Top Tips on Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer

Caroline Langham


How to Choose a great wedding photographer…

Our No.1 question, without a doubt, is always “Can you recommend a photographer?”

My Top Tips on How to Choose a Photographer

Choosing the best wedding photographer for you is a huge and important part of your wedding planning, and is often the next thing that couples turn their attention to after booking their wedding venue.
Where do you start?
Here are our THREE key steps to choosing a photographer….

Elope to the Lake District
Just Married... in private


Research their style of work; Traditional, formal, posed, documentary, reportage or stylised.
Check out their website, social media and ask your venue for samples of their work; albums or links to weddings shot there.

There are a variety of photographers on our website – Click here to check out a selection of real weddings here at Cote How.

Wedding Couple kissing in front of Cote How
Cheeky kiss outside Cote How


It is imperative that you like them! You need to feel confident that you will get on with them and feel you can trust them to get the job done too. Check their reviews and in addition to looking at their star ratings look for more personality driven keywords, friendly, relaxed, quick, flexible.

Just Married - Mature Bride and Groom at the Lake Edge of Rydal Water
Photo by Simon Hughes


There is a vast array of packages & pricing out there, so research a few to get a feel for what to expect. If you are worried about budget, then rather than choosing a cheaper photographer, ask whether your preferred photographer could cut the coverage by maybe offering a half day rather than a full one. Fewer greater shots would be more desirable than thousands of poorer ones!



Of course once you have decided on your preferred photographer you may now need to:

Check your date is available. Unlike other wedding suppliers, such as florists, cake makers and stationers, your wedding photographer can only be in one place at any one time. So make sure that your chosen wedding date is one that your best wedding photographer can attend too.
This may mean trying to juggle a few agreed dates with your venue in order to find the perfect wedidng date, when all of your favourite edding supliers can confirm.


Personality is so important, so sometimes a phone call or skype call ahead of booking is wise.
Once booked trying to meet up is always a good idea. This is not always easy, especially if not local, but can sometimes be arranged as a pre-wedding shoot or an engagement shoot. This allows time to get to know each other and helps put you at ease behind the camera. A successful pre-shoot will also allay those nerves and build trust that your photographer knows exactly what you are looking for and how best to work with you on the day.

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding - Tom McNally
Bride arriving to Cote How by Beyond Imagination
Two brides relaxing in the gardens at Cote How by Rachel Joyce
Time out by Jo Bradbury

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