How To Choose A Wedding Photographer
Updated: Jan 31
You may be wondering to yourself; ‘is having a professional wedding photographer a big deal or is it even worth it?’, ‘can I not just pick the cheapest one?’, ‘do I even need to plan far ahead or can I just book a photographer a week before my wedding?’.
If any of these questions already have you unsure about how to proceed then don’t panic. You’ve come to the right place.
Finding your very own professional photographer should be at the top of your priority list and it should be one of the very first things you do! After you pick a date, of course. You might be thinking ‘Why?’ at this stage, which is completely understandable. It's not many times a person gets married so this may be your first time.
A photographer doesn’t just take photos, I mean, yes, they do. However, a photographer also captures every single moment that you may miss during your day, moments you might forget in the excitement and feelings that won’t last forever but you’ll be able to look back on them for years to come.
First things first. When choosing your photographer, it may seem obvious, but make sure you get to look through their past wedding photos, galleries and any professional images they took. Each photographer has their very own unique style of editing and you need to make sure you choose the right one for your personality and style.
Another obvious, yet important, tip is that you get to have a chat with the photographer. This could be over facetime, by phone or even in person. Your photographer is going to be spending your entire day with you and on a very special occasion so you need to be able to enjoy spending time with them and making sure that they are friendly and welcoming. You should try to get to know each other so it makes it easier to communicate on your big day.
Next, look on their page or even ask them about their prices so you can decide if your photographer is within your budget. Ask your photographer if there are any travel fees as well. You could be wanting to get married abroad or in a different city so it's always best to ask your photographer about any extra costs. Maybe they offer packages, deals or any discounts if you book more than one shoot? It's likely that your photographer offers engagement shoots and a pre wedding shoot to see if you connect with each other and see if you like their photographs.
Lastly, you may be wondering to yourself, ‘when shall I book in?’. On average a professional photographer could get booked up a year in advance or even more. So, if you’ve found the person for you then make sure to book as soon as you’ve decided on a date and a place. The earlier, the better. Key dates in the summer and weekends get booked up really quickly so if you have a specific date in mind then be sure to book in quickly.
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