5 easy steps to choosing your wedding photographer
Choosing your wedding photographer can be a tricky and terrifying task. There is only one chance to capture your day the way envisioned and you’re only getting married once. You’ll be spending a lot of money before you even get to see the final product. Scary!
When I meet clients to talk about their photography needs, I try to put myself in their shoes. Whenever you need to spend large amounts of money for a service, it’s scary. When we redid our bathroom last year, we asked for recommendations and looked at websites to get an idea of what to expect, prices and styles. But one nagging thought was ‘what if it didn’t look the way we wanted it to look in the end?’ The worry of choosing the wrong supplier was daunting.
I can imagine the trepidation and fear couples must feel when approaching photographers. I’ve also heard a few horror stories where photographers haven’t delivered, leaving newlyweds disappointed or heartbroken.
I wanted to share a few tips with you from a photographer’s point of view to make this huge task a little less daunting.
While I would love to make this decision easy for you and say pick me, I’m not the wedding photographer for every couple. But, I can help you make the best decision for you and wanted to share a few things you need to think about when choosing your wedding photographer.
So how do you choose the best wedding photographer for you?
1. Know what you want from your wedding photography
Before you get lost down the rabbit hole of wedding photographer websites, think about the style of photography you like. Do you want posed photos? Think fashion magazine editorials. Or are you looking for something more documentary? Think candid and unposed. You’ll see this style of photography called many things including relaxed wedding photography, informal/candid wedding photography or documentary wedding photography. This is my preferred photography style.
Look through photographer’s websites. look at their social media feeds. You’re looking for consistency in their photography, not a few amazing images. What photos are important to you? Portraits, details, fun dan floor shots? Whatever is important to you, make sure your photographer can shoot these types of photos. How a photographer captures your wedding day will be reflected in the style of their photos.
2. Ask to view a full wedding of photos
To get a good sense of what your wedding photos will look like, you need to look beyond a curated gallery of the best photographers show on their website. You want to see how they capture the different aspects of a wedding day. Is their editing consistent? Do they shoot brightly coloured photos or something more light and airy or even dark and moody?
A photographer’s editing style feeds into our creativity so if they edit in a style you don’t like, keep on looking. It’s easier to find a photographer who captures and edits your photos in a way you love than asking a photographer to change their style.
3. Make sure that when you look at their photos, you feel something
You are hiring a creative with a specific eye. Their portfolio communicates their point of view and style. You want to resonate with how they see and capture the world around them. Especially relationships. If you feel something when you look through their work, you can be sure that you will love your photos too.
4. What do you want to do with your wedding photos?
Wedding photography is likely going to take a large part of your wedding budget so don’t leave your photos to languish on a memory stick.
Most photographers will deliver your photos via an online gallery. These galleries are often set up for you to share with friends and family. In some cases, they will also allow you to download.
Some photographers also offer albums, canvases or prints. While albums can sometimes be part of a wedding package, prints and canvases may not. Look at what a photographer is offering and make sure your budget can cover the extra items you may want to add later.
It’s more common than you think for couples who opted for a digital-only package to order a wedding album years after their wedding.
5. Make sure you like them as a person
Your wedding photographer is going to be around you and your favourite people for most of your day. You want to be comfortable with them but most of all trust them. If you don’t, it will show in your photos. Whenever you look back at your pictures, how they made you feel will be the first thing you remember. Not the fab day you had.
If you keep the above criteria in mind when searching for your photographer, you’re more than likely going to love the final results.
I’ve written a handy, free guide to help you choose the photographer for you as well as know what questions to ask them. Download this impartial guide that will walk you through the steps to choose your perfect wedding photographer.