how to choose your wedding photographer
The photographs from your wedding day will be one of your most treasured keepsakes. You will immediately want to share them with your loved ones and the world once you get them back. Every anniversary or 50 years from now, you will be able to relive your day vividly. You will be reminiscing on your vows, the kiss, the first dance, and what made your day special for the two of you. Choosing the right photographer to capture those poignant moments is an important decision. It is essential finding; a professional wedding photographer who understands your vision and can document it with a style you love. You also want someone you connect with, trust, and feel comfortable with because this person will be by your side the entire day. Here are some of my recommendations on how to choose your wedding photographer
book your venue first
After you secure your venue, the next ideal vendor you want to hire is your photographer and videographer. Photographers tend to book a year to two years out for weddings and elopements.
Ask friends and family who have been recently married whose wedding photos they loved. Don't be afraid to join FB groups and ask for recommendations from brides or ask your wedding planner for their preferred vendor list.
figure out what style of photography you like
It is so important to find out what style of photography you like. For example, are you into moody imagery, or are you looking for a light and airy feel to your images?
Set up consultations with the photographers you are considering. This gives you an opportunity to get to know the person behind the images you love. I believe connecting with your photographer is so important because this is a person who will be with you for 6+ hours on one of the most sacred times of your life.
discuss investment & fees
During your consultation your should discuss the wedding collections, traveling fees, and whats included in the package you are considering. Photographers typically do require a non-refundable retainer to secure and hold your date.
go with your instinct
Once you have met with the photographer's you are considering, and narrowed down your options, and then it is time to make the big decision. Don't forget that you are going to spend the entire day with this person, so you want to make sure this is someone who you feel comfortable with. Think of the things that drew you into that persons work and what did you like about your consultation. Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing the right photographer for you...Did the photographer make you feel heard and seen? Did the photographer get to know more about your love story?