10 Tips for finding the ideal Wedding Photographer
Feb 1, 2019 | By: Bryce Lafoon Photography
Finding the perfect wedding photographer can be stressful and overwhelming because there are so many options.
Here are my 10 tips for finding the right wedding photographer for your special day.
1. Look at photos of an entire wedding from start to finish on your potential photographer’s website or at their business. I cannot stress this enough. This is the overall best way to see examples of what can and will be delivered. Many couples find their photographers on Instagram where they are seeing only a few photos which may be the photographer’s best images of the year or of their career. These are unreal expectations.
2. Consider hiring photographers located outside of the area or location where you want to be married. Many photographers waive travel fees and welcome the opportunity to travel anywhere for weddings (including this photographer). :-)
3. Get to know your photographer. Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life. You should surround yourself with friends and family on this day and choose vendors that you want to be at your wedding. Being asked to be a part of someone’s wedding day is a privilege and a honor. There are a lot of photographers who do great work but have strong personalities and lack interpersonal skills. Hiring this type of photographer may give you great photos of your wedding day, but when you look at your photos you may think about how that person behaved on your wedding day to get those incredible shots.
4. Do not pick a photographer based solely on the fact that the photographer has previously worked at your wedding venue. This is another huge misconception when it comes to wedding photography. Your wedding photographer should be a master of light and creativity and know how to photograph weddings at any venue you choose. A good photographer can work with good light or bad light. It may be helpful if they have worked at your venue before, if you want them to duplicate past shots. There are some photographers who love to do that. The best photographers like to have a clean slate when they come to a venue and like to create shots from scratch. I would highly suggest hiring a creative photographer rather than some cookie cutter photographer that goes on autopilot on your wedding day.
5. Check reviews and recommendations. Almost all photographers have reviews on the internet. Google Reviews, Wedding Wire, and The Knot are all great places to look at reviews. Do your research.
6 Ask yourself, What do I intend to do with my photos? Does the photographer offer prints, albums, or digital files? Discuss with your fiancé what you want from the photos and make sure your photographer can deliver what you want or allows you to do your printing elsewhere.
7. What is your photographer’s editing style? This is really important due to the longevity of your images and to make sure you will love your images forever. What you like today may not be the same as what you like in a few years. Have you ever put a filter on an image and then later looked back at it and thought, What was I thinking? There are many styles out there and my tip for you is to stay as timeless as possible.
8. Understand the delivery process. Will you get sneak peaks? What is the time for post production? Faster is not always better when it comes to your final images. Editing and going thru all of the photos from your wedding day is a lot of work. You are getting expert eyes to give you and your fiancé a lasting impression of your big day. Ask questions such as, Do you do your editing yourself or does someone else do it? Your photographer should want to do as much as possible to make your photos the best they can be.
9. Meet with your photographer in person or by Skype/FaceTime or, at the very least, a phone call. This kind of goes back to number 3 - Get to know your photographer. So many couples email their photographer for pricing and package information. Don't be the couple who only communicates online. Make time to talk to the person who is going to tell your story.
10. Ask a lot of questions. You should know clearly what you are getting and what to expect. Here are 5 good questions you and your partner can ask.
• Is your style more posed or documentary? • Will you bring an assistant with you or a 2nd shooter? • Can we request a list of specific shots we would like? • Do you use off camera flashes or are you a natural light photographer? • Do you give discounts for days other than Saturdays?
I hope that you find these tips helpful when you are searching for a wedding photographer. Remember, there are no re-dos on your wedding day and you should make the best choice possible when finding the right wedding vendors.
Bryce is a wedding photographer from Asheville, NC. Bryce has been in business for about 6 years and has photographed 200+ weddings throughout the U.S. and abroad. If you would like to see if Bryce is available to tell your story, please go to the following contact page.