You have hundreds of wedding plans to make. Deciding who will bring your memories to life is one of the most important ones. When the flurry and excitement of your wedding is over, it’s beautifully captured images that help you revisit the romance, emotion and spirit of an important life event that passes so quickly. But how do you choose the wedding photographer that suits you?

practical tips on how to choose your wedding photographer | In photo: bride and groom holding hands in English garden. bride wearing a simple A-line 3D floral applique wedding dress by Kate Fearnley and groom wearing a grey plain suit ensemble by Baker's Tailors. Captured by fine art destination wedding photographer Cristina Ilao

Choose a professional

There are lots of good reasons why you shouldn’t let your artsy cousin Anna take your wedding photos. There’s also no excuse for hiring Uncle Bob who just got a new fancy camera!

As a professional wedding photographer, I’m experienced in dealing with many different lighting environments and situations. I will help you by capturing the important moments of your wedding day flawlessly.

Over the years I have worked under the tutelage of leaders in the photography industry who have helped me hone my skills and master my craft. I invest in an array of professional grade photography equipment that enables me to tackle all possible wedding scenarios that could arise during the day. I’m committed to giving a professional and timely response to your questions or concerns about each stage of your wedding day. You will be able to rely on someone who knows exactly what she is doing every step of the way.

Practical tips on how to choose your wedding photographer. In Photo: bride and groom dancing under a gazebo at Thicket Priory Yorkshire. bride wearing an Ellis mermaid style wedding dress from Christian Alexander bridal boutique and grom wearing a dark blue suit ensemble from Baker's Tailoring. Shot at Thicket Priory by fine art destination wedding photographer Cristina Ilao | www.cristinailao.com

Invest in the experience, not just the photos

I will spend time getting to know you.  Let’s get together – on the phone, at your favourite café (mine’s Peggy Porschen!), even Skype or Facetime. We’ll discuss your wedding day plans and all the fun details from the moment you choose me.

Your wedding is a unique reflection of you. Understanding your vision enables me to create authentic fine art images that reflect the real you and show your story beautifully. Your wedding photographer is the person you’ll spend the most time with on your wedding day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who feels like a good friend and knows you rather than a stranger who’s just there to take your photographs?

Practical tips on how to choose your wedding photographer. In Photo: bride and groom facing each other in Yorkshire countryside. bride wearing a Cherry Williams off-shoulder mermaid style wedding dress  and groom wearing a black tuxedo. Shot at Holme flower farm by fine art destination wedding photographer Cristina Ilao | www.cristinailao.com

Choose a style that suits you

Light and airy? Dark and moody? Natural or dramatic? There are so many styles to choose from and it’s very important to find one that ticks all the boxes. My promise is to capture consistent, quality images throughout your wedding day in my signature light and airy style. Beautiful weddings don’t just happen. They take a lot of organisation to ensure a smooth flow of beautifully captured memories. I will help you in crafting a plan to ensure that you can get the most of your wedding photography.  You can assure yourself that the quality you expect consistently shines through in every photograph I deliver.

Practical tips on how to choose your wedding photographer. In Photo: bride and groom walking away and looking back. Bride wearing an Randy Fenoli princess style ball gown tulle wedding dress and groom wearing a Malta full military outfit. Shot at Search Results Web results Ir-Razzett L-Abjad in Malta by fine art destination wedding photographer Cristina Ilao | www.cristinailao.com

Now that wasn’t so difficult, was it?

Now that you know how to choose your wedding photographer, remember that wedding photography is not just an investment in your photos. It’s an investment in the whole experience. This means that finding the right wedding photographer to document your day is very important. After the celebration is over, your photographs will be your way of looking back and reliving the wonderful moments from your special day.

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If you think we’re a great match, why don’t you get in touch and we can start talking about how I can capture your dream wedding. I’d love to hear from you!

Much love,
Cristina x

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