As someone who is both a wedding photographer and is engaged themselves, I find myself looking at wedding planning from all angles. When it comes to choosing a photographer for your wedding day there are some key things to pay attention to.
Editing style is one of the most important factors when it comes to finding the right photographer. Style is something that develops over time. Photographers, and videographers as well, represent their style on their sites and social media accounts in a very intentional way. As if to say ‘This is how I edit, and this is how I will edit your photos.’ If you like a moody editing style, but you hire a photographer who edits light and airy then you will likely be disappointed when you get the final images. Style also isn’t something that you can necessarily ask a photographer or videographer to change. Photography and videography are both art forms, and art is subjective. This is why it’s so important to choose someone whose work you love.
Something to look for when viewing a photographers website is whether or not they list their prices. Unfortunately there can be some red flags that come with no prices being listed, but that’s a blog post for another day. There are also some misleading ideas when it comes to pricing. I’ve seen people charge thousands of dollars for their first wedding. They had no experience and less than professional gear. I’ve also seen, and been a person, who charged substantially less when they first started out. Personally, I shot my first wedding for free. After that I charged a few hundred dollars per wedding and increased my price from there. The more experienced and knowledgable that I became, the more I charged. The more I charged, the more I upgraded my gear. Knowledge, experience and gear are the key factors that you’re paying for when hiring a professional. With that being said, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find a wonderful photographer to fit your budget. Pay attention to their work, view the testimonials, and decide from there.
Photographers become a big part of your wedding day, they practically spend the entire day with you. It’s important to find someone that you feel you mesh well with and can comfortably spend the day with. Not every client and every vendor are a good match, and that’s totally ok. Speaking with a photographer before hiring them is always a great way to get to know them a little bit before signing a contract and booking with them. Following their social media accounts works great as well. This way you can get a glimpse into who they are.
It may not be the most exciting of reasons, but whether or not a vendor is available is absolutely important. If you’re planning a Fall wedding, and your preferred photographer appears to have a lot of Fall weddings in their portfolio, then that is probably the season that books up the quickest for them. Personally, the Fall is always the first to book up for me, with Spring coming in second, Summer third, and Winter fourth. Of course this does vary depending on where you live (I live in Cincinnati, Ohio) or rather where you’re getting married at, as well as varying from vendor to vendor.
I hope this helps you in your wedding planning journey. Explore the site to find more wedding tips, view portfolios and inquire about your big day. ♥️