I’m known for capturing those didn’t-know-you-were-there shots and busting a move on the dance floor just to get those perfect candids. I also work with you to ensure we incorporate your style and story into your engagement and wedding photos!
Lately I’ve noticed some trends with couples who are in the midst of choosing their wedding photographer: They don’t want to spend much money, they only look for who is the most affordable, and who’s available; but mostly has to be in their budget. Well today’s Bridal Banter is all about what you should consider when choosing your photographer for your big day.
#1) Do you like their style?
If you are looking for a photographer who has more of a moody feel to their work and you want bright and airy- don’t hire them. If you want someone who is mostly candid and artistic posing styles and you want only posed photos- don’t hire them. It is SO important to hire a photographer who’s shooting and editing style you actually like. You are going to be spending your whole wedding day smiling and looking at the camera when not interacting with your gusts so you are going to want to know that you’ll like your images after your wedding day. Check out their work, their social media, website, etc, and see if their work is consistent. Fall in love with how they capture their couples and see if that’s something you’d like for your own images.
I don’t recommend spending your entire savings on a wedding photographer, but I wouldn’t go cheap on one. These are your wedding day memories that are going to last the rest of your life. Would you want some kid who just purchased a ‘mom camera’ to be taking your precious images? There has to be, in my opinion, a wide enough budget that works for you and your significant other, but also leaves you knowing you’re in the right photographers hands. You want to feel confident and have peace of mind when it comes to your photographer. You shouldn’t have to worry about what they are capturing or how they are capturing; you have enough to worry about that day. Most of the times, these worry-free photographers are going to be a little pricy. One thing I want the world to understand is that wedding photography is hard! We have to be on our feet all day, shooting, making people smile, staying hydrated, coordinating everyone, keeping schedule, making sure the bride and groom are happy and also hydrated, making sure we are getting/ capturing everything the couple wants, and the list goes on and on. Maybe I’m a little bias because I am a wedding photographer, but I would choose a professional photographer who knows what they are doing and hire a photographer that is within the $1.5-3k range. I know that sounds scary and expensive, but you’ll thank them later. It’s worth the investment and you’ll be happy with your photos guaranteed.
#3) Do you get along with them?
If your personalities don’t really click with you and your photographer, maybe they are not the right one for your day. You’ll be spending your whole day with them and if you don’t get along or think they don’t care about you, then maybe you need to not hire them. Having a friendship or a relationship with your photographer is huge. And the key to any good relationship is communication. Make sure your photographer is communicating with you when things change, if you want the schedule a certain way, if you end up not wanting a ‘first look’, etc.
Side story- I worked in a cubicle corporate job and hated it. I was treated like a number and didn’t really matter to the company, my team, my supervisor, nothing. It felt awful and it was really depressing. From then on, I realized how important it is to recognize people and to care more. So with my clients, I am always in communication with them, I let them know anything that goes on, and I actually ask them about their wedding plans. I’m not a photographer who only cares about how I’m getting paid, no, I do this because I love weddings and I love photography. Yes, I have to make a living, but thats not the main reason why I do what I do.
Find a photographer like that. Someone who cares enough to get to know you, to share your love story in their blog posts, to be there for you when wedding planning is stressful lol
So I hope today’s blog post was helpful for anyone who is in the process of finding the right wedding photographer for them. The process shouldn’t be stressful, it should be easy and light. 🙂
Happy Wednesday, friends! Stay tuned for next week with another dose of SJ’s Bridal Bantering madness! Muahahaha!
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