My best tips on finding the right wedding photographer.
I am sure, that is is really overwhelming to search for a good wedding photographer who meets your expectations, style and geographical position. There is a lot to consider when choosing the right wedding photographer and you don't necessarily need to choose the one a few blocks away. So, as a wedding and elopement photographer, I've collected my top tips, some details that most people don't think about, just to help you out a bit.
#1 Find your style
If you haven't already found your style, then I recommend you to browse the internet, Pinterest, Instagram or any other platform for inspiration. Use hashtags to narrow down, and check out the different styles. When you have a clear idea of the style you like, this will help you to narrow down the photographers.
The first thing I recommend you to do, is to do a good research. First of all, narrow down by looking at the style you like. Some like the bright and airy style, some are more in to the moody and storytelling style that really trends at the moment.
Ask yourself these questions:
What do we want to do with the images after the wedding?
What do we want from our photos in 20-30 years' time?
Do we like storytelling images or classic portraits? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is essential that there is a good communication between you and your photographer, and that you are having a great time in each others company. I can't stress out this enough! Personally, I care a lot for a good connection between me and my couples, that we have fun and that they will feel comfortable and happy next to me. If my couple is relaxed and having fun around me, they will feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera as well. So, what I recommend you to do, is to meet up with your potential photographer. Just go out for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (I would 100% go for the wine - he he), get to know each other to see if the connection is there before you put down that deposit. If you aren't able to meet up, a Skype call would also do absolutely fine.
#4 Quality over quantity
Portfolio is another important thing. One thing is what you see on a beautiful feed on Instagram, another thing is to see a full wedding gallery. You can ask you photographer to see a full wedding gallery, including the moments that you are planning to have covered, f.ex. the ceremony, the mountain hike, wedding dinner or something else. All depends on what you have planned for your wedding or elopement. Personally, I would ALWAYS choose quality over quantity.
#5 Ask questions
It's OK to ask questions. Well, you should. There are many small details that can change your experience with a photographer. Ask any questions you might have about what you can expect after the wedding/elopement or anything to get to know your photographer even better. Could be anything that is important to you, f.ex.:
Do we get a mixture of colour and B/W images?
What is the delivery time?
What's your favourite part to photograph?
Details are important. You need to know what is included in your package. If you are eloping somewhere, or having a destination wedding, you need to make sure that all costs are covered in the price which gets presented to you, such as flights or travel costs, accommodation, food and drinks or those hours spent after the wedding for editing. Another thing is, to reassure if photos are included in the package or not, and if you are getting them as digital files or prints. I recommend you to get a clear list of what is included and, if, a list of what is not included.
#7 Once in a lifetime
This is going to be a once in a lifetime, a kick-ass party, one of the most beautiful days OF YOUR LIFE! The day is going to pass so fast, you will be overwhelmed with love, happiness and excitement. This is YOUR DAY! The moments will be gone forever once the day is over, but the memories won't. The only thing you will have left are the memories. Make sure to freeze those memories of you and your loved ones. I can't stress out enough how important it is to choose a photographer who know her/his job well. You will thank yourself in the future for the investment you made, even though you might choose someone who a little over your planned budget. Trust me on this one 🧡
xx Mia 🧡