Wedding planning can be both an incredible and stressful experience. Choosing your vendors is a big part of that list and putting together a perfect team is no small feat.


Today I am going to be talking about what you should look for when choosing a wedding photographer. This is such an important topic because there may be too many options or you simply just don't know where to start.


Without further ado, let's jump right in!

Aging


Okay, this may seem odd to you... Why would aging be a part of this list? Well, why wouldn't it be? Just think about why you are hiring a wedding photographer in the first place. To preserve memories of course!


If the photographer doesn't capture them correctly, they will age much faster than they should. You will look back on your photos 10 or more years down the road and won't think the same way about them compared to when the photos were delivered to you.


What to look for?

Trendy photographers! The market contains a lot of these creatives, but just know that once these trends die, so do the pictures. Yeah, that might be a pretty bold statement, but keep that in mind. Try to find a photographer that captures their images creatively, but is also true to life.

Styles


Styles are tricky because you don't want to confuse them with trends. Everyone has a unique style, but they usually fall into a style domain. For example, photojournalism, classic, moody, etc. Find out what style you like best and go from there.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Consistency! Look at the photographer's portfolio and imagine in your head if that would be the way you wanted your wedding to be captured.


Responsibility


Hiring a competent business person that is going to handle the job well. Photographers that are competent will responsibly manage all of your paperwork, secure original photographs, communicate quickly, and behave professionally.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Make sure the photographer you are working with is being a professional. This includes proper data wrangling, insurance, emergency plans, and a good reputation, among other things. By doing a little research and talking with the photographer, you can learn a lot about their professionalism. Also, take note of how they respond to your inquiry email.

Quality


This is all pretty basic information here. Make sure the photographer you are working with is competent and can actually take good photographs consistently.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Honestly, you will know if the photographer is good or not pretty easily. A great way to really find out is to ask to see a full wedding gallery!

Budget


No surprises here, but if you can't afford it then you can't get it. Making a shortlist of photographers that are within your budget is a great place to start!


Pricing can be flexible with your wedding, you just need to ask what you really need. Will you need 10 hours of coverage or will 6 hours be fine? Is the second photographer really necessary? Should you get that premium album or can you go without it? Asking yourself questions like that will help narrow down what you need in your package.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Not all photographers have prices on their website. However, you can have a pretty good idea of what price range of photography they do by looking at their website. After that, go ahead and contact them to set up a meeting!

Details


Make sure you are getting the service that you had in mind. What one photographer provides may be completely different compared to another photographer. Make sure you confirm these details with the photographer to avoid frustration down the road.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Go through their website and ask them any questions if necessary. Some example questions include:

  • Are digital files provided?
  • Is a print release included or do I have to purchase prints only from you?
  • How long will it take to receive the gallery?

Availability


This one is pretty obvious. If the photographer you want isn't available for your wedding date, then you are going to need to find an alternative option.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Make sure the photographer is actually available on your wedding date by contacting them. Remember that they won't usually hold that date for long unless you commit to signing a contract.

Conclusion


Now that you understand what to look for in a wedding photographer, you can narrow down your search! Now the next leap to get over is actually finding the photographer. I wish you best of luck and I hope you found the article useful.

If you have any questions or are interested in my wedding photography services, feel free to get in touch with me! I would love to work with you!