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What you should know before choosing your wedding photographer

Choosing a photographer for your wedding day can be a long and complicated process but it doesn't have to be, says Jenny McCarthy.

With over 1,000 weddings under her belt, celebrity wedding photographer Jenny McCarthy knows more than a thing or two about choosing the right person for the job.

Ahead of her Weddings by Jen masterclass on 26th and 27th of November, Jenny told Independent.ie her top tips for brides-to-be in choosing a wedding photographer.

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"Know what style you want," she advised firstly.

"Do you want filters, a washed out effect, old fashioned film? Some photographers have different tastes. Some document all moments throughout the day without posing, while others prefer a classical posed style and others prefer quirky and funny photos, so knowing what style you want is a good place to start."

Jenny, who lists Seamus Coleman, Pippa O'Connor and Karen Koster among her clients, advises brides-to-be to look at the photographer's website, but also to meet with them in person.

"Speak to them, sit down and have a conversation," she said.

"Ask to see full wedding albums, not just single shots. Look at the style and quality, and tell them what it is you're looking for."

"Make sure you have a good rapport with them and listen to your gut, that's important. You're going to spend the entire day with your wedding photographer. They are the last business in the chain of supply you'll be dealing with for several weeks after your wedding."

"If you're not happy with the photography, the wedding can't be done again."

Jenny, who is married to TV3 presenter Martin King, said there is a list of qualities that a good photographer has - and they go beyond having a good set of skills behind the camera.

"Look out for someone with a good personality, someone who is a people person. Someone who can blend in and enjoy the day with the couple and the wedding party."

When it comes to price, Jenny notes that the cheaper option may not always be the best option.

"I'd stay away from anything around the €500 mark," she said.

"Typically, a wedding photographer will be there from 9am until 2am the following morning. For a very good, professional photographer the price can start at €2000."

Jenny emphasised the importance of telling your photographer exactly what you want, as it can be easy to wrongly presume that the photographer has the same idea as you in mind.

"Make a list of what photographs you want, with family, friends, of just the bride and groom, photographs in the church, write it all down," she said.

"That way there's no confusion and you won't have to worry on the day."

As with the majority of wedding details, Jenny advises booking your photographer as far in advance as possible.

"My bookings for this year are gone, and next year is filling up. It depends on the date, but 2018 is filling up too," she said.

Lastly, Jenny says to remember to enjoy the day.

"Don't forget to enjoy the day. It can be easy to get wrapped up in stress and panic if something goes wrong, but just enjoy it - it only happens once."

Tickets to the Weddings by Jen masterclasses, which will be held on November 26th and 27th in Killashee Hotel, Naas, are available from www.weddingsbyjen.ie/events.