With the holidays behind us, many people celebrated Christmas or the new year by getting engaged. Congratulations! And while it is exciting to start asking your best friends to be bridesmaids, building your wedding Pinterest boards, and buying every edition of The Knot you can get your hands on, here are 5 tips for finding the right wedding photographer.
1. Define your style and wedding priorities.
I drive a truck. It is white and carries all of my equipment while still comfortably seating the bride and groom after their first look. It suits me and my needs. A sports car, on the other hand, would be of no use to me. Both get you from A to B, but do so in different ways. The same is true with your wedding – no matter where, how many guests, or what meat is being served at dinner, you will both say “I do” and start your life together. When I bought my truck, I researched, budgeted, and planned it out so that it would meet my style, needs, and preferences. Your wedding is no different. When you start planning your wedding, the first thing I encourage couples to do is prioritize things. How important are centerpieces and linens to you? Videography? A band versus a DJ? How about photography?
For some people, photography is a top priority. I have had many honors from my clients – some have made me a major portion of their budget and proudly display their wedding photos on their walls, others have based their wedding date around my availability. If photography is a major priority, then go with someone who specializes in weddings. I hear people say “My uncle has a nice camera” or “my friend is getting into photography” or even worse, “I am going to get a college student who is looking to build their portfolio.” These people often times regret their decision when their expectations are not met and they cannot get back those lost moments. You wouldn’t go to a Chinese restaurant if you feel like Italian food; don’t hire a non-specialized photographer to shoot your wedding.