The Urban Bridesmaid

The lovely Louisa, the Urban Bridesmaid gives us an insight into choosing the right Photographer for you to shoot your most memorable moments. 

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After the excitement of getting engaged, the wedding planning begins!

Londonwedding photographer, Louisa Coulthurst from Urban Bridesmaid Photography gives future brides and grooms some tips for choosing a photographer.

There is so much choice!

How do you go about choosing a photographer when a cursory glance over the internet, wedding magazines and blogs throws up so much choice?

Do you like their photographs?

First things, first! Although this sounds so simple, do you like their work? After all you will be looking at it for the rest of your life! Do you like bright colours or are you looking for a vintage look? Do you love black and white? Shortlist 3-4 photographers’ work that you really like, and arrange to meet them and their work in person.

Formal versus Documentary Photographic Coverage

Do you want to capture your guests formally or do you hate posing and don’t want to stop for one minute? If the former, a more traditional wedding photographer would be right up your street, where everything is posed or set up. If the latter, you are looking for a more photojournalist type documentary photographer who will observe and capture the day as it unfolds and stay in the background. Most brides and grooms fall in somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum. Like the brides/grooms that choose urban Bridesmaid Photography for their wedding photography for their big day, they are after wedding photographs that capture bride, groom and guests looking natural and at ease, but they do sometimes opt for a short formal family session after the wedding ceremony to capture the more traditional formal shots.

How much time should be allowed for formal photos?

Formal wedding photographs do not have to take hours – every guests’ nightmare! Formal shots can be taken in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the wedding party and the number of family and friends the bride and groom wish to include. If you don’t want formal shots at all, then don’t have them! It is your wedding after all! But do let your guests know in advance that this is your plan, so they can get straight to the reception and not hang round after the wedding ceremony.

Don’t forget bride and groom alone shots!

When time is squeezed, this is what often gets cut in the rush to the reception! Allow some time alone to capture some stunning, intimate and fun wedding portraits of just the two of you! You will be glad you did!

How long should I have a wedding photographer for?

A thing to note that the less time the photographer is at your wedding, the more likely that things will have to be set up as they will not be happening until after the photographer leaves – mock cutting of the cake for example. If you want documentary photographic coverage of your day, the photographer will need to be in situ for the whole day to capture the whole story. Some brides and grooms choose to forgo getting the ready part of the day and have coverage start at the ceremony up to the point of when guests sit down for the wedding breakfast.

Ethical Business Practices

It goes without saying that a wedding photographer should be professional! When commissioning a wedding photographer, you should be issued with a contract that both parties sign which documents, payment schedules, what services will be supplied and the expected delivery schedule for your photographs and albums. All professional photographers will have a contingency plan for if it rains, they get sick and need a replacement, camera and hardware failure, and insurance etc.


The best advice concerning price, is to hire the best wedding photographer you can for your budget. Don’t be swayed by a photographer who offers more stuff (CD slideshows, albums etc) if their work is not up to scratch. You can always purchase albums etc afterwards, but you can’t improve on poor quality photos after the fact. The price a wedding photographer charges is based on their operating costs (advertising, insurance, equipment, tax etc) and the limited amount of weddings they can take a year (20-30). The average cost for aLondonwedding photographer is £1,300-2,000 for a full day’s coverage and a CD option. Album options are around £2,500.

To find out more about how to choose a wedding photographer, contact Louisa on:

E: | W: | B: T: 07956 531 508

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One Response to “The Urban Bridesmaid”
  1. Great blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

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