How To Find Your Wedding Photographer
WHEN BEGINNING TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING THE FIRST THING MANY COUPLES LOOK FOR IS THEIR PHOTOGRAPHER
Whether it's someone to shoot your proposal, engagement session, or even bridal shower, photography plays such a large role in your wedding story from start to finish! Finding the right wedding photographer to capture your big day is no easy task- there are so many things to consider and so many people to look through- but we've narrowed down the top points on how to find your perfect fit.
Continue reading below for more information on how to find YOUR wedding photographer!
The first thing you'll see when searching for your wedding photographer will be their portfolio! Take a look through their work- weddings and engagements- and see if their photographic style resonates with you.
We'd categorize our work somewhere in between documentary and formal. We like to be as unobtrusive as possible, capturing organic and real moments as they happen before us, but being portrait photographers means that we also enjoy creating beautiful imagery with just the right light, just the right posture and just the right posing. We work with your comfort level and give as much direction as you need whether it be none at all or "turn this way and right look here" amount. While our photo style tends to be on the lighter side, we shoot to our environment; if it's a bright day your photos will reflect that, if there's a dramatic storm brewing behind you, you can bet we'll keep those details in too.
You have a lot on your mind, so don't be afraid to ask! A lot of photographers will have a Frequently Asked Questions section that can answer your questions right off the bat, but if you still have more don't hesitate to reach out! If a photographer doesn't have full wedding galleries posted on their website, or publicly accessible client reviews, ask to see them. Your photographer is someone who you're going to trust to capture one of the biggest days of your lives so you want to make sure you're comfortable and confident in your choice!
We always like to encourage couples to check out our blog posts because when we blog weddings we don't only share 10-20 of the best of the best photos of the day, we like to give people a whole overview so our wedding posts tend to feature 100+ photos. We absolutely love when we're chatting with people and they reference some of our other work, it means a lot to us that you've taken the time to look through our site!
Your wedding photographer is someone who you're going to be working with for more than 12 hours on your wedding day. They'll be shooting your engagement session, maybe even bridal shower or another pre-wedding event, and then when your day is over, they'll still be working with you after your wedding, so it's safe to say that you want to find someone who you genuinely enjoy.
When we first meet with clients we like to ensure that more than 1 person is there; generally the 2 people who go to the first meeting will end up being your wedding photographers. We also make sure that the same 2 people who will be photographing your wedding will also shoot your engagement photos- we want you to get to know us as much as possible (and vice versa) so that by the time your wedding roles around you're relaxed, comfortable, and we can give you the best photos possible!
BACK UP PLAN
It's difficult to know where someone will be or what will be happening a year or even a year and a half from now. People get sick, emergencies come up, and things happen- we're only human!- so it's important to know what your photographer's back up plan is incase they can't make it.
For us, we're lucky to be a team of 3! We always offer 2 photographers, and in case one of us gets sick (or breaks a leg: Ethan), there's always someone else ready to step in. If 2 of us are still unable to make it, there's still 1 more person who will be there for you! We all have photographed weddings, engagements, and events by ourselves and would never leave you high and dry on one of the biggest days of your lives. Ain't nobody got time for stress like that! On the incredibly rare occasion that for some death defying (knock on wood) reason that all 3 of us can’t make it: we’re apart of a large network of local photographers- filled with friends and peers- who we know we can call upon should we need to!
It's probably strange for this point to be on the bottom of the list as it's more than likely on the top of yours- we definitely understand that. Have you ever looked through your friends wedding photos? Your parents? Your grandparents, even? After your wedding is all set and done your photographs will be the only tangible memory of your wedding day that you'll be able to look back on months, years, and even generations later. Your decor will be taken down, clothing will be cleaned and put into storage, and your flowers will only last so long. You will have your photos forever. (You'll actually have photos of your decor and flowers) That means your wedding photography is an investment; you are investing in lifelong memories that you will share with your family and friends, and eventually even to pass onto your children and their children too.
LAST TIP: when you find your photographer, LET OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS KNOW YOU’VE BOOKED SOMEONE ELSE
We promise we won’t be offended or upset if you end up booking another photographer! We know that when we receive an inquiry you’ve probably reached out to a few other photographers and/or vendors at the same time, it makes plenty of sense for you to email a bunch of people at once, don’t worry! What we (and other photographers- we can vouch for this!) don’t like is ghosting. We take the time to follow up with the inquiries we receive and honestly we feel weird sometimes sending a third follow up email saying “just checking in again……………….”. Take just a quick second to respond to one of our follow ups and let us know that you booked someone else- we won’t bite!
Married couples: What was the most important aspect/thing/quality of your wedding photographer and photography that you looked for when you were searching?
Married-couples-to-be: Is there something else on this list that you're keeping an eye open for in your search? Share with us below!