August 15, 2017 - 28 comments

5 important things to remember when choosing your Wedding Photographer

Want to know what the number 1 thing couples regret not doing for their wedding? Hiring a really GOOD wedding photographer! I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that they wish they had spent more on an experienced and really talented wedding photographer. That, and hiring a wedding planner but that will be a post for another day ha! Choosing a wedding photographer can be pretty hard because there are so many talented ones out there. Here are some things to remember when searching for your wedding photographer.

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 candid moments? 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 warmer and moody tones?

Bride and Groom at TreePeople Park Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

 

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.

Alexandria Martinez
October 30, 2017 at 10:58 pm

One of the last details that my fiance and I haven’t gone over is the wedding photographer. We are not sure where to start looking or how to go about finding a quality service. It is so helpful to read that the personality of the photographer will help us make our decision.

    Gabrielle Norton
    November 1, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Yes! Definitely make sure to schedule a time to chat on the phone or meet for coffee with your photographer. It’s important to love their work but also love their personality.

Hannah Neilson
January 9, 2018 at 5:35 am

I agree that you want to be sure that your personality matches your wedding photographer. Having someone you can get along with would lessen the stress of your big day. My sister needs a natural light photographer for her wedding because she is having it in our grandparent’s field. So when she looks for someone she’ll have to find out if she gets along with them well.

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 10, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Exactly! Some photographers are all about the details which is great, but personally I wanted my photographer to be all about the candid moments and be able to capture the whole experience so that was something to look for on my end!

Kayla
January 17, 2018 at 3:41 am

I didn’t know that it’s important to find someone that includes a second shooter. My sister will be married soon and she wants that day to be captured. My mom suggested having a professional photographer and shared this article with her.

    Gabrielle Norton
    January 17, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing Kayla! You know, there are some weddings that can get away with 1 main photographer but I personally always recommend a 2nd shooter. When the bride and the bridesmaids are getting ready in one room and the groom and groomsmen are in another one, it’s so nice to have 1 photographer with each group to make sure they get the special moments of everyone getting ready. Also, while the main photographer is capturing the ceremony, the 2nd shooter can go get detail shots of the reception. It helps keep things on time too!

Hannah Neilson
February 8, 2018 at 4:54 am

You make a great point when you mention that you need to consider the style of photography you want at your wedding. Looking through the photographer’s portfolio to get an idea of how they work would be really helpful as well. My sister is looking for a photographer for her wedding, so she’ll have to check their style first.

Kyle Wayne
February 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm

It really helped when you talked about finding out all the extra details before hiring a professional. My younger sister is getting married this spring and is looking to hire a wedding photographer. I’ll be sure to talk to her about learning all she can before hiring a professional.

    Gabrielle Norton
    February 13, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Thanks Kyle! Yes! I hope this helps her narrow down the options a little bit. There are just so many great photographers out there but there’s more to consider than just the pretty photos.

Jenna Hunter
April 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm

I appreciate your advice to find a wedding photographer that has plenty of open space to quickly get your photos back to you and doesn’t have a crammed schedule. That seems like an important aspect of choosing a photographer. You would want them to be attentive and be able to focus on your special day and not rush through editing because they are super busy.

    Gabrielle Norton
    May 4, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Totally! I think that goes for all wedding vendors. You don’t ever want to book someone who does so many weddings that they feel burnt out at the end of the year or don’t have enough quality time to dedicate to every client!

Lilia Robberts
June 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm

These five tips about finding a perfect photographer was great! The one thing that I found the most useful was finding someone who feels like my best friend. I didn’t think about that at first, but just as you said, they will be at my wedding 8 hours or perhaps more! I want someone who feels like my best friend! I will need to look more into specific wedding photographers.

    Gabrielle Norton
    June 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Exactly! Well you know, as a photographer, that you want to get along with your clients and be comfortable with them all day. It has to be a trusting relationship!

Sariah Meagle
August 28, 2018 at 7:40 am

My sister will be married this year and she wanted everything to be documented. It was explained here that when looking for a wedding photographer, she needs to schedule and budget everything. Moreover, it’s advisable to hire a professional as a wedding photographer.

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