For any couple who are getting married, one of the most important parts of their wedding is to ensure it is documented in photographs for themselves and their families to treasure forever. However, choosing the right photographer can be daunting – especially as, unlike other aspects of arranging a wedding, the end result will not be seen until after the fact.

Here are some of my top tips to choosing the right Asian wedding photographer in 2020.

1) Settle on a style

The first thing any couple should decide is what style of photography you would prefer for your wedding. Whether it is traditional, photojournalistic (candid) or fine art (Creative portraiture) – there are many different styles of photography and it is important to find the one you love. Spend time looking over photographer’s websites and pour over their Instagram feeds to find out what styles they do and which ones you like. It may also be a good idea to create mood boards or use a site such as Pinterest to group together ideas until you find a style you like.

You can check out my portfolio here, or alternatively find me on Instagram with @satpalkainth.

2) Identify possible photographers

Once you have identified a style of photography that you like, the next step is to find a photographer that fits this style – of course you can search online for an Asian wedding photographer but also asking family and friends, checking social media and also asking for recommendations within the industry e.g. from your venue or caterers may help you to find a shortlist of potential photographers.

3) Meet your photographer and see if you “click”

Once you have a shortlist of photographers make sure you arrange a phone call or face to face meeting to get to know them. Be prepared to talk about where you are with your wedding plans and the style of photography that you are after e.g. will your wedding be taking place outside on a hopefully sunny day, or inside in a dark building?

It is also important for Asian weddings to identify a photographer who recognises and respects the various customs and traditions of each faith. I have photographed Hindu, Sikh and Muslim faith weddings throughout the UK, including Hindu Wedding Photography in Birmingham, Sikh Wedding Photography Birmingham and Indian Wedding Photography Birmingham.

You should meet the photographer so that you can see if your personalities click and that they share your vision. Your photographer will be present at your wedding for much of the day shadowing yourself, your family & friends around to take pictures so it is important that they do so unobtrusively.

4) Price and what they offer

Another important consideration is of course your budget, when meeting any photographers ask them about the packages available and what is included e.g. second shooters, hi-res JPG’s, prints, pre-wedding shoots etc. Also be sure everything you definitely need is included within the quote rather than having any surprises afterwards.

Furthermore, it is important to remember that unlike other parts of your Asian wedding such as catering and decorations, the photographs will serve as a permanent reminder of your wedding so this should be a consideration when looking at your budget to see if any savings could potentially be made.

5) Delivery

Once the wedding is done, you need to know when you will receive the photos – ask your photographer for a rough timeline of when you will receive them. It is also important to consider that just because it is faster may not be better as someone who takes longer may spend more time on each individual image in order to get the best result.

My name is Satpal Kainth and I am an Asian Wedding Photographer specialising in Indian and Asian Wedding Photography in Birmingham, London, the UK and also destination weddings. If you would like to find out more then have a look at recent weddings I have photographed or to contact me, call 07925328236, email info@satpalkainth.com or fill in the contact form here.