Wedding Planning Tips - How to Choose A Photographer?
So you are engaged (CONGRATS) and so the wedding planning begins! You've probably got an idea of when and where you want to get married and now you need to pick a wedding photographer. With SO many options out there, how do you choose? This post will walk you through making that decision a little easier.
one. Consider the Final Result
It sounds simple, right? But we are going to think end goals before we ever begin. Picture your photos in an album 10 years from now, the ones you put on your wall in your home, and the ones you want to share with your family and friends on social media. Is there a certain posing style or editing style you are imagining? A feeling that you get when looking back on the photos? Keep this in mind when looking for a photographer - make sure their photos tick the boxes of how you want to feel when you remember your day.
two. Posing + Editing
Do you want guidance for how to pose on your wedding day for your formal photos? Do you envision your photos to look traditional or eclectic? If you like posing that looks like it belongs in a magazine, you probably lean towards editorial style. If you want traditional posing, you probably lean that way. Do you want super bright editing that shows bold colors, or do you like something a bit more vintage + timeless? Do you like moody photos or really light ones?
Three. Budget + Priorities
Now you have a clear vision of your wedding photos it's time to talk budget. There are a lot of options when it comes to photographers and they are priced according to the experience, equipment they carry, and time and care they provide you and your wedding photos. Real talk, weddings are expensive. How important are the photos you are going to look back on? A beginner photographer might be cheaper but may miss details that you thoughtfully put into your day (and let's be honest paid for). If you simply want to live in the moment and don't have too much preference of how your wedding photos turn out - you have the green light to hire whoever you want. If you want to make sure your day is carefully documented and given back to you with all the feels - make sure you choose a wedding photographer that can do that for you + prioritize this accordingly when budgeting.
When you look at a photographer's work, can you see yourself in their work? How do their photos make you feel? Be sure to check our their Instagram, website and blog posts to see their previous work. If you like someone's photography and it sticks out to you, even if you can't quite put your finger on it, chances are you like their art and they would be a good choice to move forward with. You should feel excitement when you are filling out that inquiry form baby.
You've found your preferred style and have browsed through photographers + their portfolios - now it's time to make the connection! Send over an inquiry via their website and provide as many details as possible about your day and why you love their photography. This will help them make sure they are available for your wedding date, location, and that your style matches their approach. Pay attention to how they make you feel when they respond to your inquiry. Do they offer a consultation to answer your questions? Do you feel like you connect on a personal level? You want to feel comfortable with your photographer because they are going to be behind the scenes with you on very intimate moments of your big day. Booking an engagement session with your photographer is another great way to break the ice and get to know each other before your wedding day.
Meet the Photographer
What's your favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite part of the wedding day is creating a fun and special moment for my couples whether that is during golden hour portraits or sneaking off during the reception for some steamy hotel photos of just the two of you. I like creating an opportunity for just the two of you to enjoy something special.