We are so close to kicking off the Fall Wedding Season! Can you feel it? The scorching summer heat is getting cooler at night, and you can start to smell the Fall leaves changing?
Oh! That’s just me? I might be looking forward to Fall a little more than I should….
But! With the coming wedding season, I wanted to make sure I prepped everyone I know about how to choose a wedding photographer for themselves! It isn’t as easy as it looks and I have been getting so many questions from my newly engaged friends on how to pick a wedding photographer!
And what is a blog post without some wedding photos?!?! All of the photos from today’s post were second shot with Laura Watson Photography, when she captured my best friend’s little sister’s wedding at Proctor Farm in Rome, GA.
Where to find your Wedding Photographer
This one is kind of straight forward, but I still need to make sure it is said. You can find them ANYWHERE. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Yelp, Websites… the list goes on and on. If you know of a business directory anywhere, I guarantee you, a wedding photographer is listed on it. Which, of course, doesn’t help you choose a wedding photographer. So start with one of the sites above and start looking there. My favorite? The Knot and Instagram!
What should you be looking for
Now that you know where to find a wedding photographer, the next thing to do is to make sure you know WHAT you are looking for FIRST. This includes style, price, and personality of the photos (yes, that is a thing). So this is the part where you get out that big wedding binder and start researching.
First, you need to figure out the price range you need to stay within. This is crucial. However, you have to understand that your dream photographer may be just a little outside this range. If you aren’t okay with that, you need to make sure to do LOTS of research before reaching out to anyone to get the final pricing.
Second, you need to determine the style of photos in order to choose a wedding photographer. All photographers have to a certain style that they like to say that describes their photos. This post over on the Knot gives you a great idea of what the varying styles of photography exist today. For example, I would describe my own style of photography is Bright and Colorful. This would probably fall into a “Fine Art” category, but I sometimes feel that I swing back into the more classical style as well.
Lastly, when you are doing your research, take a look at what is going on in the photos. Is there lots of emotion? Laughter? Or are they acting more serious? Every photographer brings a different personality to the photos and you need to make sure you are on board with it before hire a wedding photographer. What do I mean by that? Say you and your fiance are a little more on the giggly, bubbly side and you can’t do a straight face to save your life. You might not want to pick a photographer who is known for the more serious faces and poses.
Price Isn’t everything
I say this with a grain of salt. I just don’t want you to focus on the wrong part of this. Too many people book wedding photographers based on the pricing available and then try to convince the wedding photographer to change their whole editing and photography process to fit that client. Unfortunately, that isn’t how we work! We spend years honing and crafting our skills to fit a particular style that we enjoy and want to continue working on. Trying to make us change is like convincing a watercolor artist to use acrylics instead. It could work, but it might not give the same experience.
Make sure you mesh!
This is SUPER IMPORTANT. Let me say it again:
Your wedding photographer is going to be with you all day. Not kidding. From getting ready to slipping down to your skivvies to get into your wedding dress to your first look to you cake cutting. We are there for all of it. And if you don’t like the vibe your wedding photographer is showing on their website, blog, Instagram, or wherever, you are probably not going to like them on your wedding day. I love building relationships with my couples and getting to watch them grow in their marriage. And because I have that relationship, it makes their wedding day so much more important to me!
And that’s pretty much it! So to sum up, I highly recommend doing at least a little bit of research before choosing your wedding photographer. You never know what you will find when doing research!
Need anything else? Feel free to check out these posts that will help you plan your big day!