Are you a bride or groom who values photography? The task of choosing a wedding photographer can be a bit terrifying. After all, there are no do-overs. You’ll only get married once, so you’ll only have one shot to choose a photographer. It is quite a large investment and you’re putting all your eggs in one basket without being able to see the final product in advance. I try to put myself in my clients’ shoes when I meet with them to talk about their photography needs. I can only imagine the fear and trepidation that couples must feel who are approaching completely unfamiliar photographers.
From a photographer’s point of view – I thought I’d share a few tips on making this big decision of choosing your wedding photographer. I know it may seem that I’m a little biased, but I honestly don’t think every bride out there is right for me or me for them. So how do you choose the best wedding photographer for you?
Three simple pieces of advice:
Make sure that when you view their photos, you FEEL something.
Hire an artist with a specific eye and heart. Wedding photographers curate their portfolio to communicate their personal photography style and point of view. You want to resonate with how they see and capture the world around them – specifically relationships. Feeling something when you look through their portfolio of a bunch of strangers’ wedding photos, guarantees you will love your own photos all the more!
Ask to view an entire wedding worth of photos – the proof.
Any photographer can show a slideshow of their best 50 photos and impress. However, that won’t give you a good sense for what your wedding photos will look like. You’ll want to make sure the photographer has good quality photos throughout the course of a wedding.
Make sure you like them as a person.
Whoever you choose to be your photographer is going to be around you and your family for many hours on the best day of your life. You want to feel comfortable with them and most of all, be able to TRUST them.
If you choose your wedding photographer based on the above criteria moreover then price, you GREATLY increase the chances of being thrilled with the result of this once-in-a-lifetime decision.