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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.  When looking for your photographer, here are some things to consider that will help find the perfect one for you.

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 20,30,40 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. 

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.  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?” 

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.

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 an experience for you?  In those moments when things are high stress, will they go out of their way to bring back a positive energy?  Will they go the extra mile to ensure they get those authentic, candid, true moments between the two of you?  You will easily see the difference in someone who does this because they freaking love what they do.