Choosing the perfect wedding photographer is no easy task. With an endless list of photographers who are always posting the prettiest of pictures, with so many different photography styles, it can feel like finding that one photographer who will perfectly capture your day is nearly impossible. Your wedding pictures are the photographs that you will be looking at for the rest of your lives in order to remember your wedding day, so you want to make sure they are just right. Talk about pressure! In order to take some of that (unneeded) stress away, I want to share with you the 4 Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Photographer. Your engagement should be fun and stress-free and I want to help make it that way with these useful tips!
1. Love their pictures: It may seem like a no-brainer, but this is your first step. Starting your search can seem daunting, but just take it slow. Use your resources to come up with a starting list of photographers to check out. You can start by Googling, asking friends for recommendations, and searching on Facebook and Instagram. Go through and write down any photographer whose style you love. Do their pictures captivate you? Are their pictures similar to what you were thinking for your own? If yes, then move them on to step #2!
2. Love their style: I know that if I went through all of the wedding photographers I follow on Social Media and wrote down my favorites, my list would be long and diverse. From soft and airy to dark and dramatic – I am in love with it all. It is important to keep in mind that these pictures are a representation of the two of you as a couple.
I do believe that all couples are “romantic”, but romance is shown differently from couple to couple. If you are playful and super sweet with each other, you might want a photographer who has cute, playful pictures in their portfolio. If you are a more intense couple, you will want a photographer who you think will illustrate this best. In addition to this, you need to make sure their style matches the style of your wedding. For example: If your dream is a whimsical, colorful garden wedding, the photographer who specializes in black and white or dark, moody images may not be the best fit for you.
3. Love their personality: I will go ahead and say that this is hands-down the most important step. You will likely spend more time with your wedding photographer than you will any other person on your wedding day-especially if you are the bride. It is incredibly important to love your photographer and feel comfortable with them. If they make you feel self-conscious or stressed, this is going to show in your photographs and we certainly do not want that! Feeling comfortable with them will also help you communicate effectively not only on your wedding day, but the months leading up to it too.
4. Love their collections: Make a list of what you are hoping for as a result of your wedding pictures. Do you want a flash drive of your digital images? Do you want a beautiful album, special keepsake items, and a canvas? Write it all down and communicate your list to any photographer you meet with. If you dream of having a high-end album, you need to make sure that is something your photographer offers! And by knowing what you want to get from the photographer will help make communicating about packages much easier!
By having a good idea about what type of styles and collections fit your needs, it will help you make the decision on the best photographer for you! One that will fit your personality and give you those life-long photographs that you can share with your husband for the rest of your days. If you are currently searching for a wedding photographer and want to discuss your options more, feel free to reach out to me by clicking here. I look forward to hearing from you!
Photography: Jamie Reinhart Photography