So you are finally engaged! How very exciting!! You’ve set a date and booked your location… now its time to start looking for a photographer, but wait…. How do you choose!? There are endless options to choose from, how on earth do you narrow it down!? Here are a few tips to help you choose the right photographer for you.
Style & Image Quality
First of all you want to choose a photographer who’s style you LOVE!! Does the photographer have bright, clean images? Or do they have a soft romantic look… chances are they have a style they stick to. Ask to see a few full wedding galleries, this will give you a look at the photographers skill and image quality… not just the best of the best that is shown on their website.
Personality & Experience
You will be spending a big chunk of your wedding day with your photographer. It is important to choose someone who you feel you will get along well with. Your photographer will be fixing hair, dresses and veils, holding flowers and wrangling even the rowdiest of family members, make sure to choose someone you feel confident will interact well with your guests. Is your photographer approachable, professional and down to earth? Chances are your guest will be more relaxed and you will get a better story of your day as apposed to just posed portraits.
How many weddings has your photographer photographed? The more experience, the better the flow of the day will be. Your photographer will know where to be during the ceremony to get the very best images, know how to pose you for the most flattering portraits of everyone!
That’s not to say that if the photographer has fewer weddings they are less experienced… ask if they have worked with or been a second shooter for another wedding photographer… it’s the best way to gain experience.
I know everyone has a budget (I was a bride once upon a time) and every photographer will have a different way of creating their packages. Cost should, in my opinion, not be the 1 deciding factor. Remember that after the food has been eaten, the alcohol drank, the flowers have wilted, the photos will be the one thing you have to remember the day. 25 years down the road these captured memories will be so cherished.
Think about what type of coverage you want… do you want coverage of you getting ready all the way into the reception? Do you want coverage by 1 or 2 photographers? Do you want an engagement session or an album included? Also ask about hidden fees upfront… do they charge for travel? Is it extra to have your images edited? Do you receive print copies or the digital images? Figuring out what you are looking for will help to narrow down your options.
Choosing a photographer is not easy, but if you do your research and go with a style you LOVE you will never regret your choice. I hope this helped with choosing the right Wedding Photographer for your special day!
Diane Blank Photography