Top 3: How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer for You

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013

When it comes down to it NO ONE will play as big a part in your big day as your wedding photographer. They will be with you from start to end, capturing every smile, every tear and every special moment. Bottom line, it’s best to make sure that who you choose to play the all-important role of wedding photographer is someone you can feel good about. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision:

1) Do you connect?

Approach your first meeting with a wedding photographer as you would a relationship with a new friend. Listen to your instinct to feel out if you and your photographer are a right fit for each other.  A wedding photographer needs to be able to work well with you and with EVERYONE who plays a part in your wedding, not only capturing your big day, but keeping the wedding events on schedule too.

If there are some awkward moments when you meet your photographer, or if you feel uncomfortable around them in any way, they are probably not the best fit for you. Go ahead and be picky! This is YOUR day and your wedding photographer will be a major part of it. The more comfortable you feel around your photographer, the better your wedding pictures (and wedding day!) will turn out.

2) Do you like their work?

This seems all too obvious, but you MUST remember that while each photographer has his/her own style… so do you! The types of images a photographer captures are unique to their own personal preferences. You MUST make sure that your photographer captures your big day in a light that radiates nothing less than who YOU are.

If you tend toward more glamorous shots, then a photographer who uses a lot of natural lighting may not portray that well. The same goes for brides and grooms who are a bit more casual and low-key. You probably may not want a photographer setting up elaborate shots, asking you and your wedding crew to pose in ways you would have never considered.

Ask the photographer to show you photos from an ENTIRE wedding they shot – ESPECIALLY if they are new. Not only can you get to know the photographer’s style, but you can gauge how consistently they are taking quality photos. It’s very easy for some less-than-impressive photographers to show just a few of their greatest shots to clients, keeping some of the less attractive images hidden from you.

3) Are you getting the most bang for your buck?

We’ve all heard it a million times: you get what you pay for. This is SO important to remember when you’re choosing your wedding photographer. All photographers price their services differently, so you need to figure out what YOU want to get from the deal.

Consider some important questions: How much of the wedding are they willing to cover? Are they giving you the rights to the images so you can reprint them on your own? (If so, use caution! *LINK*) No one ever regrets spending good money on a great photographer.

This is YOUR big day; don’t settle for second best. When you find a photographer you feel comfortable with and whose style fits your own, you may find that your budget can adjust a little to accommodate the quality experience you’re going to get.

Local wedding photographer, Preston Palmer (Brovado Weddings) says, “I have seen brides cut corners on every part of their wedding… flowers, cake, food, decorations… so they could higher me, and I’ve never had a client regret it. They are always happy with their decision.”

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