How to pick a wedding photographer

So you’ve picked a venue and found the dress – but what about a photographer to help you capture the perfect day? Tiffany Luk, Events Manager at Quintessentially Weddings, offers her insider tips to ensure your wedding is absolutely picture-perfect.

Trust your gut
Personally meeting with the photographer will give you a sense of whether you click with them. That’s crucial on your big day! The photographer’s artistic direction and attitude will affect how comfortable you are in front their lens and, ultimately, the outcome of the photos. So you’ve picked a venue and found the dress – but what about a photographer to help you capture the perfect day? Tiffany Luk, Events Manager at Quintessentially Weddings, offers her insider tips to ensure your wedding is absolutely picture-perfect.

Test drive
It’s a good idea to do a trial session to test your compatibility with the photographer. And for shy couples, this will give you a glimpse of how it feels to be photographed, so you don’t feel camera shy or uneasy on your wedding day.

Photo: Patrick Photography

Make a list
When you’ve found your dream photographer, create a list of people or moments you would like them to capture on your big day. Don’t forget to include cultural traditions, so that they know to snap these important memories.

photo: Amee Cheung

Private or public?
A lot of photographers tend to share photos onto social media platforms to build their portfolio. Make sure to communicate your preference, if you’d like your wedding photos kept private.

Photo: Patrick Photography

Social studies
On the other hand, some photographers charge copyrights fee if you share their pictures on social media, so be sure to ask what their policy is.

Photo: Patrick Photography

Cost it out

Often photographers will charge fees if touch-ups are required after the final product is delivered. Or, they’ll charge an overtime fee. Be sure to ask about potential extra fees that might not be included in the package.


photo: Amee Cheung

Let loose
Nothing speaks more than a candid photo with genuine smiles on the most important day of your life, Be sure to embrace the attention, and smile from the bottom of your heart.

Don’t hire a photographer without asking three important questions.

Ask for reference photos to ensure their photographic style is in line with your vision – be it reportage, illustrative, editorial, film, digital or dramatic.

Weddings call for unexpected requests and shuffled timelines, so how flexible is the photographer? Easygoing photographers who are willing to accommodate will help to ease any unnecessary stress on the day.

How comfortable will your guests feel? Aside from the two of you, the photographer will be capturing your guests, so think of them too. For instance, you might want to consider language barriers if you’re hosting a diverse group of people.

Quintessentially Recommends:

Amee Cheung
Taking a fine arts approach, Amee’s photographic style feels like a romantic film, featuring soft hues and neutral tones. ameecheungphotography.com.

Philip Tsang
Equipped with an impressive portfolio of high-profile weddings, Philip’s approachable and reassuring attitude will put you at ease. philipphoto.com.

Patrick Law
With an ability to capture the natural and candid moments, Patrick’s images reflect the unique personalities of every couple he works with. www.patrick-photography.com.

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