Steps to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

December 10, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

On the web site BRIDES, author Heather Lee wrote an article outlining 7 simple steps to finding a wedding photographer. Her steps are listed and I have added my take on the steps for added information. These 7 steps are good advice and simple to follow.

  1. Book your venue first  - You will usually select the venue about a year in advance. Sometimes venues will suggest photographers that have shot weddings at their location, or that they know well. The venue owner is a good resource for other vendors.
  2. Hit up your social networks for recommendations - By now you have probably been saving pins on Pintrest since you first decided to get married, maybe even since you were young. Create a board of your likes for your photographer to look at. Use this board when interviewing photographers. A good photographer would love to see your ideas and your likes. Also, reach out to your friends, ask for their experiences and what to look for etc.
  3. Figure out the style of photography you like - Each photographer has a style. Some are traditional, some photo journalistic, some a combination. In addition, each photographer has a look about their photos. Some shoot with an edgier style using shadows and contrast, some have a softer more whimsical style. Look around figure out what you like.
  4. Interview photographers - This is where you will get to know your photographer. Ask to see specific shots, whole weddings, and even photos in the venue you chose if he/she has taken photos there.
  5. Discuss the fee - Find out what the quoted price includes. Some photographers provide photo books and other items with certain packages. Some photographers do not. If a photographer prices are higher than others, that might mean you get more included and wont have to purchase items after the fact. Ask about add-ons, whats included, and extra time. Adding an extra hour of time might get you more of what you want without paying for a higher priced package.
  6. Go with your gut - After you have narrowed it down to a couple of photographers go with your gut. Your photographer has to make you feel comfortable. Your day will be a busy one and you must feel confidant that all will go well with the pictures. You should "know" you have made the right choice.
  7. Schedule a test run - Scheduling an engagement session is a good way to get to know the photographer. Get to know his/her style, how he/she works. If not an engagement session, maybe ask for a quick mini session to get a few pictures of you and your otehr half, or maybe just a few pics with you and your pet. Either way, consider this the same step as test driving a car before you buy it. You can always say no.

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