How to : Choose your wedding photographer

Listen, I know how stressful it is to plan a wedding. Between family, friends and my own clients, I’ve seen it all. When it comes to vendors, there are so many things to consider. From florals, outfits, and music to venues, photographers and invitations, you have so many decisions to make and it can all become so overwhelming.

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Here are a few things to consider when it comes to hiring your photographer - after all, these images are the only thing from the big day that last a lifetime.

1.Have a budget in mind

Having a budget will set the tone for your research. If you don’t have a specific number in mind, think of a range you want to stay within to have a good idea what you’re looking for. With that in mind, you need to consider the amount of coverage and product you’re looking to get for the big day. For example, 4 hour coverage with 200 digital images will differ greatly from 10 hours, two photographers, all digitals and an album.

There are so many things that can affect your budget. I urge you to be skeptical of the businesses you are hiring for this day. Ask for referrals, look at their website and social media thoroughly to establish accountability. Too many times have I seen horror stories of photographers losing images or not showing up without reason or arguments over contracts after the wedding. Things like insurance, gear upkeep, bookkeeping, legal services (for contracts), education, design services among many others are what set apart amateurs from professionals in this industry. (I absolutely don’t have a problem with hiring budding photographers - but know that there are risks in doing so). Take some time to properly vet your vendors and take these things into consideration when hiring.

2. Find a Style you like

There are so many different styles of photography out there. Know that photographers spend a long time finding that style and working it into their brand. If you don’t visually like the way they shoot and edit, consider looking elsewhere. As artists, our style is engrained into our business and asking for something different than what they normally do is like asking a doctor to perform veterinary services.

From bright and airy to dark and moody, from soft and romantic to warm and rich and everywhere in between. The options of style when it comes to photography are endless. Finding the ones you prefer can be difficult but if you scroll through Pinterest or Instagram, you’ll start to notice that the images you’re drawn to are likely similar in style - so find someone who matches those tones and feelings for you.

3. Find the right fit

Once you’ve found a few examples of people who fit the other criteria, the last and most important factor is personality. Your Photographer will likely be spending more time with you than your spouse on the wedding day. We are with you before you get your outfits on through to the dance floor, so you need to make sure you’ll get along. You can do this many ways; first, stalk your photographer on social media. Most of us spend a lot of time building our brands and showing our personalities on social media, so the most up to date information is always there. Check out their websites and “about me” sections. Do they talk about things that resonate with you, do they sound like someone you’d like to have around on that day? The last way to find if you’re a good match is to meet them. Most photographers incorporate client consultations exactly for this reason. This is when you can ask them anything and everything and get to know them. There is no need to sign a contract on this day, so don’t feel pressured to say yes. Take some time (unless you fell in love with them ) and talk it over with your significant other.

All in all, take time to pick your photographer. We are here to serve you and capture your big day exactly like you’ve always imagined it. We love our clients and adore watching them grow and expand into their relationships, so find the person who fits all of your criteria, and hire them.

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