Picking the Right Wedding Photographer

HOW TO FIND THE BEST FIT FOR YOUR BIG DAY

January 18th, 2021



Your “I do” day is one of the most special days of your life. Choosing the best photographer to do more than just get the job done, and go above and beyond can be extremely difficult. As I’m writing this, I’m currently engaged and will be getting married on April 10th, 2021, so trust me when I say that I know what you’re going through. Wedding planning is NOT easy, so finding somebody you can trust to capture every detail and emotion is critical. Here’s a few tips I used when searching for our own photographer, and also like to share with my clients.

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Connection

One of the most overlooked attributes when picking a photographer is your personal connection with them. You’re about to make them one of the most important people for the biggest day of your life, connection is everything! Be sure to have a conversation with them prior to making your final decision. This could be as simple as email, text, or private messaging, or as far as a FaceTime call or lunch date. Make sure that your personalities work well and that you feel they’d be a good fit for you and your future spouse. Once booked, most photographers encourage a phone call closer towards the wedding day, to go over final details and important people and shots to get, but sometimes this can be too late.


A great way to get to know your photographer is booking an engagement session prior to the wedding. Engagement shoots are a lot more relaxed and easygoing compared to the actual wedding day, but it gives you the opportunity to get comfortable with one another. It can also give you a sneak peek of what some of your wedding gallery may look like. Plus, solely booking an engagement shoot is commitment free in terms of your wedding. If you feel like your personalities clash, you can always keep looking for the best person. One thing to keep in mind is that some photographers offer some sort of bundle deal, where if you book your wedding with them, you’d get an engagement shoot at a discounted cost. If you feel based on the initial conversation prior to booking that they’re the right one for you, go for this option to save some money!


Portfolio

Everybody has different styles and taste when it comes to photography. It’s an artform for a variety of people to enjoy. One thing to ask yourself - will they fulfill your vision? Most women have dreamt of their wedding day since they were little girls. They’ve created Pinterest boards full of inspiration. Figure out what style you’re going for and pick something timeless that can hang on your walls for decades.

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Prices

Weddings can get EXPENSIVE. Staying within your budget is extremely important. However… Photography is one of the most important vendor services you’ll be using. The cake will be eaten and the music will fade, but your photos will last a lifetime! Most photographers offer different packages to suit your needs, but sometimes your dream photographer is WAY out of budget. What can you do in this situation?


• Readjust Budget - If your budget is set and there’s no possibility of going over, try rearranging less important costs. DIY your decorations or buy second hand, take away the open bar, the possibilities are endless when it comes to decreasing costs.

• Save - Most weddings happen far enough in advance to where you may be able to save some additional money to cover the cost. If this is something you are able to do, go for it!

• Keep searching - If there is absolutely no way you can manage to squeeze in the cost of the photographer you had initially wanted, keep on keeping on and don’t get discouraged! There are thousands of talented people who will still be able to make your day perfect. Join wedding groups on Facebook or ask around on local groups in your area.


Back-Up

Before booking, always ask your potential photographers what back-up plans they have in case of emergencies.

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• Dual Card Slots - Wedding photographers should be shooting on a camera that has a dual card slot - meaning if one SD card malfunctions and you lose all of it’s content, it should be backed up on the second card. I personally shoot with a camera that has this feature, just to be on the safe side.

• Separate Cards - I also like to shoot every part of the day on separate cards. Getting ready photos, ceremony photos, portraits and family photos, and reception photos are all held on different cards. This way, if something were to happen and the photos weren’t able to back up on the second card slot, you don’t lose the ENTIRE day. Luckily, *knock on wood* I’ve never experienced losing any photos, but technology can be a blessing and a curse so it’s better to be safe than sorry. See if this is something your photographer is willing to do.

• Cancellation Emergencies - If your photographer is unable to make it to your wedding for an illness, family emergency, or injury, ask what their back-up plan is. Do they have a list of other recommended photographers who may be able to sweep in and save the day?


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