So you’re getting married and looking for a wedding photographer? First of all – CONGRATULATIONS! This is where the fun begins! I know it’s also a teeny bit terrifying too. You’re now tasked with planning your big day and one of those is looking for an amazing wedding photographer.
So how do you go about choosing one? For me, I try and put myself into my future client’s shoes and I think about what I would want in a potential wedding photographer. Here are some of my tips on choosing the best photographer for you! (P.S These are things I always tell my clients when meeting them for the first time.)
LOVE their work!
When you hire a wedding photographer, you trust them to capture your most precious memories with their specific vision. Every single wedding photographer out there has their own style. How they capture people and events is different. I think any bride and groom would know instantly when they connect and resonate with a photographers work. Whether that be their editing style; how they use light; their depth of field in photos; their skill at capturing emotions etc. You’ll know when you spot someone’s style you love.
I find that nearly every bride and groom can always articulate to me what they love about my photography, and I really appreciate that every time because I have a very specific vision on how I want my wedding photos to look. My advice is don’t settle for anything less than what you absolutely love.
I think this one goes without saying … ask your friends who they used and what they loved about their wedding photographer. Your friends will also give it to you straight too … they won’t be shy in telling you what they loved and also didn’t love.
If you don’t have anyone to ask, that leads me to my next tip … reviews!
Jump on Facebook, Instagram and Google and check out their reviews. Do they have any? Are they positive and recent? For myself, I always read reviews before I book a service with a new company. I will also check out any negative reviews too and take an empathetic and logical approach if they have one or two. In my opinion, it’s how the company responds to a negative review that counts for me. If they’re fair and equitable and have responded kindly with a suggestion to rectify the issue, then that counts as a positive tick in my book. Take the time to read through them as I do believe reviews give a really good sense for how a company thrives.
LOVE their personality!
I have a stellar one! Ha-ha … just joshing with you.
Jokes aside, we live in an amazing diverse world and everyone has their own unique opinions, and it would be super silly to think that everyone loves everyone. Let’s face it – that just doesn’t happen on planet earth. What’s important here is that you find someone you naturally click with and can communicate your wants and needs.
Does your photographer listen to you? Are they comfortable with lots of people? (I personally think this is important for wedding photography). Can your photographer stay calm under pressure? Can they also create under pressure and adapt to any situation? (Think a sudden thunderstorm.) And can they get down and boogie on the dance floor with your guests? OK so that’s not quite as important, but you get the drift. 🙂
This is the person you’ll spend your big day with and there will be loads of communication before and after your wedding day. Find someone you adore!
Money, money, money!
When I think of how I want to present to future clients, I tend to think of it in a triangle. That is:
My work > my personality > their budget
Do I fit these three basic wants and needs? Can I show them what a kick-ass wedding photographer I am and then build on these three basics from there? How do I stand out from the crowd and make them want to book with me? Well I just keep these 3 things in mind.
One piece of advice I’d give to future brides and grooms is don’t skimp on what you want in your wedding photography. I can guarantee that you will not miss or think about your wedding photography investment 50 years from now when you look back at your beautiful wedding photos. I’ve been moved to tears many times when viewing professional wedding images from family and friends from decades ago. What I see are amazing memories etched in time from a professional photographer’s vision and heart.
That all said, I know too that it’s so important for some couples to stick to a budget and I totally get that. So my tip would be to keep those three basics in mind. Do you love their work? Do you like them as a person? Do they fit your budget? Tick, tick, tick. Narrow it down from there and I think you’re well on your way to picking your dream wedding photographer.