Choosing your photographer is arguably the most important part of the entire wedding planning process, and there are so many things to look for in a wedding photographer. You have to remember you’ll be spending the majority of your wedding day with this person, and probably a few hours for the engagement session as well. This is why it’s so important to make sure you are 100% happy with your choice. To help you along, I’ve outlined the 3 most important factors in choosing a wedding photographer that you’ll love!
QUALITY FOR COST
Make sure their work is a level of quality that you’re happy with, within a budget that works for you. This doesn’t mean you should be quizzing photographers on what brand of camera gear they have or the software that they use, but be sure go through their past work and make sure that their quality of work is consistent. It’s good to look at a photographer’s entire body of work, rather than just their social media feeds to get a good overview of their quality standard. Socials tend to be more of a highlight reel, showing the best of the best, rather than quality across the board. Remember you are getting what you pay for and a high-quality photographer will not be cheap. That being said, just because a photographer is expensive, does not mean they are the right fit for you!
There are a million different styles of wedding photographer and it’s so important that your photographer’s style matches your vibe! Whether you’re looking for a more adventurous and relaxed style, or seeking a more formal vibe, make sure your photographer reflects that.
It’s also good to be aware that all photographers have different editing styles that may or may not align with your personal style, be sure to look over all their galleries to make sure you have a good understanding of their editing pattern.
Word of mouth is so important in the creative industry. Ask your photographer for testimonials from previous clients so you can get a taste of what it might be like to work with them, and even better, ask around. Chances are if your photographer is from your area, you know people that they’ve worked with. Look for feedback not only on the quality of the images themselves, but also what the photographer was like on the day.
Wedding planning is not an exact science and committing to vendors can be stressful, but I hope these tips will help you on your quest to find the perfect wedding photographer to capture the best day of your life!