.


4. “What’s included?”


As with anything in life, always read the small print. Theres always someone willing to do the job cheaper, and that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a good deal. Make sure you get a contract and discuss exactly what you’re getting as part of your booking. Lot’s of cheaper photographers bundle in charges for things like travel and release of images which can help top up their earnings and mean ultimately the deal you get isn’t quite so good as it first appears.

Good photographers are the ones that stand the test of time, however, if there is someone offering an amazing rate to build up their portfolio who has only worked in the industry a short period of time, book them alongside an experienced professional. They get a leg up in the industry, and you get more photos! Everyone’s a winner!


5. “What’s your backup plan?”


Sometimes we can’t help the unforeseen, a family emergency can crop up, or an illness can rear its ugly head the morning of a wedding. Sadly, it can’t always be helped, but a good photographer always has a back up plan should the unfortunate arise.

Personally, (touch wood) I’ve never missed a wedding, but should the unexpected happen, I have several trusted contacts who I can call upon should the worse come to the worse.

Booking the right wedding photographer is a crucial decision that requires careful consideration. By asking these five questions, you’ll gain valuable insight into their style, experience, and professionalism. Remember, your wedding photos will be cherished for years to come, so investing in a talented photographer is worth every penny. Take the time to find someone who not only captures beautiful images but also understands the significance of your special day.


If you’re still not sure, you’re always welcome to pop me a message, I’m always on hand to offer any advice when it comes to your wedding photography!

Jonathan David Photography

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