8 tips for choosing a wedding photographer

I know how hard it is when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer!

where do you start
There are so many options and it’s so difficult to figure out what sets each one apart. It can be a tough decision, especially when you consider the role your photographer will play on your wedding day. After all, of all the people involved in the organization of the wedding, it is the photographer who will arrange your unruly locks or remove the twigs from your dress! He is the one who will be there for you throughout the whole day, he is the one with whom you will exchange the most messages and give you the most useful advice; and he is also the one who will interact with your guests and family. He will make art at your wedding. Even after the wedding you will stay in constant communication. He will deliver your photo gallery, then you will consult together on the most unique design of your wedding album… Oh, and not to mention photographing the next stages of life, such as (maybe) a baby!

I have listed some ideas related to this topic below. I think it deserves your attention.

  1. Search across platforms

Pinterest, social media and/or wedding fairs are an endless option to see as many photographers as possible.
You found it? Perfect! The next step would be to study the portfolio of the photographer who “caught your eye”. Notice his shooting style, the details he captures, and whether or not his photos convey emotion. That way (I think) you can figure out what makes him the best fit for you as a couple. It’s also very important (if not MOST IMPORTANT) to be able to create a loose connection with your photographer, resonate and be on the same page. You don’t want his behavior to stress you out and inhibit you during the wedding, so all your wedding photos will have that “unnatural” look.

  1. What style of photography do you prefer?

So here’s a quick crash course to describe how images look and feel:

– Light and airy using natural light (vibrant, bright, natural, clean)

– Fine art (very clean; film or looks like film; usually high end)

– Dark and moody (uses shadows and deliberate underexposure)

– Trendy editing (eg to make green look brown; images look very warm)

– Documentary style (realistic colors; not too staged)

  1. Figure out your budget

You have to be realistic, all providers have their own businesses, so everyone has to charge in a way that makes this job worthwhile for them. Yes, it’s quite tempting to think that they are just “some pictures” and you can negotiate, but photography, like any other profession, must be appreciated as such. If you ask for a quote and feel it is way out of your budget, you could instead look for another photographer who can give you exactly what you are looking for. And let’s not forget, we are talking about an extremely important event in your life, don’t accept anything less than perfect. And if you don’t fit into his budget, the photographer can happily recommend other photographers who are more suitable for you from this point of view.
Seriously now, tell me about your wedding vision, your budget and let’s work out all the details together so we’re all happy!

  1. Check out the portfolio and reviews on the photographer’s page

Social media is your friend these days, and normally I would immediately check out a photographer’s Instagram profile because I want to see what they’re conveying through their images, how active they are and how they engage with their community. It’s a good way to check if someone is still open to collaboration. Also, reviews on his website or social media page can help you understand how well he has worked with previous clients as well. Don’t forget, good reviews are hard to write, because we are always pressed for time and can’t spare a minute for it, and if you still find so many good reviews on his page, you’ve definitely made an excellent choice!

  1. Request links to view full wedding galleries

Don’t forget to ask the photographer if you can see an online gallery of a complete wedding shot by them. In this way, you will be able to figure out what exactly he focused on, if there are family photos, if he took a picture of that gorgeous bride’s bouquet or any other details that come to your mind and that you would like to see in your photos . Even if you don’t know the people in the images, you will be able to get an idea of the whole. Or more simply, you can ask him to show you a wedding he photographed in the same place or similar to the one you booked, and on this occasion you will be able to visualize yourself in that place, bride-to-be!

  1. If possible, meet in person!

A face-to-face meeting or video chat over the phone will be your chance to ask all the questions you want. That way you will be able to notice the connection between you and how well you resonate!
If you like his style and trust your photographer, you’ll feel much more comfortable when he’s photographing you on your wedding day! This is also very helpful for your partner as they can often feel a bit left out, so just getting along with the photographer is less stress for both of you.

  1. Engagement session?

You can opt for an engagement photo session or “save the village” from the wedding photographer’s package. How does this help you?
I think it’s a great idea because in this photo session you will get comfortable with the photographer, get to know each other, and on the big day, your collaboration will definitely be much better! You can also use the photos from the photo shoot to print the wedding invitations to be sent!

  1. Understand what’s included in your package

That might not sound like a big deal, but it can be – if you’re sure of the materials that will be delivered to you and the amount of time it will take for them to come into your possession. It’s very easy to make assumptions, but in order not to make a mistake – first read the contract, ask questions and be on the same page!
Once I was asked: “When will the photo album arrive?”, given that the bride did not opt (nor pay) for this service. It’s important to know what you’re getting when you pay for an all-inclusive service.
And “How long will it take for my photos to be delivered?” These are the questions I told you above, ask the photographer at the beginning of the discussions, and he will explain all the details and at the end you will be delighted when you get exactly what you asked for.

So here they are… Some of my thoughts on how you can find the right photographer for you. Next time!

 

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