Being a professional wedding photographer is one of the most rewarding jobs, but it's also very important to get it right. There are no second chances or second takes during a wedding service and they are photos you'll want to keep for the rest of your life. As a result you need to find a professional wedding photographer you can trust and be comfortable with. I operate multiple identical cameras, with a selection of interchangeable lenses, so should something happen to one of my cameras or lenses on the day, it won't effect your day or the photos you'll receive.
I'm an experienced wedding photographer and have been to numerous venues in Basingstoke and the surrounding area, including trips as far as Cornwall in the past. As a local wedding photographer it's unlikely you'll be taking me somewhere I've not been before, but in the unlikely event you do book somewhere new, I always visits in advance of the wedding to speak to the venue coordinators, take test shots and work out the best places to take the photos, this is completely free to you and is just my way of improving my own work and ensuring you get absolutely the best work I can do.
I often get asked why I don't have a full wedding service price list on my site, but this is because as with all my work, I prefer to tailor a package to exactly what you want. This could be just photographing the service and maybe a group photo, but all the way up to being there for your entire day from bride preparation to first dance. I also have some superb photography friends I work with regularly, so I can also arrange a second photographer for those that want even more from their day.
Please remember though, photographers are artists and we all have our own styles and possibly even different techniques, so my main piece of advice is to look through my galleries and arrange to meet me to see printed work. This is where you'll get the best idea of what your photos might look like.
My standard wedding package for Basingstoke and the surrounding area costs £950, for which you get:
You can add the following extras to my standard wedding package:
If you have already booked a photographer for your big day you can still add the following services on their own:
Lastly if my standard package isn't what you want and you would like a free personalised no obligation quote, please get in touch. All of my contact details are at the bottom of every page, or you can use the form on the contact page.
* Legal copyright for all photography remains with the person that takes the photographs, which in this case would be Bradbury Photography
** Terms and conditions apply, please contact me for more details
Meet various photographers and check both them and their work out. This is the most important thing. Make sure you like their work / style, but also make sure you like them. The photographer will be around you very closely all day, so you need to be comfortable with them.
Determine what you want to remember from your day. Remember this is a one off occasion, you won't be able to go back later and take images you didn't ask for at the time.
Set a budget and get a written quote. Make sure you have a clear description of what is and isn't included. Sadly there are some people that hide things you expect to be free in their small print.
Ask if the photographer has more than one camera / lens. Ensure they have a back up plan against technical problems.
Make sure the photographer's equipment is up to the job. With digital cameras getting more and more accessible, there are people setting up with very cheap equipment, which is great if you're on a budget, but not if you want the best photos. I suggest a minimum of 35mm film or 35mm full frame digital.
Make sure the photographer you book is who you'll get on the day. Some bigger agencies take bookings and send whoever is available on the day, even sending student photographers. Again adding this to your written quote can help. Are they a local wedding photographer, do they have experience of the venue you are using.
Make a list of photos that you want. Got a long lost aunt visiting for the day from a country far and wide, make the most of it. A good photographer will be snapping around all day, but make sure you have a list of key photos that you want and check that your photographer is happy to fit them in on the day.
Ask your photographer how they structure their photos. There is a vast difference here, from informal shoot on the go styles to full on formal posed shots taking hours. Decide how much time you want to give from your day to taking formal photos and make sure your photographer can work to that.
Look for recommendations. The best sales person for any company is a satisfied customer. See if you can be put in touch with previous customers.
Lastly, consider the actual cost. There is a perception that wedding photography is expensive for a days work, but consider the fact that the photographer will be turning up on the day with over £15k of equipment and then spending a further week or more in a studio editing your photos and you can see where the money is going.
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