Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most fun parts of planning your big day, but it can be stressful if you don’t know what to look for.
The right photographer will be able to capture your love and the happiness of your guests for years to come, so it’s worth taking the time to find someone who makes you feel comfortable and who has a good eye for catching special moments.
Choosing a wedding photographer can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider, and we want to make sure we’re getting the best person to capture our big day. We’ve compiled a list of guidelines to help us choose.
Here are some things to consider as you review photographers’ portfolios and websites:
The Experience Factor
These days, anyone can get a digital camera and call themselves a professional photographer. Look for someone with experience shooting weddings, families, children, or other events similar to yours. Don’t be afraid to ask about their past jobs and how they would approach your wedding.
A Personal Touch
The right photographer will put you at ease during the shoot, which is especially important during those shots on the fly. You want to look like yourselves and not have that deer-in-the-headlights look. A great photographer should be able to help guide the natural flow of the event by getting people into a good mood before and after formal photos are taken.
Look through their portfolio or website gallery. Can you see any common themes?
Get a general idea of what your photography style preference is. Do you like fun and colorful images, or more classic and timeless? Are you looking for classic, formal photos with everyone looking into the camera? Or do you want more candid photos of guests dancing and playing around? Do you want lots of candids that show the atmosphere of the day, or are you more interested in individual portraits of everyone involved? Do you want a mixture of posed and candid shots with each other and with guests?
When choosing your wedding photographer, it’s important to ask yourself these questions first (and don’t forget to also think about how your photographer will be able to handle whatever kind of weather conditions might come up). It’s also helpful to look at some sample albums from photographers whose work appeals to you—you’ll be able to see their style in action and know that they can do what you’re looking for at your event.