Picture Perfect Day: How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
Wondering how to choose a wedding photographer who will match your style for the big day? This guide walks you through the steps to picking the right person.
Over 2 million couples get married every year. And all those couples want beautiful photos of their wedding to commemorate the date.
But if you don’t know how to choose a wedding photographer, you can end up with some disappointing wedding photos.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help walk you through the process. So keep reading below!
How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
Since you can’t see what you’re getting before you get it, choosing a wedding photographer is a delicate process. It takes time, and it requires some effort.
We’ve put together a guide of the basic steps you should follow when you’re hiring a photographer for your special day.
Find a Style You Like
Before you start looking into photographers, you have to find a style you like. Knowing what type of style you like will help you find the right photographer for your wedding day.
So spend some time flipping through photos online. Allow yourself to get inspired.
You might find you love a more classic style as opposed to sharp lifestyle photos. Or you might prefer a mix of the two. Once you know what you like, you can start searching for photographers that specialize in that style.
Research, Research, Research
The next step involves a lot of research.
After you find a few photographers you like, look them up on Google. Find their website and click through their Instagram page. Do they look professional? Are their photos high quality?
Make sure you read reviews of past clients. If a photographer you like doesn’t have promising reviews, you should take your business elsewhere.
Set up Several Interviews
Set up several interviews with your favorite photographers. Make sure you have at least two. You’ll want to have more than one option so you can pick and choose the best match for your special day.
And don’t be shy during these interviews. Ask a lot of questions.
Make sure they’re available for your wedding date. You should also talk to them about their prices and packages, their delivery time and process, and your rights to the photos. Comparing the different answers to these questions will help you find a photographer who fits your needs.
You should also get a feel for the photographer’s personality during the interview. If you can’t stand how they act, you might not want them around during your wedding.
Review Their Work
Even though you liked the photos you saw on their website or social media, you should still ask each photographer if you can review their work. If they hesitate to show you anything, that’s a warning flag. You might want to avoid working with them.
Ask if you can see a full wedding album.
Sometimes photographers will only show you their best photos. But by viewing a full album, you’ll get a better understanding of their style and their quality.
Hire Your Favorite
Once you do your research, set up your interviews, and review their work, it’s time to narrow down your choices and hire your favorite photographer.
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