August 7, 2019
When it comes to finding a photographer for your wedding day, there are lots of things you should consider. This is an important day of your life, obviously, and you want to make sure you can fully trust the person you put in charge of documenting it.
First of all, start by searching for wedding photographers on Google, Facebook, and Instagram. See what you can find in your area. However there’s a lot more to finding the perfect photographer for YOU than this!
Ask your friends who they had for their wedding day and what they loved about them. Ask them if there’s anything they would change or do differently. Would they invest more? Would they have more down time before the ceremony? What aspects of the wedding day did they wish their photographer captured more of? It’s amazing the perspective a past bride has, so be sure to ask them!
Think about the things on your wedding day that are most important to you. Is it tons of epic bride and groom portraits? Is it lots of candid photos of those unposed, genuine moments? Is it fun, dancing shots at the end of the night? Whatever that may be, look for photographers that are really talented at that specific thing. Some photographers take epic and crazy dance floor shots, while some can create the most breathtaking portraits you’ll ever see. For us on our wedding day, bride and groom portraits were the most important to us, so that’s what we looked for.
What kind of editing style do you like? Bright? Moody? Natural? Film-y? Fresh? Light? What kind emotion in images do you like best? Do you love the serious and moody style, or are you drawn to a joyful style? I think these two questions play into both your personalities and what your relationship is like.
Find someone that you can relate to, someone that you have a lot in common with. Find someone that you feel you could actually be friends with in real life. Find someone that you trust, someone that you love following along with on social media, and someone that is truly interested in getting to know you personally. Find someone that you could actually be excited about spending your entire wedding day with. As a photographer, shooting a wedding is not just another job to us. It’s not like the normal “clock in, clock out” kind of work. If you find the right one, they should be invested in you, in your relationship, how your wedding day plays out, and they’ll always have your best interest in mind.
When all of these things come together, you’ll find that you’ll love your wedding photography experience even more than you expected. Not every photographer will be a good fit for you and your fiancé, and that’s okay.