Choosing a wedding photographer these days isn’t easy. Not because there aren’t enough of them to go around, but because there are actually too many photographers to choose from! It seems like everyone knows one personally, and there are so many to sift through that it honestly can get overwhelming. However, a wedding photographer is one of the most important steps in planning a wedding. If you read my last blog post about the First 5 Things To Do Once You Get Engaged, you’ll see that hiring a wedding photographer is in the top 5 most important things when it comes to planning your wedding. Your wedding photographer is there with you every step of the way when it comes to your wedding experience, so the following steps are how I recommend going about making this big decision.
Look at the style of their galleries
When you’re trying to find a photographer, it’s important to view their portfolio to see if you like the way their photos look. Do you like the way most of their photos were shot? Do you prefer photos taken cinematically at unique angles, or do you prefer photos that look like they’re out of a documentary and accurately represent the day? Also, be sure to note how the photos are edited. There are many different types of editing styles like light and airy or dark and moody, so it’s important to choose a photographer that edits photos in a way that is pleasing to your eye and brings you joyous emotions.
Ask about their wedding photography experience
Photographers are only going to share their absolute best photos online for the general population to find. It’s essential to ask to see a full gallery when you’re deciding on a wedding photographer. Most likely, you’re going to need someone who knows how to shoot in all different lighting situations (i.e. daytime AND nighttime). If you ask for a full gallery and you don’t see any photos taken at night (like at a reception), this is a good indication that the photographer you’re looking at does not have much experience in shooting weddings.
Chat with them to find out if you vibe well together
On your wedding day, the photographer is with you from the time you’re getting ready, all the way until you’re making your grand exit. In order to make your big day a pleasant one, you want to make sure that the photographer you choose is someone who vibes well with you. One way to do this is to have a video call with them prior to booking. Get a glimpse into their personality. Do they make you feel happy, cared for, and appreciated? Your photographer is going to have a major impact on the energy of your wedding day, so also think about whether you prefer someone more introverted or extroverted to take the photos at your wedding.
Be flexible with your photography budget
As in all things when it comes to planning a wedding, budget is important. However, when it comes to booking a photographer, budget is not everything. Your photographer is capturing moments that will last for generations. Your photos will outlast your wedding cake, your florals, your wedding decor, etc. Once these photos are delivered, you will be able to print them and pass them down to family and friends, as well as be able to send them digitally for even more people to share. Your photographer is creating heirlooms for you and your partner, so it’s important to make sure your wedding photography is done right by an experienced and reputable photographer.
Read their reviews
Take a peek at a photographer’s reviews when deciding on the best fit for you. Having a lot of reviews doesn’t always mean they’re all good reviews, so be sure to do your research and see how other people feel about their experience working with this particular person. Reviews are extremely important in the wedding industry, so please remember to leave a review after your special day too!
While I may be a bit biased when it comes to wedding photography, my ultimate goal is to make this part of the planning process is easier for you. Hopefully these tips are helpful for you when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer and saves you at least a little time and from a little stress.