When it comes to picking your wedding photographer, it is likely one of the biggest decisions for your special day. After all, it is up to the photographer to capture moments that you’ll look at for years to come, and share with your children, and their children, and so on.
As you get started looking for a wedding photographer, establish your budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend and what that would include. From a photography perspective, don’t put these images at the bottom of your budget! After all – the amount spent on the dress and clothes, the venue and food are important, but these items are only left in images following your event! In addition, think about whether you want the same person to shoot your engagement and wedding and if it is important for you to get a copy of all of your photos.
Now that you have your budget, start your research. Luckily, social media has made it a bit easier to find photographers – all without them knowing it! Check out their website, read reviews and view their work. Narrow it down to a short list and start reaching out.
As you reach out, you can schedule introductory meetings. In doing so, you can learn more about the photographer and their style, as well as determine if they are a fit for you. When you do reach out, the date & time of your wedding and a brief description of what you’re wanting are helpful.
The chemistry between you and your wedding photographer is just as important as the photos that they take. Understanding how they communicate, how they’ll work with you leading up to your wedding and their working style the day of is just as important as viewing their work.
Depending on your comfort level, you can also ask the photographer to speak to references. Some people will ask the photographer to shoot their engagement photos as a practice run for their wedding photos.
And most important of all? Go with your gut. You will likely meet with a few wedding photographers and one will stick out more than another. Your gut will be your best gauge for who you should choose!