He asked, you said yes, you booked your wedding venue and now it’s time to knock more vendors off the to-do list! With 10% of wedding budgets allocated to photographers and photographs being the only tangible keepsake to relive your wedding day for years to come, deciding on a wedding photographer is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly! Here are five factors to deeply consider when searching for a wedding photographer.
As you start planning your wedding, your wedding dress, venue, invitations, flowers, and reception details will all come together to create your ultimate wedding day vision. Are you thinking bright and airy, or dark, moody and bold? A classic black tie affair or laid back and rustic? You should select a wedding photographer who’s style of images is in line with your wedding day vision.
When narrowing down wedding photographers, be familiar with their work and style. Look through their website, blog, portfolio, Facebook page, or ask to see full wedding albums. Are their images how you envision your wedding photos? Do their photos take your breath away? Have you seen wedding photos of theirs from your friends? Do you have a pinterest board full of photos from other photographers that aren’t similar to the photographer’s work you’re looking at? After all the research and pouring over websites, make sure the wedding photographers you’ve narrowed down have styles that are similar to yours.
One of the first things you probably did at the start of wedding planning was establish a budget. Budgets will vary from couple to couple and with each line item, you should consider how much of a priority it is for you and your future spouse. If you personally don’t care for extravagant flowers or assembling hundreds of giveaways, then you will have more to spend elsewhere. Photos are one of the only tangible items you will have long after the wedding has passed. It is an investment that will last a lifetime and can be passed on generation after generation. If photos are a high priority in your life, make space for it in the wedding budget!
Photographers are one of the few vendors who will spend the entire wedding day with you, from the moment you get dressed, until you are rockin’ the dance floor. It’s important to know beforehand that you like each other! Before booking a wedding photographer, whether you emailed, talked on the phone, or met in person – did you get along easily? Did you click? Your wedding day will be the happiest day of your life. Make sure you are spending it with people you like!
4. Schedule a test run – the engagement session!
Engagement sessions are beneficial for many reasons. It gives you a chance to get to know your photographer on a personal and professional level and feel what it is like to be in front of the camera. It’s a great way to see if your personalities are a good fit. Afterwards you should be able to tell whether you liked the photographers’ working style, if you liked spending time together, and if you are in love with the final images.
5. Book early!
Make sure you inquire with potential photographers about your wedding date early, so you know whether to look into their associate team or move on with the search altogether in case they are unavailable. It would be so disappointing to go through the extensive vetting process and set your heart on one photographer, only to find out you waited too long and they are already booked. Many photographers cannot hold dates and after all your research and contemplating, you don’t want that effort to go to waste!
Hopefully these tips on how to choose a wedding photographer help in the wedding planning process. You only get one chance to document the happiest day of your life, we want you to be sure of your decision!
xoxo Michele & Andy
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