Match Made In Heaven— Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer
Written by A Wörtz | Images by Capture Create Studios
Making sure the moments at your wedding are captured is not the most important thing, but I’d say it’s pretty darn close to the top. That’s because, if we’re being honest, half the things that happen on that day won’t even come back to you two until you see the photos. There is just too much happening that day for you or your partner to recall all of it. If you don’t hire the best photographer for you, there might be moments lost entirely. So that’s the topic of today’s blog— what to think about when finding your photographer, to make sure no moments are lost, and how to find exactly what you’re looking for.
1. Only hire someone that you trust and have the utmost confidence in
Before getting into any specifics, it needs to be clear that your priority should be finding
someone you are comfortable with. That photographer is worth their weight in gold and you will never regret hiring them. You want someone who is comfortable with their camera to make sure whatever the situation is they can catch it unexpectedly!
2. Questions to ask (in no particular order)
When you first begin your search there are several things to keep in the back of your mind: Is
there a certain “style” that you’re looking for? Do you trust/connect with them? Is their contract legitimate? Do they respond quickly? Have you read their reviews? How close in proximity to you is this photographer (or are they willing to travel)? Do they have a second shooter? (Second shooters are highly recommended, more on that to come.)
You want to make sure you have all your questions answered, because a photographer can be much more valuable than someone just showing up the day of... they can help with your timeline, ideas on where to get ready and much more, so you should be able to find someone who you know will be able to add expertise and value to your day!
3. Never stop searching
To find your perfect match you have to search: search Google, search Yelp, search Instagram,
search magazines, Just search. Don’t be afraid to go to the fourth, fifth, even sixth or seventh page of a search engine until you find just what you’re looking for. Also, don’t be afraid to meet with a photographer and then decide to go another route, (just make sure to keep them in the loop that you are moving on.) What matters is that you trust the person taking your photos.
When you do meet with a photographer, you should ask to see a full wedding gallery. Rather
than just seeing 5 good shots on a website, this gives you a chance to look through an entire
gallery that could potentially have over 500 photos! Asking for a full gallery will ensure the
quality you’re wanting is throughout the whole day and not just on a few select pictures.
The best way to budget for your wedding is not by setting certain dollar amounts for each thing, but rather determining the total amount you want to spend and then putting percentages on each item or service you will need. You have to decide what is the most important part of your day and go from there... for some it will be photography, for others it might be the venue or the flowers! A recommended percentage for photography is 10-15% of your entire budget (that does not include video).
Choosing a photographer is something should not be taken lightly. It is important that you hire
the photographer that you want, not the photographer you feel obligated to hire. You want all the moments that you experienced plus the ones you didn’t get to experience to be caught on
camera for you to enjoy forever, plus you want them to be good!
Good luck: You got this!