Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is a very important decision. You are relying on them to capture once in a lifetime moments from one of the most important days in your life. They will be documenting your day in their style, essentially creating the art from your memories that you will look at and cherish for years to come. The pictures they take will become an extension of your wedding because as time goes by and memories fade, it’s the photographs you have that will spark your memories and be the doorway back to your wedding, for you and for your loved ones that you want to share your memories and experience with.
Here is my list of what I consider to be the most important things to consider when choosing a photographer:
1.Does the photographer’s work resonate with you? Look at their portfolio. Your photos will be different of course, but are you drawn in to what you see? If those pictures were of your wedding would you be happy?
2. Have you seen a full wedding that they have shot? (Or at least enough images from one wedding to get a feel for a full wedding day). You need to know that they are not just showing a few great shots they were able to get here and there from various weddings, but have the ability to steadfastly shoot well in all the various locations, moments and lighting conditions of an entire wedding day.
3. Do they have experience in other photographic and artistic disciplines? If so, that’s a bonus because that often means a broader vision artistically and greater level of skill.
4. Do you connect with them? You’ll be spending a lot of time working with your photography team before and during your wedding so you want to make sure you feel comfortable with them.
5. Do you have confidence in them? Trust is an important component for the advance planning and on the day of your wedding. On the day of your wedding you don’t want to be second guessing your photographer! You want to be able to completely trust them so you can be fully present in the moment and enjoy your day. You’ll get the best pictures if you are relaxed and reveling in the excitement of your wedding day, with no concerns.
6. Do their priorities match up with your own? Obviously you want to end up with beautiful photographs, but is your experience also a priority to your photographers? You want to be sure your photographer places importance on YOUR vision and your enjoyment of the day, instead of trying to dominate it. After all, your wedding is supposed to be an amazing experience you share as a couple with your friends and family, not an all day photo shoot! We know your wedding day is all about YOU!
7. Reviews – They can be a great source for giving you the inside scoop on other couple’s experiences and level of satisfaction with all the vendors you are considering.