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Your wedding album will be the most lasting reminder of your big day.

I know family and friends will be taking plenty of photos, but it's wise to book a professional photographer, as we are talking about the biggest day of your life!

The first thing to consider is what style of photography appeals to you. Do you want very formal, traditional photos with lots of group photos, or would you prefer natural, un-posed images, capturing the day's events as they unfold? “Reportage” is a term commonly used to describe this style of photography. You must also decide if you want all your photos to be colour, or a combination of colour and black and white?

Many photographers now use digital cameras; so all photographs can be produced in colour, black and white, or toned in various shades, such as sepia. Another decision you must make is where and when you want your photos taken. Do you want photos taken in your home, as you are getting ready? Do you want the speeches to be photographed, or maybe the first dance?

Once you've made these decisions, it's time to find a photographer!
A good way to find a photographer is through personal recommendation, ask friends what they thought of their wedding photographer. Alternatively, you can find your wedding photographer in the bridal press, wedding directories, local newspapers, Yellow Pages, and of course, on the Internet.

Almost all professional photographers have a web site, with a large gallery of photographs. This is an excellent way to study their work, style and creativity.

If you like what you see, make an appointment to meet up with the photographer.

You will be able to view sample albums, and discuss your individual requirements. It's important to view albums containing complete weddings, not just a few hand picked images.

Make sure the person you meet is the person who will be taking your photographs, and be sure this person created the albums you view. You must feel relaxed and comfortable with your photographer, and be able to trust them to work well with you on the day. Don't be shy to tell him or her exactly what you want, what style of photos work for you, and who are the important people on the day! Point out photos you particularly like in their portfolio; this will help your photographer to understand what you are after.

Everyone has a budget, but you get what you pay for ! The cost of the photography usually includes: preparation for the day, visiting the venue, reception and any other locations, prior to the wedding; production of the proofs, production of the final prints, and mounting these prints into your chosen album. All this takes considerable time, and must be charged for. If a photographer is cheap, you must ask yourself why? You don't want your photographer taking short cuts, and compromising the quality of your wedding photography!

You should, however, check for any hidden charges. Do prices include VAT, are the albums included in the price, etc. Some photographers may also charge for travel and accommodation.

OK, so you've found the perfect photographer… now book quickly!

The best photographers have bookings well in advance. You should book as soon as possible; and it's never too early to start looking.

So now it's your wedding day. Here are a few tips to have you looking fantastic in front of the camera.

Enjoy Yourself! You don't need to be a supermodel to look great in photos. If you are having a good time, relaxed and enjoying yourself, it will show in the pictures, you'll look happy and radiant.
Don't worry about the dress, don't worry about your hair, don't worry about anything .

Your wedding day passes so quickly, time travels super-fast, so soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the attention, and the smiles will come naturally! If you feel really nervous or self-conscious about photos, then choose a photographer who specialises in natural, un-posed shots, and most of the time you won't even realise you are having your photo taken!

Give yourself plenty of time. When you plan the day, always factor in enough time for delays, traffic queues or late arrivals. It's quite easy to get behind schedule, so make sure you have some spare time in your itinerary. There's nothing worse than rushing on your wedding day, and it won't be easy smiling for photos when you know the wedding breakfast is going cold!

It's Your Wedding Day… Not a Photo Shoot . If you find your jaw aching from smiling, or just need a break from the camera, then tell your photographer you need a rest for 5 minutes. Have a drink or a chat with friends, and continue with any photos you need later. This may be difficult to do if you have a tight schedule, or want loads of posed photos, so consider this when you're planning the day's events.

Natural Smiles. Your chosen photographer will know how to put you at ease; it's their job. The most important thing is to relax, pretend the camera is not there, and act naturally. I always find that a relaxed and happy atmosphere, and a glass or two of bucks fizz, put a smile on the face of even the most nervous bride and groom!

Have a wonderful wedding day!



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Explantation of Standard Acronyms for Wedding Photographers

In laymans terms the pecking order is:
Licentiate, then Associate with Fellowship at the top of the stack.


Explantation of Standard Acronyms for Wedding Photographers

LBIPP - Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography

ABIPP - Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography

FBIPP - Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography

MPA - Master Photographers Association

AMPA - Associate of the Master Photographers Associatio

LMPA - Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association

FMPA - Fellow of the Master Photographers Association

LRPS - Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Association

ARPS - Associate of the Royal Photographic Society

FRPS - Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society

SWPP - Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

LSWPP - Licentiate of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

ASWPP - Associate of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

FSWPP - Fellowship of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

BPPA - British Professional Photographers Association - Now incorporated within the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

LBPPA - Licentiate of the British Professional Photographers Associates

ABPPA - Associate of the British Professional Photographers Associates

FBPPA - Fellowship of the British Professional Photographers Associates

CrSWPP - Craftsman of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers

NUJ - National Union of Journalists



Useful Links: The Master Photographers Association - The Master Photographers Association is the United Kingdom's only organisation for full time fully qualified Professional Photographers within the photographic industry. British Institute of Professional Photography - Professional organisation, founded in 1901, representing over 4000 members who are mostly in the United Kingdom. The Association of Photographers - The AOP brings professional photographers together, protecting their rights and promoting photography. SWPP (Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers) A professional organisation established in 1988, now incorporates BPPA (British Professional Photographers Association). Dedicated to providing quality training and mentoring in Professional Photography without prejudice or discrimination. The Royal Photographic Society The Royal Photographic Society, founded in 1853 ‘To promote the Art and Science of Photography.’

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