August 15, 2017 - 4 comments

5 Quick Tips: How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

One of the most important components to your wedding is the moments captured that will last a lifetime, the photos! Choosing a photographer can be pretty hard because there are so many talented ones out there, especially if you're starting your search on Instagram. Here are some quick tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your special day!

1. Find your photography style

First, look through some wedding photos and find out your personal style. Would you rather have professional portrait photos? Do you prefer more action shots and special moments taken by surprise? Or are you a nature-lover and are more passionate about whats in the background of your photos? Esthetically, do you tend to like the bright and airy photos or gravitate toward the dark and moody?

Bride and Groom at TreePeople Park

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

cake smashing for bride and groom

Photo by Daren Kelley

bride and groom kiss in the desert in joshua treePhoto by Alissa Noelle Photography

Photo by Samantha Roy Photography

2. Scheduling

This is important if you run into an issue when the photographer is booked for multiple events. If you want someone that is all-in and dedicated to getting the photos back to you quickly, you might want to look for someone who doesn't have a crammed schedule around the time of your wedding. Also, some photographers have different pricing if you want to hire them personally or one of their (very talented) associates. Just make sure you know who you're getting!

art deco bride and groom

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

3. Budgeting and Extra Charges

Before your special day, make sure everyone is on the same page with the costs. If you are, the next question would be if they charge extra for special services you might want. Do they charge for extra travel? Do they include an engagement session or is that additional? These are all important questions to ask to make sure you can stay within your budget.

bride and groom canyon walk

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

4. Second Shooters are a must

We assume that every photographer brings along a second shooter to help them out on the wedding day but sometimes that comes as an additional charge. I really believe it's important to find someone that includes a second shooter because while your main photographer can snap some photos of you getting your hair and makeup done, the second shooter can capture all the decor photos and even a few candids of guests arriving or family members hugging. One photographer can't be at 2 places at the same time!

5. Personality Check

Most couples will be able to feel if a photographer is right for them. He or she will be interested in knowing your story as a couple and want to portray that in the photos they take. It is important to have a few in-person meetings to become more comfortable with each other and create chemistry. You want to be genuine and natural when taking these photos, so make sure you and your photographer have a solid relationship of understanding and friendship. Don't forget, your photographer will be with you for at least 8 hours on your wedding day so choose someone who makes you feel like you've been friends forever.

photographer Chloe Moore behind the scenes

retro just married getaway

Photo by Amy Lynn Photography

That’s all! Five simple tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your wedding day. I hope it was helpful and it sparked some good questions for you to ask. Let us know what tips you have when searching for your ideal photographer.

Comments

Rachel
August 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

These are such great tips!! I find many clients don’t know how to find a photographer because there are so many talented options out there and that can be so daunting! This is such a great way to narrow down the options when you’re trying to find the best fit!

    Gabrielle Norton
    August 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I know! There are a ton of incredibly talented peeps out there but they really have to think about what photos they will love looking at for years to come instead of what super trendy right now.

Lindsay Bishop
August 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm

All great tips! Especially the part about second shooters, they really make such a big difference in the timeline of the day, and the final product that you receive!

Tiffany Locke
September 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

I like your advice to look at wedding photos and figure out which style you like, such as professional headshots or ones in nature. A good place to look for examples would probably be on the websites of various photographers in your area. This could give you a chance to find your style and a good photographer at the same time in order to make sure you get someone that can provide you with the best results.

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