Best tips for choosing wedding photographers

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Managing Wedding |

cindyjunephotographyThe internet makes it easier to find wedding photographers, but when it comes to actually choosing the right wedding photographers, is the best choice. These tips should help the process go more smoothly.

1. Personalities matter: If you don’t click with your photographer’s personality, don’t hire them. You want to be relaxed and at ease in your photos, not irritated and annoyed. Choosing a photographer you actually like goes a long way in achieving that. Always meet with the actual person who will be taking your photos.

2. Communication counts

If you can’t get in touch with your photographer easily, whether it’s by phone, text or email, that should raise a red flag. They should be available to answer all of your questions up to, including and even after your wedding day. If they take several days or upwards of a week to answer a text message inquiring about their services, you might want to steer clear.

3. Does their style match your vision?

Photographers are artists; each has his own style. Some specialize in taking traditional, posed photos while others are more avantgarde. It’s important to understand what kind of look you want for your wedding photos and find a photographer that shares your vision. Otherwise, you could be disappointed with the results.


4. Always see samples

Before you hire a wedding photographer for your big day, always ask to see samples of weddings they have shot. You should be provided with the photos of an entire wedding day, not just a sample of the best shots they have ever taken. You will want to get a feel for how they will cover your whole day, not just get a glimpse into some of their best shots.

5. Be clear on what you want, but open minded as well

Some couples prefer to have their wedding photos taken before the ceremony, to save time in between the ceremony and the reception. Or perhaps you would like to have your photographer on site while your bridal party is getting ready for the day. Maybe you won’t need your photographer after the ceremony. Whatever your preferences, be clear about what you want and open to suggestions from the photographer. They have done this before and they have valuable input to offer.

6. And the award goes to…

Don’t be lured by the statement that a photographer is “award winning.” Remember, a fifth grade science fair ribbon is an award. A photographer’s claim that he is award winning doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Before you are swayed by this claim, ask for the particulars of the award. Was it for wedding photography? When was it given? For what photos? Get the details before you become too impressed.

7. Backups?

Always ask a potential photographer about how they plan to back up your photos. Wedding photos are irreplaceable, so you want to ensure that your photographer takes every safeguard possible to ensure your precious images aren’t lost. If a photographer can’t immediately explain to you his protocol for backing up the images he takes, give his services a pass. You never know what can happen and it’s not worth the risk.