As a follow up to our 7 Wedding Planning Tips post, we enlisted once again our good friend and wedding planning expert Irma for tips specific to picking a photographer. Aside from the venue itself, photographer is often the most expensive portion of the budget, and it should be. This is the one physical thing you get to keep forever, to relive once in a while, to show your friends and families, your children, even your grandchildren (if they are interested). It can be overwhelming in the beginning, so many options out there, in so many different styles!
To make the process easier, keep the below 5 tips in mind when picking yours.
Wedding photographers are expensive, and understandably so. It DOES last a lifetime! Some costs more than others, it all depends on what your budget is and how much you are willing to spend on a photographer. When we asked our ideal photographer for her packages, we were not sure if we were ready to spend that much. But at the end of the day, we both agreed it was important to invest more on pictures that will last a lifetime.
A photographer offers A & B for $5,000, another photographer offers A, B & C for $4,500. Of course the latter one sounds like a better deal, but how does the end product actually look like? Looking for a wedding photographer isn’t shopping for a bargain. You will be stuck with these pictures for the rest of your life, so you better make sure they are how you want them to look like, or else you will just regret and wonder “what if” or “i wish” everytime you see them.
Each photographer has his or her own style. The best way to figure out what you and your partner want is go on Pinterest and pin all the pictures you love. When you are done, take a step back and look at the overall picture. What are the commonalities? Like us, you may actually notice all the pictures you pinned are from the same one or two photographers! Once you’ve figured out the style you like, you can narrow down the search after looking through each photographer’s portfolio.
Sometimes what you end up going with can be a photography service that has a group of photographers. If that is the case, make sure you ask for the photographer that shot and edited the images that drawn you to them in the first place. You do not want to find out last minute the photographer assigned to your wedding actually shoots a completely different style than what you envisioned.
When browsing through each photographer’s portfolio online, it is very easy to get hooked on a specific wedding that makes you think, “this is it!” Make sure you don’t get tunnel-visioned. Look at at least 5-6 different wedding postings and ask yourself, are they consistent in terms of style and quality? Do you like all of them? If you notice the style is all over the place, or there are certain wedding postings that make you second guess, we recommend you to move on instead of risking it.
Yes, it is important for wedding photographers to cater to their clients’ likings, but at the same time they need to have their own point of view and vision. They are supposed to be the professionals after all and guide the couple, not the other way round. Consistency is KEY.
When you have your one on one meeting with your potential photographer, it is very important to make sure you establish a connection. He or she may be that “one” photographer you’ve been wanting to get since day one, but if your personalities don’t jive, it is just going to be uncomfortable and awkward for both parties.
A wedding photographer is there to photograph every intimate moment of your big day, from getting ready, to the first look, to the reception itself. You will be seeing A LOT of him/her, so why not make sure he/she is someone you can have fun with?
Now with these 5 tips in mind, there is no doubt you will find your “perfect match” to photograph your day of happily ever after! Good luck and have fun 🙂