We are almost fully booked for 2011 and 2012 bookings are rolling in! Which is a great feeling for all involved at Celynnen Photography because we know and appreciate all the different things you have to take in consideration and how many pictures and albums you have probably had to look through before you make that final decision. Because after all, the relationship you have with your photographer is the most important of all your wedding suppliers! You are not only hiring a service provider, but, to an extent, you are “hiring a guest” who will be there at every moment of the day! So you need to make sure you feel comfortable with them as much as with their style of photography!
But here are a few tips we hope will help..
Qualified or Accredited Professional Photographers.
One way to choose a photographer is to look on the website of different governing bodies and photographer associations. There is of course the SWPP which we are members of and we are of course very proud to be members of the Digital Wedding Forum and Qualified members of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP). Though some rightly argue that there are a lot of great photographers which are not qualified or associated with any such body, one of the advantages of choosing a qualified photographer is the comfort in knowing that they have to adhere to a code of conduct, had to have their work assessed by a board of professional photographers and that some of these associations offer consumers a mediation service, in case you are not satisfied with the quality of the photography.
Photographers recommended by Venues
Another good way to find a wedding photographer is to ask your venue who they recommend as venues only recommend photographers which they have seen at work at their venue and know will provide you with a standard of service that they are comfortable with. We are grateful for being the official photographer for the Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa as well as being recommended by the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, Holt Lodge, Seiont Manor, Bron Eifion and have a privileged relationship with Portmeirion, just to name a few. Though again, even if a photographer has not worked at a venue before, don’t discard them just yet! Like every good professional photographer, Celynnen Photography will always make a pre-wedding visit to your venue which will ensure you have the best possible images of your very special day!
Word of Mouth and Testimonials
Did your friends get married recently or even in the last year or 2? Ask them who they hired and ask how they felt about the whole experience! Not only the images, but did they do a hard sell? Did they reply to queries in a timely fashion? Expect the same level of service from a professional photographer as from any other professional you would hire! If you are the first in your circle of friends to get married (congratulations!), looking at a testimonial page on the photographers website, such as this one, is always of great help and insight!
Talking about word of mouth recommendation I have a few for you myself! I’ve just come back from the Digital Wedding Forum’s convention in San Antonio in order to get some training from some of the world’s best wedding photographers and I’ve met a few very special people which I believe will give you the quality and service your big day deserves!
Celynnen Photography have started to make a name for themselves in Northern Ireland for wedding and portrait photography, but if you are getting married in Ireland, why not give my good friend Liam Kidney a call! His great personality, skill and dedication to his wedding clients have made him a favourite on the green isles!
We also have good friends on the other side of the pond! Hollie and Brian Hull from Hull Portraits are portrait and wedding photographers based in Mississippi! Their skill and friendliness will put you and your family at ease, making sure you get beautiful pictures you will treasure.
Finally, Los Angeles based Dina Douglass has developed a world-wide base of clients thanks to her skill and passion for her art and is a renowned Indian Wedding photography specialist .
Hope this helps and hope you have a wonderful wedding with images that surpass even your wildest expectations!