I deem it so important to book your wedding photographer early that I’ve actually decided to write an article on it. This year alone I have already turned away in excess of 30 couples simply because they left booking too late. Some were fine with it, others were devastated to put it mildly.
The fact of the matter is simply this: once you’ve done your homework and identified the photographer you like (and the chances are you’ll fall head over heels in love with his or her work), make the booking. Immediately. Don’t delay. Why? Because there are other couples who have also looked at your potential photographer’s work and who also want to book him or her. If they get in first, they win, you lose, simple as that. As a wedding photographer your first allegiance is to the couple who have booked and paid their deposit. You then stand by them no matter who approaches you, or how much money they want to throw at you to buy their way in.
How far do you need to book in advance? You’re probably safe if you book very slim chance, but it’s worth a shot, together with a little prayer. 4 months or less and you’re probably blown- although even the heaviest booked photographers do have a date open here and there. But trust me, it’s not worth taking the chance. In the past week alone I’ve had to turn down 7 weddings which are all planned 4, 5 and 6 months away. It’s that scary.
You may not realise it now, but your wedding photographer will walk a very long road with you. Eventually you’ll fall pregnant and perhaps want a pregnancy shoot – guess who you’ll call? Ditto for an infant shoot when your baby arrives. The same for that 1st birthday party, toddler shoot, and then once the kids are up and galloping around with boundless energy you’ll want a family shoot. Book your photographer now and you’ve started making history without actually realising it.
No need for me to ramble on, I think I’ve made the point. Now pick up the phone. And hurry…