Updated: Jun 28, 2022
Getting married is a once in a lifetime moment. It might be tempting to take your own pictures or ask a close friend to take them, but the best route in capturing the sweet memories of the day is by hiring a professional photographer. Photographers tend to be one of the next big vendor that is booked after the venue, and since they can only shoot one wedding a day as well, are often booked far in advance like venues. So the sooner you get started on your search, the better!
Wedding memories are ones that you will want to look back on for years to come. A pro will heighten your chances of getting the very best images. Professional photographers will also have a creative eye on how to get the best lighting, angles, backgrounds, etc. They will have experience in photographing weddings, so they will know how to capture those perfect moments.
How do you choose the right photographer for you?
First off, make sure the photographer’s prices are within your budget range. If you like a certain photographer that's a bit out of your price range you shouldn't negotiate prices, but perhaps look into if they offer a smaller package with less coverage time. Look at reviews and references before hiring, but don't sign a contract based on recommendations alone.
The photographs from your wedding are going to be something you look back on for a lifetime, so you want them to be the best that they can be. To make this a reality, you need to take a look at a photographer's gallery of work. The photos can be solely wedding-related or broader offerings from the photographer.
When flipping through albums and looking at galleries, ask yourself these questions:
Are the photos consistent? If they aren't this could be a major red flag.
How does the photographer tell the story of the wedding/event?
Are the images sharp?
Do you appreciate their editing style?
How does the photographer use lighting to photograph the ceremony and reception? How do the two compare?
After you have found some photographers that have consistent photos in the style you like, it's time to start reaching out to them. First of all you'll need to see if they're available for your date. Pursuing one photographer can end right there if they are already booked on your wedding date. It also helps to mention your wedding venue and if they've shot at your venue before. While not a necessity, when a photographer is familiar with a venue they often know spots that make for great photos and what the lighting is like inside the building(s). This can save you valuable time on the wedding day when time seems to fly by.
Through emails and/or phone calls you'll be able to get a sense of their personality, which in some cases may clash with yours. Don't be afraid of finding a different photographer if this happens. You will be with your photographer for a large part of your wedding day and you don't want it to be spent with someone you are not comfortable with or don't get along with.
Taking time to research photographers will pay off in the end. You'll have gorgeous photographs from your wedding day that you'll be able to look back on for years to come.
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