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How Far In Advance Should You Book Your Wedding Photographer?

Updated: 3 days ago

Your wedding day is one of the most important events of your life, and choosing the right photographer to capture those precious moments is crucial. You spend months, if not years planning your wedding, so making sure everything is perfect is super important. However, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of wedding planning and forget to book your photographer in advance.

So, the question is, how far in advance should you book your wedding photographer? The answer is more simple than you think. As soon as possible!

After doing weddings for over 7 years, it still surprises me how many couples leave booking a wedding photographer only a few months away from their wedding. I would say, that once you have your weding date, and venue secured you really should be looking at a wedding photographer next.

Popular wedding photographers are often booked up months or even years in advance. As soon as you have your wedding date and venue confirmed, start researching and reaching out to photographers to secure your preferred date. This will give you the best chance of finding a photographer that fits within your budget, style, and availability. It's also super important that you jump on at least one zoom call with your photographer. You must make sure that you feel comfortable around your photographer, your going to be spending all day with them.

If you're planning a wedding during peak season (typically May through October), it's even more important to book your photographer early. Many photographers will be booked solid during these months, so it's important to act quickly. Jordan's photography is booked up 2 years in advance with amazing couples who want to work with me.

On the other hand, if you're planning a wedding during the off-season (November through April), you may have more flexibility with your booking timeline. However, it's still a good idea to book your photographer as soon as possible to ensure you get the best possible photographer for your special day. What ever the outcome, make sure you do your research when looking for your photographer. Check for reviews as these are normaly a good indecator to if your getting someone thats genuin and passionate about weddings.

In addition to booking early, it's also important to communicate clearly with your photographer about your expectations for the day. Discuss your timeline, preferred style of photography, and any special requests well in advance to ensure your photographer is on the same page. A little tip that i will share with you all is make a time table for your photographer of the shots that you would really like. Most photographers will do their best to make sure that these are captured, but just remember that even with a list of shots weddings are unpredictable and special moments happen through the whole day.

I'm also a big believe on pay cheap, pay twice. This is something that you could maybe live with, with every day living but do you really want this for your wedding? Just because a wedding photographer is cheap, does not mean you are getting a great deal. This day is one of the biggest days of your lives, so you need to have someone that knows what they are doing. Now while i believe that everyone has to start somewhere ( and I've been there myself ) make sure you keep your eyes open for red flags.

Some things to look out for are the following.

Is your photographer active across social platforms?

Do they have an up to date website?

Are they willing to jump on a zoom call with you?

Do they have reviews?

These are just a few things to look out for when looking for your wedding photographer.

So, if your still looking for your wedding photographer and you have a wedding around Nottingham, Chesterfield or anywhere around the UK, please feel free to get in touch and lets see if we would be a good fit for each other.

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