How to find the right wedding photographer

February 24, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

A wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your big day!  However, what should you look for in a photographer or better yet how do you find the right wedding photographer.  What should you look for in a wedding photographer? 

When to should you Book your Wedding Photographer

The sooner the better. I advise to book your wedding photographer as soon as you secure a wedding date and venue. Many photographers, myself included, take on a limited number of weddings each year.  As a rule of thumb, about a 8 months to a year in advance of your wedding date is a good timeline.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Wedding Photographer?

As with all wedding vendors, the cost of a wedding photographer will vary. The investment will be based on the photographer's experience, location, the wedding destination (which may or may not include travel costs) and different packages they may offer. Some Photographers may offer prints or digital images, pre-wedding engagement photos as well. To give you a ballpark number though, Bailey says for an experienced, professional photographer, couples can expect to spend at least $6,000. However, the Knot says that the average wedding photography cost in the U.S. is $2,500.  Though, we cater to budget friendly couples.  Our average wedding package is $1200.

What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

Finding your dream wedding photographer becomes a whole lot easier when you know what to look for. According to the pros, there are two main factors that should help drive your decision: the photographer's style and how you get along with them.  I highly recommend getting a photographer that includes an engagement session.  This way you can get to know your photographer and their style.

You first want to make sure you connect with your photographer.  If you don't like them, you will not your images.  It is a true collaboration.  The photographer wants to get to know the couple as well.  What style do they like, are there poses that they're not comfortable with, etc.

Also, their style is important.  If they do just black and white, but you want color, that obvious a style you do not want.

Hire someone that puts you at ease.

How to Hire a Wedding Photographer

Now that you know what to look for in a wedding photographer, next comes actually hiring a wedding photographer. The exact process may look different depending on how the photographer operates, but generally, here are the steps you can expect to take.

Reach out via their website.

Once you know your wedding date, The first step is to reach out to the photographer via their contact information from their website, or message them via social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc) to see if your date is available.  If it is, then set up a time to talk with them.

Set up a time to chat.

This is essential to the hiring process. This is will give you the opportunity to feel them out and get your first impression of them.   Remember, ensuring you get along well with the photographer is one of the most important things to look for.

Share wedding details.

Make sure you tell them all of the details of the day.  Try to be transparent as possible.  The photographer is feeling you out as well, to ensure they're a good fit for you as well.  Go ahead and tell them what you expect in a photographer.  Again, this is important to help the photographer assess whether you'll be a good fit to work together.

Ask all your questions.

Finally, ask as many questions you have.  If you want to know how long it takes to get the gallery after the wedding day, ask away.  How many images will you receive, ask.  Do they have a second shooter, find out.

How Long?

This answer will vary depending on the type of wedding you're having and what you want.  On average, 8 hours is a normal amount of time.  However, if you're not comfortable with getting ready photos, take off a couple of hours.

Next step

So you've booked your wedding photographer, what's next?  The photographer will let you know what the next steps are.  For example, I let my couples know that 4-5 weeks before the ceremony, we will get together to discuss the final details including poses and timeline.  Also, share as many details through out the process as possible.  I love it when my clients share what details they want to include on their day at any time.

If you have any questions about this process, please let reach out.  We would love to talk.

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