Choosing your wedding photographer is, in my opinion, the most important decision of your wedding day. If you’re a couple who values wedding photography as a major part of your big day, you’ve likely been doing a lot of research on wedding photography. This little post is coming at you from a wedding photographer who is also engaged and just had to find her own photographer, so I totally understand what you’re going through! Here are some big things to think about when choosing the person who is going to document your best day ever.
Finding your perfect match
It’s more than loving their images, and it’s more than loving their prices. Wedding photographers spend the entirety of your wedding day with you and your significant other. Make sure you vibe with your photographer, so you’ll be able to let your guard down in front of the camera. It’ll allow you to really experience your wedding without feeling like there’s awkwardness between you and the person behind the camera. This should be your best day ever, make sure your photographer wants that too!
Make sure they’ve got experience
I’m talking years here. With Instagram being one of the main ways people find wedding photographers, photos in those little squares can be deceivingly beautiful. Ask your photographer how long they’ve been in business/how many weddings they’ve shot. Make sure to nicely ask to see full galleries from them, and view them with a critical eye. Wedding photography is not the easiest thing to do, and you wouldn’t want someone who doesn’t have the experience to miss a key moment in your day. There are certainly amazing photographers who are just starting out, but a professional with experience will deliver on your wedding day without a doubt.
Look for the moments
Your wedding photographer should also have a portfolio that’s full of moments that make you feel something. Your wedding day is full of messy, candid, beautiful moments that are never posed. You’ll want to make sure the same moments are beautifully captured on your own wedding day. If a photographer is only showing portraits of their couples, ask to see a full gallery so you can ensure they’re capturing the in-between as well.
“Let’s get crazy what the heck” – Bob Ross
The wise creator of The Joy of Painting says it best. Would you be willing to follow your photographer’s lead and get creative? Step out of your comfort zone and maybe get a little adventurous? Be sure to find out how your photographer shoots as far as location and direction, and decide if you’re willing to do this. If you hire a photographer who wants to take photos in the woods but you don’t want to get your outfits dirty or leave your wedding area, you’re not allowing that photographer to work to the best of their abilities and the result just won’t be what you’ve seen in their portfolio.
Will your photographer smile this big at your wedding?
Above is me at a real wedding after the ceremony, and even though it was a blizzard in January, I couldn’t have been happier to be part of the best day of their lives. This is my face at every wedding I photograph and it will be at yours, too! I believe so fiercely in the magic of your love. Weddings are seriously the best, no matter what you decide to do to celebrate. I’m always there for my couples to help with ideas, timeline planning, shot lists, decor, lighting, what beer they should have at their wedding, etc. I hope your next move is to venture over to my contact page so we can chat more about your amazing wedding plans, but even if it isn’t, you should have the best possible wedding photography experience with someone who is perfect for you. It is your wedding day, after all. Make it the best day ever.