If you’ve just gotten engaged (or think you’re going to soon!), you might be wondering how to choose a wedding photographer. With so many different options out there, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. With years of experience being a wedding photographer myself, I’ve put together a list of things that should help you make the right decision for you and your partner!
How to choose a wedding photographer - Budget
With price ranges varying between photographers, it’s important to have some sort of budget in mind. High quality wedding photography is most likely going to cost you between $3K and $6K, so I would recommend planning for that! If you’re able to have wiggle room in your budget, then you’ll have more options when it comes to photographers. And remember - when it comes to wedding photography, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is usually true. If you want a photographer, with tons of experience with weddings, posing, and lighting, you’re going to have to pay more than you would for someone who has much less experience.
How to choose a wedding photographer - Personality
You might not think about it this way - but your photographer is your only vendor that will be all up in your grill for your entire wedding day. With that being said, I’m sure you’ll want someone who you vibe with personality-wise! Take a look at different photographer’s Instagram profiles (mine is right here!) to see if you can get a sense of what sets them apart from everyone else. And if you can’t get a good read from their IG, ask to set up a Zoom date! Or if you’re local to each other, you can grab lunch/coffee sometime as well. Whatever gives you the opportunity to get to know them a little better!
How to choose a wedding photographer - Turnaround times
When figuring out how to choose a wedding photographer, turnaround times (or how soon your wedding photos will be delivered) might be something that slips your mind. Personally, my turnaround time for weddings is less than a month. However, some photographers can take up to 6 months to deliver the final gallery. While you’re on the topic, ask how they deliver images as well. Do they use an online gallery system? What are your usage rights for the photos? Do they offer prints or albums? All of these are important questions to ask!
Pro Tip - Don’t forget to ask if you have the option to add a second shooter to your package if that’s something you’re interested in.
How to choose a wedding photographer - Comfortability
Like I mentioned earlier, your photographer is gonna be with you pretty much at all times on your wedding day. If you are able to relax and be yourself around them, it will be much easier to capture real happiness in the photos, and they won’t look forced. If you’re having a good time during the session, the photos will turn out way better. Again, the only way you’ll be able to figure out if you’re comfortable around them or not is by chatting with them on the phone or in person.
How to choose a wedding photographer - Communication
Having good communication is a KEY factor when figuring out how to choose a wedding photographer. If your photographer doesn’t have good communication, you’re going to be left feeling frustrated with the entire experience. Of course, all business owners have a lot on their plate, and emergencies can come up at any time. But when you inquire, how soon do they answer your inquiry? If something has come up and they’re going to be delayed in answering emails, do they communicate that to you via email, text, or Instagram? The first few interactions with your photographer can be very telling as to what the experience with them is going to be like.
Are you ready to book your dream wedding photographer?
'Cause I'm ready to work with you! If you'd like to inquire and see if I have your date available, you can fill out my contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. And if you'd like to see more of my work, you can check out my portfolio. Can't wait to chat with you!