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Top Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

by | Photography Wisdom, Wisdom


Kit of Kit Haselden Photography
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What’s the first thing you do when you start looking for a wedding photographer? Think about who you know right! You ask around friends and family and see who knows who. Or you might have seen a photographer from a wedding you recently attended.

Wedding photography is an extremely personal service. You are going to sharing one of the biggest days of your life with this person. You want to feel confident this person has what it takes to capture the moments and memories that will last a lifetime. A good photographer can help your day flow smoothly, can create a fun celebratory atmosphere, as well as facilitate the more intimate moments.

So here are some of my suggestions for things to consider when choosing your wedding photographer.

Do they have a portfolio that makes you go wow?

Does their style of photos match your tastes? Can you see yourself in their images?

Are they flexible? Will they work around your wishes and vision for your day or are they trying to get you to fit into their packages?

Can they capture a large variety of images? Ask to see a full wedding shoot.

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Are they experienced?

With an experienced photographer, capturing the moments that melt your heart and take your breath away comes naturally. They have developed a 6th sense for where they need to be and when in order to get that shot! So I think it’s important to ask how long they have been a wedding photographer, and how many weddings they have shot in that time. Below are some rough guidelines you might find useful in gauging answers to this question.

  • 0-2 years – beginner
  • 2-5 years – medium
  • 5+ years – professional

But as I said this depends how many weddings have they shoot each year. A good average is 3+ years with 40+ weddings shot.

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Are they presentable and professional?

Your photographer needs to look the part! They need to blend in with your guests, and not be the focus of too much attention. Thus enabling them to get those more relaxed, candid shots that you don’t notice were taken.

Are they polite and curious yet assertive and proactive to stay on schedule?

When you met with them did they arrive on time? Were they confident, professional and personable in your interactions? Were they easily able to answer all your queries and concerns. Perhaps most importantly did they put you at ease during your meeting and did you leave feeling excited or stressed.





Are they good with people?

Do they have the social skills to get the best out of everyone on the day? Taking great images of people is not just about being able to take a good photo. It’s also about being able to build rapport quickly with your subject, and having the emotional intelligence and social skills that can get a laugh and a giggle out of even the most stressed out bride or anxious groom. These skills are also fundamental in getting the best out of all the various groups of people at your wedding. Having a photographer who can engage with the kids, grandparents and teenagers alike is a real asset to being able to get the best shots on the day.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Wonderful advice – for those beautiful images and a lifetime of memories, it’s so important to find a photographer that fits with your style.

About Kit Haselden: Hi there! I’m known for my creative, natural and engaging style of wedding photography. I get the best out of my brides and grooms by quickly making them feel relaxed and the last 10 years as a professional photographer has given me the skills and experience to never miss the important shots.

Vendor’s Favourites – Cakes2Kreate

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


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1. Props. I love the use of props with wedding cakes whether they be furniture, flowers or accessories. They create the main feature and centrepiece at the reception and draw the eye straight to the cake when you walk in. Image by Cakes2Kreate

2. Wedding stylists. Lily Infusion Weddings & Events are a wonderful bunch of individuals who make all your wedding dreams a reality! Lily’s vision, passion and attention to detail in every wedding that we have worked on together on has been amazing! Image by On Three Photography

3. Perfume. Vera Wang’s “Princess” is my favourite scent at the moment and perfect for making any bride feel like a Princess on her big day! Image via Vera Wang

4. Wedding Favours. I love macarons and Colette’s are definitely one of the best I have ever tasted! Perfect as delicious wedding favours for your guests. Image by Chocolette Patisserie

5. Illuminated letters. I adore those big words and letters you see at many weddings these days. They create a real statement and bring a fun element to the photos. Image by Ferndara Creative


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a pretty list of favourites – macarons are one of my sweet treats too!

About Cakes2Kreate: Beautiful, elegant, divine and delicious……are just a few words to sum up what our cakes and cookies are all about! Our dedication is to making every cake and cookie look like a work of art and using premium ingredients means they will taste as amazing as they look.

Emma and Cam’s Captured Memories – Nathan Kaso Weddings

by | Cinematography Wisdom, Wisdom


Nathan Kaso Weddings
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Super lovely couple, Abbotsford Convent, French Bulldog. What else could you need?

At Nathan Kaso Weddings, we thought these guys were the epitome of relaxed; getting ready together at a chic Melbourne CBD apartment before Ubering down to the Abbotsford Convent for a late afternoon portrait session with Gustave the French Bulldog and then tying the knot at dusk under the festoons in the Rosina Courtyard.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a gorgeous wedding film; Gustave nearly stole the show!

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About Nathan Kaso Weddings: Hi, I’m Nathan. I like going to weddings, and I like making videos. So now I do both! I believe wedding films should be fun, energetic, and reflect the couple’s personality and the mood of the day. Most importantly they should be real, not epic features that look like a Hollywood drama with a cheesy soundtrack to boot.

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