Advice from the BIPP
There are so many photographers around, even talented friends and family, you’d think finding your wedding photographer would be easy. With a few simple ground rules, you’ll find that narrowing down that list gets a lot easier.
The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) is the leading qualifying and governing photographic
body in the UK. We’re a not-for-profit organisation that believes education, qualifications and professional
development lead to professional photographers. BIPP qualifications are recognised across the world as a
benchmark of excellence and members of BIPP are bound by a strict code of conduct. We have a network of over 3,500 photographers around the world and we know what makes a good photographer
- Think carefully before entrusting your photos to a friend or family member. What happens if something goes wrong – will it destroy the friendship, or would you be able to forgive them?
- Recommendations are the best starting point. Can any friends or family recommend their photographer?
- Is the photographer professionally qualified? Look for the letters LBIPP, ABIPP or FBIPP after the photographer’s name. Each level reflects an increasing level of experience, skill and achievement.
- What style of photographs are you looking for? For example, would you prefer a more relaxed reportage style or a more formal approach or a mixture?
- Meet two or three photographers and make no decisions at the meetings. Hard sell tactics should not work!
- Do you like the photographer’s work?
- Do you like the photographer? They will be sharing one of the most important days of your life and you’ll naturally respond better to someone you like.
- Does the photographer have Professional Indemnity insurance cover?
- Take time to discuss your requirements. Ensure you receive written terms and conditions of business before parting with any money. Ask the photographer if any cancellation charges apply.
- Consider having a pre-wedding photo shoot. This gives you and your photographer a chance to get to know each other a bit better and you will feel more prepared for the big day!
- Check that the photographer you meet will be the same one who does the work on the day.
- Discuss what happens after your wedding. Timescales, presentations etc.
Remember – the key to great photos is great communication with your photographer before the wedding.