Updated: May 19, 2022
How do you know who is the right photographer for you? Read below to find out.
How do you choose a professional photographer for your wedding?
1. Book your venue first.
One of the first things that you want to do before you search for a wedding photographer is to book your venue. In doing this you will know which date you will need them along with other vendors.
2. Look to your social network for recommendations.
Going on your Facebook groups or searching for photographers in your area on Instagram from other people you know will give you an insight on who has a good rapport. Getting referrals for a photographer shows that they are great to work with. Plus you can look at reviews on Google or whatever platform they are on. You can even get recommendations from recently married friends, wedding planners, or even the managers at the venue you chose.
3. Figure out the style of photography you like.
Do you like muted colors or photographs that are more saturated? Do you like classic posing and lighting or something more artsy and contemporary? These are the questions that you need to ask yourself when you are looking at what style you mostly like. You can also accomplish this by going on Google or Pinterest and saving what pictures you like most.
4. Interview photographers.
When you interview photographers you can always ask what their background is in photography. How long they have been doing weddings, what their portfolio looks like, or even if they have photographed at your venue or something similar.
5. Discuss the fees.
Ask what is exactly included if you were to book them for your wedding. Will there be prints, albums, or digital downloads included in the fees. Is there an hourly rate or flat fee. Also, will there be a fee for traveling to your ceremony and reception. Ask how much you have to pay upfront to hold your date and what kind of schedule they have for future payments and when they are due by. Will there be a second shooter or option for one if needed.
6. Go with your gut.
You'll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer you choose. Look at the recommendations, style, the fees, and if you generally would like to work with the person.
7. Schedule a test run.
If you are still on the fence about hiring your wedding photographer, you can always have a trial run and go on an engagement shoot with them. This may even make you more comfortable with you decision in choosing them. You will even learn in how they operate.
So these are a few things to help in searching for that "perfect" photographer for your wedding day.