Finding a photographer that is a great fit style-wise and personality-wise is one of the best investments of your wedding day. The right photographer will be able to ease your fears and should feel like your friend.
One of the things I recommend enough is to not wait when looking for a wedding photographer. They often book 1 year or more out, so the longer you wait, the harder it might be to find someone with your date available. I would begin by ask your married friends for recommendations. Maybe you love their photos and would love to hear about their photographer! Talk about what they would change or do differently in regard to a wedding photographer. Would they invest more? Have a second photographer present? Past brides have such a great perspective, so be sure to take advantage of it!
Next, think about what is the most important to you. Do you want GORGEOUS detail shots, fun pictures with your girls or your family? Maybe you want some super fun photos on the dance floor. The next step would be to look for a photographer who has images that draw your eye in those respects.
Narrowing down what editing style you like might be a bit harder. It might be overwhelming when you start looking for a photographer. Dark, or light, Moody or Colorful? Maybe it’s very natural, airy, or film-y. Start by looking through wedding photos and you’ll feel drawn to a certain style. Maybe even a certain photographer! Next, think about what emotions you like seeing in images. Do you like more serious, more joyful, or more soft?
The most important thing to look for in a photographer is someone that you trust and can relate to. Find someone you love following on social media! You will spend more time with your wedding photographer on your wedding day than with your future spouse. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!
Now you may be thinking, “how in the world do I go about finding someone that checks all of my boxes?!”
Start off by searching on google for photographers within your area. Talk to your friends and see who photographed their weddings. Look up local hashtags on Instagram. Google your favorite style of photography and add “wedding photographer” on the end of it and see what pops up! Remember that they don’t have to be local – many photographers love to travel!
One thing to remember throughout the entire process is that this is your wedding. When it comes down to it, all that matters is if you and your spouse like the photos. When all of these things we just talked about come together, you’ll find that you will love your wedding photography experience… and you’ll probably even gain a new friend in the process!
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