One of the biggest decisions you’ll make while planning your wedding will be choosing a wedding photographer. After all, they will give you the memories that will physically last a lifetime. When deciding on which photographer to hire, there are several things to take into consideration.
Read below for tips on choosing your wedding photographer:
Make sure their style matches what you are interested in. Most importantly, you need to know that these photos will match the vision you have for your big day. Each wedding photographer has his or her own photography style. Will the photos have a darker organic vibe to them or a bright and colorful one? These are the right questions to ask when first researching your options.
Do their rates fit in your budget? This is another huge component to consider when picking your wedding photographer. It’s no secret that wedding pictures ain’t cheap. It can cost anywhere from $1,000 to nearly $10,000. Choose wisely! Read through their packages carefully to be sure you understand exactly what you get with the price option you select.
Ask about everything included (assistants, prints, digital copies, etc.). You want to be absolutely certain that you know what is included with the fee you have paid…and what is not. Will there be a second shooter? How long will they be there? When will I receive the photos? Try to ask these questions early so there is no surprise later.
Ensure that you carry on well with one another. Shocking we know, but you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on the day of your wedding. Well…as long as you want a large selection of photos to choose from, that is! It’s important that you feel at ease with each other.
Book early. This is important. Because most weddings can occur on the weekends, photographers’ calendars tend to book up quickly. If you have a short list of photographers you love, make sure to contact, interview, and book early!
Don’t hire close friends or family. Because your wedding photos hold important memories of your big day, it is better to keep this as a true business transaction. Doing so will eliminate any confusion and prevent any possible disagreements. Although certain family members may be coming from a good place when they offer to do your wedding photography, politely declining will allow all of you to enjoy your wedding day stress-free.
Hope these tips helped you out a little for picking a great wedding photographer! For more wedding advice, head on over to our blog!