Your wedding should be one of the most memorable days of your life! Capturing great photos helps keep those memories fresh for years to come, and provides your friends and family with a time capsule of your most precious moments.
With that in mind, choosing a photographer is a pretty big decision! You need the right person (or team of people) to fit in with all of your other wedding plans, so here are a few important tips for finding just the right photographer for your needs!
Let’s get the least pleasant one out of the way first. Weddings can be expensive, and determining where your spending goes is a huge part of the planning process. A ballpark budget for your photographer will help you begin the process, and save you from wasting time looking at the wrong “tier” of wedding photo packages. You can both exclude photographers you can’t afford and move right past those with pricing well under your working budget. Many photographers also offer a range of options, from basic to deluxe packages, so you if you love a certain person’s style, explore the most affordable options for you!
You’ll have these photos for the rest of your life, so you don’t necessarily want to skimp… But you should know roughly how much you want to spend before beginning your search.
2. Pick a Style
Maybe you want traditional wedding photos… Or maybe you want something a little more creative and stylized. Photography is an art form, and even the people providing a service will have their own unique style.
As you start exploring your options, think about the overall vibe you’re going for. What fits your personality? What’s the theme of your wedding? What kind of photos will best represent you, your spouse, your friends, and your family?
Some stylistic variations are subtle, while others can be drastic. The more you know about what you want your photos to look like, the easier it will be to find the best photographer to create your vision!
3. Social Media
This one’s easy - people are always posting their wedding photos to various social media platforms. Spend a little time surfing Facebook or Instagram, and you’re bound to see a friend’s wedding photos, someone pictured as a bridesmaid or groomsman, or a person you know tagged in reception photos. If you like the pictures, dig a little deeper to find out who took them - and you’ll have another name on your list of potential wedding photographers!
4. Read Reviews
Even if a photographer’s work looks great, you’ll want to get a sense of their reputation as well. Reading reviews on Google, testimonials on their website, or even comments on their social media pages will give you some insight into how they do business. Look for information about turnaround times, professionalism, demeanor, and anything else you can find! Other people’s experiences can be a window into how yours might be - but always remember to take reviews with a grain of salt.
5. Meet Them In Person!
Maybe the best way to determine who’s right for you, meet your potential photographers in person! They’ll be able to tell you all about how they work, their schedule, and all of the gritty details. You’ll also get a sense of their personality, and that can have a huge influence on whether or not you want to hire them.This is fairly common practice in the wedding photographer industry, so don’t hesitate to reach out for a short consultation as you’re shopping around!
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect photographer for your wedding day. With a little exploration, you can find the person (or team) with the style you prefer, a price you can afford, and a personality you’re excited about working with.
Take your time if you can, and put in the extra effort to make sure your wedding photos are the best they can be!