You’re engaged, you’ve booked your dream wedding venue, and maybe you’ve even found the perfect wedding dress. What’s next? It’s time for you to find your perfect wedding photographer.
Maybe you’ve had your sights set on a certain photographer for a while. You’ve followed them on Instagram and Pinterest since before you even met your fiancé, and you know you HAVE to have them photograph your wedding. Or maybe you haven’t really thought about it much, and were just hoping your friends could pass along a good recommendation. No matter where your thoughts and opinions about wedding photography are, there are a few things to consider before you book.
1. Consider Style
It might seem like an obvious thing to think about, but making sure you like a photographer’s style of work is extremely important. Do you like classic, bright photos with a lot of color, or do you prefer more dramatic shots? Go through the photographer’s website, and really look at their previous work. Make sure it’s a style that you’d like for your wedding pictures. Most photographers work very hard to keep their work consistent, so don’t expect them to produce photos for you that don’t match their portfolio.
2. Think About What Relationship You Want With Your Photographer
This question is probably a bit less obvious, but just as important. Wedding photographers are all different when it comes to this point, and you should consider what’s best for you and your fiancé. Do you want your photographer to be someone you’re going to have a friendship with for years to come, or would you rather have a strictly business relationship? You can find a photographer that will fit what you want, but things will be awkward if you and your photographer don’t have the same expectations.
3. Think About How Much Time You’ll Spend With Your Photographer
This kind of goes hand in hand with the last point, and is definitely something you need to think about. You will most likely spend more time with your photographer on your wedding day than the person you’re marrying, which means it’s so important that your photographer is someone you get along with. Don’t overlook how big a part of your day your photographer will be!
4. Look At Some Albums
Your wedding album will be what you show to your friends, children, and grandchildren for years and years to come, so make sure you get a chance to look at your photographers physical albums. Notice how the pictures look in print, and pay attention to the design layouts. This is the kind of work your photographer will be providing for you.
5. Meet in Person
No matter what, make sure you meet with your potential photographer in person. The best way to answer these questions is by interacting in person. Don’t be afraid to meet with multiple photographers and figure out who would be the best fit for you. After all, you’ve already picked the most important person to spend your wedding day with!