5 Tips for choosing the
right Wedding Photographer
WITH SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT AND SO MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, SELECTING THE RIGHT VENDORS FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY CAN FEEL OVERWHELMING, TO SAY THE LEAST! BUT, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE.
IF YOU’VE SEEN MY I’M ENGAGED, WHERE DO I START? POST THEN YOU KNOW THAT YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IS ONE OF, IF NOT THE, KEY SERVICE PROVIDER TO SECURE FOR YOUR BIG DAY.
So I went ahead and put together a list of 5 tips for choosing the right wedding photographer for you and why it’s so important. Let’s get started
Your wedding photographs will be your most treasured keepsake from your wedding day. I tell all my brides that it’s the only thing you get to keep besides the husband. This may be funny, but it’s the absolute truth! You spend so long crafting this dream day, and then it passes in the blink of an eye.
Long after your dress has been washed and pressed, the food has been eaten, and the lights have been dimmed, these once in a lifetime moments, will be a tangible reminder of the most magical day of your life! Be that in 2, 20, or 60 years, your wedding photographs should evoke the same emotions as those you felt on that day, the butterflies, the 1000 beats per minute you heard pounding in your ears as you walked down the aisle and saw your partner for the first time, and most of all that swell of pure, authentic love. That’s why you want to hire a photographer that you can trust to capture those sacred moments, fleeting glances, and the raw authenticity of your love story.
Your wedding photographer will be someone who is with you every step of the way on your wedding journey and the weeks, or months, that follow. And if you make the right choice, maybe for life!
Can you start to see why they are your most important investment? Your photographer will be with you throughout the entirety of your day, documenting all the little details from when you are getting ready, the last few moments of tear shedding before you say your “I do’s”, to the sacred glances through the golden light of your couple shoot and the party that follows.
Your photographer is a vital cog in ensuring that your day runs smoothly and often take on the role of “day of” coordinator by keeping everything on track and helping things move along smoothly to take the pressure off of you. OF COURSE you want the amazing imagery, but you also want to be comfortable with the person that will be spending every waking moment of that day with you. So,
IT IS CRUCIAL TO FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT YOU FULLY TRUST, THAT YOU CONNECT WITH, AND THAT SHARES YOUR VALUES AND VISION.
NOW FOR THE BIG QUESTION, HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT FINDING YOUR DREAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
I’VE EXPERIENCED BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY, THANKFULLY I KNOW MY STYLE WELL AND THE STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY I WAS LOOKING FOR FOR MY OWN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS. BUT I STILL…DID. MY. RESEARCH!
HERE ARE MY 5 TIPS FOR CHOOSING the right WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:
LET GO OF THE MINDSET THAT LESS MONEY, MEANS MORE VALUE FOR MONEY;
(READ THAT AGAIN)
Tip #1 of 5 Tips for choosing the right wedding photographer: Cheap isn’t always better
Weddings are expensive. It’s an unavoidable fact. So it is important to know how much you are willing to spend overall, and where you are allocating those funds. Knowing how much you are willing to invest in your wedding photographer will really help narrow your search. With that being said,
Your wedding photography shouldn’t be something that you just ‘tick off your list’, remember these will be what you cherish long after the day has gone, not only that but you definitely want to find someone who knows what they are doing. Do they know how to direct you while still letting you be yourselves? Do they know that pushing your limits on the adventurous scale to get ‘the shot’ and pushing you out of your comfort zone are two completely different things?
Do they know your pain points and how to resolve those?
Yes, there’s so much more to your wedding photographer than whether they know how to work a camera…
Photographers charge their rates for a reason, their craft is valuable, but so is their time, their effort and care they put into clients and client relationships, not to mention the time they invest in not only taking your photographs on the day, but retouching them to absolute perfection.
Know what you want
Tip #2 of 5 Tips for choosing the right wedding photographer: Find your vibe
You have a vision in mind for your venue, dress, and decor, but what about your photographs?
Your preferred photography style is so important when choosing your photographer. You want to ensure that you choose someone who fits with your vision and has the same focus as you do when it comes to your wedding.
Photographers work hard to hone their craft and you will see it clearly when you review their portfolios. You can either go towards natural light, outdoor magnificent sceneries, adventurous locations, candid moments and authentic, raw emotions or staged light, heavily posed, high-end lifestyle portraiture. Should it be dark and moody, light and airy, film-like? Gosh, where do you even begin?
Time to start your research!
Look through Pinterest and Instagram, save the photos that you like and ask yourself why you like them? Is it the way they’ve captured emotion? The editing style? The composition?
Most importantly…Can you see yourself in those photos?
Are you more attracted to fun, laughing, flirty photos or deep, soulful, romantic photos?
Are you adventurous enough to run off into the ocean or climb into a little river boat in your wedding dress?
Or are you more introverted and wouldn’t want to get your dress dirty?
Whatever your answer, it’s OK! The important thing is, once you know your aesthetic, you can then seek out a photographer whose work aligns with your vision.
Use hashtags # to your advantage by searching your area, or the area that your venue is located in. Photographers love to travel and are always keen to shoot in new locations, so if there’s someone who’s work you fell in love with, but they are not located in that area, ask them about their travel rates.
Know your style? You’re ready for the next step!
Tip #3 of 5 Tips for choosing the right wedding photographer: Size Matters
Your wedding day should be as stress-free as possible! Hiring an experienced professional will allow you to relax and really enjoy your big day! Weddings are busy events and often unpredictable. A professional photographer will know how to handle changes in schedule without placing any stress on you, adverse weather conditions, and direct you in a way that makes you enjoy every minute you are in front of the camera.
When doing your research, find your top 3-5 choices and look through their portfolios. Of course photographers will have a ‘best of’ reel on Instagram, after all, it’s to highlight their best work. You’ll want to see galleries of a full wedding day to ensure the way they capture everything from start to finish aligns with your ideas for the day.
There are no redos!
An experienced photographer will capture those moments without being intrusive. The authentic and heartfelt moments that tell your love story.
Remember, you are not only hiring your photographer for their experience but also their creativity. They will be able to highlight the little touches that make your wedding day uniquely yours, from the decor to the dress to the flowers.
Connection & Communication
Tip #4 of 5 Tips for choosing the right wedding photographer: Heart Emoji
Being drawn a photographer’s work is a good check point when making your final decision, however, your connection is just as important.
Out of all of your wedding vendors, your photographer will be the one that you spend the most time with so you want to make sure you vibe with them as a person. A good way to gauge this is to read through potential photographers’ blogs and their ‘about me’ page on their website. If you are inspired by what you see and read, chances are you will be a good fit.
Once you have your shortlist, reach out and see if they are available on your desired date.
Consider their response when you speak with them. Do they send a generic price list over, or do they make a concerted effort to find out more about you as a couple and your love story? Are they interested in finding out what makes you two unique so that they can capture your wedding day in the best possible light?
A good photographer is a vital resource and can give you advice on everything from time of day for your ceremony, the best lighting for your photographs, and unique ideas.
The right wedding photographer can elevate your day, and your photos, from great to EPIC!
You need a photographer that you feel you can be yourself around. Someone that feels like a friend. You’ll know the click when you feel it and don’t settle for anything less!
Meet up with you potential TOG
Tip #5 of 5 Tips for choosing the right wedding photographer: What’s next
Once you think you’ve found the one make the date and meet up so you can talk about anything and everything you need to before making that booking! and finally go to bed with the peace of mind, knowing that the most important investment of your day is one you can be 100% sure about.
My bonus tip to you
Tip #6 of 5 Tips for choosing the right wedding photographer: Schedule a pre-wedding session
is to schedule an Engagement Session with your photographer of choice. Engagement shoots are the best way of getting to know and getting comfortable with your photographer!
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