Choosing a wedding photographer can be overwhelming. It will be one of the most important decisions you make during the planning process (after choosing the groom and the date that is!). In a sea of options how do you settle on one? When you find a photographer you love, where do you go from there? Everyone wants amazing images, right? Well read on! I’ll help you know what to look for to land the wedding photographer of your dreams!
Do your homework. Look at various styles and find one that speaks to you. Use the internet (thank the good Lord for Pinterest!) and other local resources to narrow that down to photographers in your general area. Don’t fret if the one you love isn’t local, most photographers will travel! Ask your friends. Your married friends have been through this and may have a great recommendation for you that matches your vision perfectly.
Prepare questions and reach out. Set up a meeting (video chat if in person isn’t an option), and talk it out. Look for a full service photographer- that means someone who will consult and assist in every part of your day and beyond, including providing options for high quality, archival products for your completed images. Printing your images is ridiculously important, so make sure you put your hands on all the gorgeous products your photographer has to offer. Don’t be scared to ask questions during your time together. Ask to see that Photography Agreement and look at all the “fine print”; get clarification on any policies that aren’t clear to you. I promise that not a single one of us will be insulted! Knowing what to expect from your photographer is vital. Most importantly, ask to see a completed wedding gallery. Similar to looking at someone’s Instagram account; it’s so easy to present a highlight reel, but when making a big decision for your wedding you need to see it all.
Work with your photographer before the wedding. Once you have your photographer secured it’s important to schedule your Engagement Session (yes, even if you have done one already!). This is a huge opportunity to get to know your photographer and for them to get to know you better. Your session will help you lose that stage fright in front of the lens, and learn how your photographer works, poses, and communicates. This also gives you an idea of what to expect on your wedding day. Bonus points for feeling more comfortable around your photographer and that big, scary camera of theirs! When you are relaxed it truly shows in your photos and creates emotional and authentic images. During my sessions we laugh a lot (mostly at my awkwardness), and legit have a great time hanging out.
Keep your photographer in the loop. Chances are your wedding photographer will already ask, but make sure you put them in touch with your wedding planner other vendors. Is there a list of specific “do’s and don’ts” or requests from your wedding venue? Photographers need that info too! Your photographer will need to know your overall timeline, important people that are involved in your day, and what moments are most important to you. It’s also good to check with your photographer before you (or your wedding planner) set up a timeline. Ask them how much time they’d ideally like for your formals (both before and after the wedding) and try to work with them on including it. If you have a specific timeline with no wiggle room let them know that too! Your photographer can help you prioritize and plan your photography to help tell a cohesive story while including all your most favorite moments. If anything changes, don’t hesitate to reach out to them, communication is so soooo important!
The main goal of your wedding photographer is to move about your day seamlessly to tell your own brand of love story. Finding your tribe is priority! Working with a prepared and experienced photographer will help you have authentic and beautiful images from your day while having an incredible time. After the wedding day excitement is gone and you fall into the rhythm of married life it will be so crucial to have this amazing experience preserved for lifetimes.
If you’re recently engaged and still on the prowl for your photographer, let’s chat! I love telling stories and would be honored to a part of yours. Go ahead, check out some more of my work and shoot me a message at KristinDeavers.com ❤