Your wedding photos will be one of the most precious keepsakes of your special day. Although it can seem daunting to choose the right wedding photographer, it is an important decision. It is important to choose a photographer who can capture the special moments of your wedding with style and aligns with your vision. This guide will help you choose the right photographer.
ESTABLISH YOUR FIRST
It is easier to find a photographer that suits your style once you have your venue set up. Book early with photographers as some of the best photographers book months in advance, sometimes even a year in advance.
REQUEST FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
Next, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Ask them to show you photos of their wedding to find out if they are happy with their photographer. Word of mouth is the best way to find a trustworthy photographer.
HONE in on YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TYLE
There are many styles and types of wedding photographers. Make sure to do some research about your preferences and find the right style for you. Start by creating a Pinterest collage of images that you love and then go from there. Are you more comfortable with vintage images, bright and bold images, or light tones? Do you prefer posed photos with specific backdrops or natural action shots? The Knot has a short quiz that may help you make a decision. Once you have an idea of your style, make a list.
SET UP AN INITIAL MEETING
Once you have a list of photographers, email them to find out if they are available. To ensure there are no surprises, make arrangements for a meeting with them if they agree. These questions might help:
- What’s your photographic background?
- Who will be the photographer for the day? Are there more than one photographer?
- Are there any recent portfolios of weddings that we could look at?
- Is there an additional cost?
- What will you shoot that day?
- What is the time it will take for our photos to arrive?
- Are you a past employee of our venue?
- What are the contents of your photography package for us?
- Do you have backups of our images?
- What is your cancellation/refund policy
ESTABLISH THE COSTS IMPLIED
The cost of the photographer is an important aspect of the decision-making process. Some photographers may charge an hourly fee, while others might charge for a package deal. It is important to find out if additional photos, albums, or high-resolution images will incur extra costs. You should know the length of the photographer’s stay, whether there will be another photographer and where the photos will be taken. To ensure everyone understands what is going on, create an itinerary together.
TRUST YOUR INTINCTS
Take the time to review all information and then go with your gut when it comes time for a decision. Are you and your partner compatible? Do you picture them as being with you on your big day? Are you comfortable with your photographer? You may just have found the perfect photographer for your wedding!