How to Pick a Wedding Photographer
Choosing the right wedding photographer to capture these special moments may be one of the most important decisions made during the planning phase, aside from picking a venue, so it is important to get it right.
Being able to “vibe” with your photographer will not only put you and your partner at ease while in front of the camera, but also give the photographer a deeper view of your relationship during the wedding day.
So how do you find the perfect wedding photographer for you? With careful research and a knack for getting to know people, that's how! I have put together a step-by-step guide on how to pick the perfect wedding photographer to capture your special day. Make sure to check out my blog about the “must-have” wedding photos your photographer needs to capture on your wedding day!
1. Check Out Review Sites and Social Media
The internet is honestly the best way to begin looking for your wedding photographer, especially if you are new to an area. Scour social media, and feel free to check out review websites to learn more about wedding photographers in your area. Searching hashtags on Instagram and Twitter can yield some great results, as well as following wedding blogs like www.theknot.com.
One tip is to check for tagged photos of the venue that you picked for your wedding. Results may vary, but you may discover exactly what you are looking for just by logging on to Instagram.
2. Choose a Style of Photography
You don’t need a degree in art to know what you love when it comes to photographic style. There are so many different styles and approaches to wedding photography. Do you love bright and saturated images? What about a more classic look with film-like colors and dreamy light? Either way, there are plenty of incredible photographers who can deliver.
Once you have nailed down a style that you enjoy, now it's time to begin narrowing down photographers with a similar aesthetic to what you are looking for. Begin by emailing each of them, inquiring about rates and availability. When you find a few photographers that are available and within budget, set up an interview.
3. Interview Potential Photographers
Interviewing your photographer is no different than interviewing a potential employee. They will be working for you as a contractor, so it is important to get to know your prospective wedding photographer.
For one, you should be able to build a personal connection with your photographer. They will be capturing some of your most precious moments throughout the wedding. Feeling uncomfortable because of a photographer is a no-go.
Additionally, it is important to know whether or not your photographer is professional as well. Some important questions to ask when first meeting a potential photographer are:
- Do they carry insurance, and is their business licensed?
- How many years of experience do they have shooting weddings?
- What is the guaranteed turnaround time for gallery delivery?
- Who owns print rights?
- Do they have any references?
If they can provide answers to those questions, then you can turn your attention to them and their style. How do they like to work? What do they focus on while shooting? Most importantly, what sets them apart from other photographers?
These questions can give you a deeper understanding of what things may be like on your wedding day. If you have any concerns, address them. If you are not comfortable in front of the camera or have issues with difficult family members, let them know. This will not only give you a chance to see how they deal with issues as a professional, but also gives them a chance to better prepare for your big day.
4. Make a Decision
Once you have spent time looking over each photographer's work, nailed down your budget, and poked around your network for reviews, it's time to make your final decision. It is important to understand that this person will be following you around all day, so you should feel comfortable around them.
After making your decision, go ahead and get an engagement shoot on the schedule so that you can get to know exactly how your photographer works in a way less stressful environment. These photos will make for wonderful keepsakes for you and your family and are useful for decorating your save-the-date cards and wedding invitations.
Ultimately, hiring a wedding photographer is a very important decision and should not be taken lightly. However, if you stick to these tips, you can ensure that your photographer will be the best for you and your partner.
Times Treasured Studios
If you are looking for a professional wedding photographer to capture your special day, I would love to work with you. If you would like to learn more about my wedding prices, check them out here.
Feel free to browse the rest of my website while you're there to get a sense of my photographic style. Reach out if you have any questions!I look forward to speaking with you and discussing how I can best capture your special day!