Posted on: 17 October 2019
Choosing a wedding photographer for your big day can be one of the most important decisions you'll make, and there are plenty of ways to shop around. Generally, you'll be looking a few months in advance, so before you make your final decisions, here are four things you can do to help narrow it down.
Check Their Options
Every wedding is different, so it's worth looking at what specific services each wedding photographer offers. Some will let you choose between a few different packages with various add-ons like albums, prints, extra hours of coverage, and even photo booths, while others will be more strict and have set schedules and services with little wiggle room. If you have something specific in mind, it's a good idea to check what each photographer offers. Even photographers with similar services may completely differ in their pricing or how they work.
One of the best ways to find out specifics is by checking the photographer's brochures or websites which will have all their options laid out. If they don't, you can always contact them for more information, or if you're feeling comfortable, even ask for a sample quote to see what the whole process will look like when selecting your services.
View Galleries and Social Media
Many photographers, like other artists, will have specific styles, both with their photography itself and their methods of editing. If you have a specific aesthetic in mind for your wedding, it helps to see what each photographer is comfortable with or what they specialize in. Some photographers may excel in bright and clean photos, while others may offer a more grainy old-fashioned style.
Beyond looking at website galleries, check out any digital brochures they offer, which can go more in-depth about specific events, like weddings. Also check out any social media they may have, where they may post more information or give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their work. You can even do this if you don't have a specific style in mind to see if you can find something you'll want. But it's easier to go with a photographer who specializes in the style you like rather than asking another to try to simply imitate it.
Have a One-on-One Chat
Talking directly with potential photographers is a great way to test the waters even if you haven't put down a deposit yet. Many photographers are happy to have a one-on-one call with you to discuss your goals, ideas, locations, and schedules to see if they would be a good fit for you and what they can offer. But these meetings are important for more than just finding out if they can work around your schedule; it's also about seeing if you will work well together and communicate well. If you feel uncomfortable or don't feel that you connect well for any reason, that might already be all you need to know.
Ask For Recommendations
Sometimes a photographer may not be available for your big day, they might be out of your budget, or you might simply not be a good fit for each other. But that isn't necessarily the end of it. If you really like their style or something specific about their work, ask for a recommendation for someone who can offer exactly what you want! Plenty of photographers know others in the business and are more than happy to refer you to someone else. So don't be afraid to point out exactly what you like about someone's work when asking for a recommendation; it can save you a lot of time.Share