How do I choose a Wedding Photographer?
Having been a bride and helping others with weddings, I know how daunting it can be to think about how you narrow your results down to just one photographer or photography company to make record of your special day. You worry about so many things when planning a wedding that figuring out which photographer will give you a lifetime of memories can be overwhelming to say the least.
1. Know Your Budget: A lot people are quite surprised at the costs of a wedding photographer if they have never looked into one in the past.
- Finding that the investment can go well over a couple thousand dollars can create a bout of anxiety to say the least.
- Knowing what you are willing to pay for these services ahead of time will immediately help you narrow down your options for a wedding photographer.
2. Choose Your Style: Photography comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Are you the more glamor shot type of bride or the rustic natural groom? (This blog will focus on the different types of weddings and photographers in the posts to come, so stay tuned!)
Knowing the answer to these questions are key to finding the right photos to make a beautiful memoir of your blessed event. Matching your style with your photographer also helps with the ease in which the photos are taken. Personality clashes with a wedding photographer can sometimes make or break the day for many brides.
For this reason, I highly recommend meeting your photographer on a personal basis (online is ok but in person is even better). Many photographers will even offer “Free Engagement Sessions” as a way to get to know you and get you and your significant other used to being in front of the camera (a very important piece of recording those memories digitally). Although trends are fun and relevant to this day and time, I would caution you on looking for a photographer who is only talented in the most recent trend (like sepia toned images). Many times, trends are the result of a color template that was invented by a software developer and eventually it is used by everyone all over the web. Think about the type of photos you will be happy with when looking back 20, 30 or even 50 years or more from now. If you roll your eyes in the future, you may need to rethink about the style or photographer that you are considering.
3. Ask about Equipment: Interestingly enough, this particular important piece of the pie is often overlooked. People worry about the type of car they are going to arrive in at the wedding ceremony (limos, porches, horse drawn carriages) but seldom are deeply concerned about the equipment that will be recording their event. You will find that there are all sorts of “pseudo” photographers using their Canon Rebels to create memories. Now, I have nothing against Canon Rebels or Nikon department store cameras, however, they do have their limits and if there is one thing that is undoubtedly sure, it’s that wedding days have NO LIMITS. Someone advertising as a professional photographer should carry no less than two high quality cameras and a variety of different amounts of lenses. They should also have a mechanism or way to control lighting in the event that the unexpected happens, like when the lights at the reception hall are on the emergency battery. Making sure your photographer is the real deal must include a good discussion about their equipment and their “emergency” plan for when things surprise you, as they often do, at the ceremony or venue.