It’s here! Engagement season is upon us and with all the wonderful new couples promising to commit their lives to one another comes a whole lot of wedding planning. Almost as soon as you say “yes” you’ll have friends and family asking about your wedding date, your dress, your venue, you name it! Though I am not an expert on most of these subjects I am an expert on wedding photography. I’ve compiled a list of 5 tips that will help you find your perfect wedding photographer, simple guidelines that will help you in your search for the right person to document your big (or small) beautiful wedding day.
Do you like their work? It’s as simple as that. Photographers often only show their favorite images in their galleries so be sure to check out their blog posts to see what a full wedding looks like. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on their blog, ask them for a full wedding preview. Chances are they have one or two client galleries they’d be willing to show you.
This one is extremely important. Your photographer is the person you’ll see the most on your wedding day. They’ll be there while you’re getting ready through to the very end of the night. They’ll be photographing your intimate moments, your private displays of affection, you families, your friends after a few too many cocktails, and all the moments in between. This is why it is so important to meet and get to know your photographer before you book them. Hang out, drink some coffee, chat about life and hobbies. We’re people with interests and desires, just like you. Make sure your photographer is a good match for your personally and you’ll be sure to have a great time on your wedding day.
Bonus points if you want to hang out with your photographer after your wedding – new friends are always a good idea!
Tip: If you’re hiring someone who doesn’t live near by, schedule a phone call or a Google Hangout session. These can be just as good as a one- on- one meeting.
What do other people say about their experience with your photographer? It’s important to know how others feel about their experiences working with someone through to the end. Does your photographer have glowing reviews? Or do they have a few complaints about late images or bad communication? Keep in mind that one less than stellar review shouldn’t count them out, but be mindful if you see a pattern.
How long has your photographer been in the business? Weddings are complicated events requiring proficiency in many different types of photography. Consider which photographs are most important to you; whether it’s documentary style candid images from the reception, epic bridal portraits after the ceremony, or formal family photos, and make sure your photographer can deliver.
Wedding days can be stressful and the last thing you need is for your photographer to add to that energy. Find someone who can go with the flow, who can keep you informed of the timeline without pressuring you to do anything you’re not ready for. Our job is to observe, document, and create beauty out of (potential) chaos and the best photographers can do this without losing their cool.