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What to Consider When Looking for your Photographer

You’re just engaged (!!!) & it’s time for the wedding planning to begin to unfold. The vendors you’ll want to lock in early is your venue, planner, and photographer.  These are the vendors that go quick if your wedding is during peak wedding season (spring & fall), so you’ll need to act fast.  In this post we will be breaking down some key things to consider before locking in your wedding photographer. To get them locked in ASAP, but also ensuring they are the best for YOU, you’ll need to do some soul searching from within. We have worked through some crucial things to consider that will help you narrow down your options in your vendors and get you someone that seems to be made for you & you day!

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

A professional costs money.  Now how much depends on a number of things – the cost of doing business where your photographer is located, their experience, and what they offer in their work. To put it bluntly, you have to consider how important your wedding day is to you.  How do you want to feel when you look back on your photos 30+ years from now?  You pay top dollar for these services because they continue to deliver long after your wedding has passed.  Can you put a price on that?

WHAT IS THE STYLE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

There are sooo many photography styles out there. Are you looking for bright & airy, vibrant & moody, dark & moody, true to color?  Check out all the styles that are out there and see what speaks to you most. You can do this through Google and Instagram (I find these two platforms to deliver the most in terms of results). Start by looking at local photographers in your area!

KNOW YOUR EXPECTATIONS

The key in finding the right photographer for you is to be clear on your expectations and what you’re looking for in your images.  Do you like more posed or candid?  This question alone will land you with two different photographers.  A candid photographer will provide you with prompts to get you moving, laughing, and being your true self to allow for those authentic moments, without even feeling like its forced.  Examples of prompts would be, “whisper in your partners ears the ABCs in a funny voice,” “Close your eyes and reflect on your years together, can you tell me one of your fondest memories with your partner?” 

Someone who works with more posed direction will tell you exactly how to stand and how to look. While this is great, I feel it only addresses one portion of direction a photographer should delegate in a session. You know how to pose, but you can see that the smile they told you to do doesn’t reach your eyes. It’s your generic smile you give for any photo. You are getting married to your person and are celebrating that time in your life – I’m trying to see that REAL smile that you show when someone really gets you laughing – the smile that you can see in your eyes too. Finding a photographer that gives you prompts AND posed direction will deliver just that in your photos!

BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT

Voice what you find to be the most important moments on your day that you want documented.  Is there something unique happening at your wedding that you want to be sure is incorporated?  Tell your photographer everything! They’ll make it happen. Is someone in your family making the trip from across the country that you don’t see very often, and you want to be sure that moments with them are noticed? Point out this person to your photographer so they know to keep an eye on them during the day.

Maybe you don’t like black and white photos, have an insecurity you want them to be aware of, or you really don’t like PDA in front of certain family members. We are here for YOU and want you to feel comfortable.

SERVICE OR EXPERIENCE?

Is this strictly business for you?  Are you just looking for someone to show up, do what they need to do, & go?  Or are you looking for someone who will make this a total experience for you?  In those moments when things are high stress, will they go out of their way to bring back a positive energy?  You will easily see the difference in someone who does this because they freaking love what they do.