Everyone thinks working in the wedding industry would make finding suppliers easier, but in fact it makes it even harder.
I have the great pleasure of constantly meeting amazingly talented people - at wedding shows, shoots and events - but as a bride-to-be this is making my decisions that much harder.
Photographers are a perfect example. I've worked with many at Maids to Measure, shooting lookbook shoots and such and met an array of truly gifted wedding photographers at a variety of shows, including Brides The Show. I have loved all their work and have enjoyed browsing through their portfolios, but when it comes to booking my own photographer the matter seems very personal indeed.
To make it even harder, so many photographers get booked up (very) far in advance, so I shouldn't leave it any later really...
I know little about photography, but I know what I like and don't like, so I thought starting with that would be best. I want natural images; none of those set-up family shots, unless any family members strongly object. I'd rather we had soft pictures capturing spontaneously special moments rather than anything being orchestrated or forced. I also want some images of all the small details we're planning which might otherwise be lost or forgotten.
A personal connection is key. I thought of the photographers I've worked with in the past and who I've felt most comfortable with. The final list: three different photographers - each with different styles, but all equally brilliant.
Lucy Davenport's editorial style is very natural and relaxed. She was a way of focusing on the uninterrupted moments in an effortless way that is soft and luminous and full of natural light. I love the idea of having moments captured on film, too.
Claire Graham is a fine art photographer, capturing light, atmosphere and texture. I love the way she creates a story and her unobtrusive approach. She has a knack for capturing all the pretty details in the loveliest of ways, too. (She recently did a studio shoot for us which featured on the American bridal blog Style Me Pretty, pictured here.)
Last but not least, Anneli Marinovich, whom puts everyone at ease and is great at giving direction. Her fun, bright and fresh style is really captivating and authentic.
Deciding between the three is going to be near imposible. Would it ridiculous to have all three?!
I'm still at a loss with videographers, but that is next on my list!