How to Choose A Wedding Photographer You Won’t Regret
Call me biased, but I think hiring a photographer who is both very talented in capturing the love and atmosphere of your wedding and is someone you can get along with and trust is pretty important!
With all the planning that goes into creating one magical event, wanting to hire someone to capture your Big Day fully and professionally makes a lot of sense. A recent article on Brides talked about the biggest spending regrets of newlyweds, and the data shows that newlyweds wish they spent more money on their photographer.
Photographers appeared in the article’s data a lot – thankfully for all good things! Not only did newlyweds wish they spent more on their photos, many couples felt that photography was one of the top items they felt were most important during planning, and was an element that made their day “truly unforgettable.”
Since choosing your photographer is so important, I thought it would be a great idea to give engaged couples advice from the other side of the lens. Check out my tips for how to choose your wedding photographer!
3 Top Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
- Hire a photographer you click with
You will be spending a lot of time with your photographer during some very special moments. Make sure you hire someone that you click with so your joy and candidness will show through in your final photos. Jennifer Spector, Director of Brand and Newlywed-at-Large from Zola, a wedding registry and planning site, provided the data for the Brides article and stated, “Even if a photographer takes the most beautiful pictures, if you’re like, ‘get this person away from me,’ that’s going to have a negative impact on your photos.”
- Understand the services offered in each wedding package
I hear a lot of people complain about the cost of wedding photos. On the surface it seems like a photographer is making a lot of money for one day of work, right? However, if you consider your engagement shoot, the wedding day, editing and delivering the photos, plus all of the professional gear that produce such amazing results, you begin to understand that wedding photography is much more than one day of work. Many wedding packages include much more than just photo files — some include credit for printing, canvas prints, and more. Ask the photographer about all of the details included in their packages so you understand what you’re getting and paying for.
- Style above all else
When people talk about the photographer’s style, you’ll read about terms like photojournalism, traditionalism, portrait, etc. Instead of focusing on buzzwords, look through the photographer’s photos online and ask to see a complete wedding album. Do the photos speak to you? Are the photos shot in similar locations to your venue? Does the album tell a good story? If the photos make you feel all of the good feels and will work within the real-life context of your wedding, then follow your heart. Buzzwords can buzz off!