Tips To Find Your Best Wedding Photographer

Start looking early for your wedding photographer.

Wedding photographers typically get inquiries from brides from 6-8 months prior to a bride’s wedding day. The sooner you start looking the better the chances are of hiring the best match for your style and personality. Also, booking earlier gives you more flexibility in when you will be able to shoot your engagement session. Booking late can restrict you to a season that’s either too hot or too cold.

Don’t have any idea how to start looking? Here are some ideas.

Start asking around your circle of friends that have been married recently. Referrals are the absolute best way to get true feedback for a particular photographer. Lean on Google heavily. If you’ve already booked your wedding venue, search for photographers that have blogged about weddings at that location. Make a working group of 15-20 bookmarks of favorite wedding photographer websites. Keep that group fluid, when you add one…drop someone else off. Don’t go over 20. Once you have a good list make a top 5 group from that bigger group. Contact those five photographers and start setting up consultations.

Ask the photographer about their cameras and equipment.

Ask your photographer to describe their approach to backup gear for the wedding day. Photographers love to talk about their toys and you’ll be reassured to hear about their backup plans. They should have at least two fully capable pro camera bodies and multiple lenses specialized for low light photography. Professional cameras are robust but as with anything mechanical, failure can occur. Having immediately available backup gear is essential.

Talk to the photographer about his backup methods AFTER the wedding.

Your photographer should have a strategy for backing up your digital images that includes multiple onsite and off site backups. For example, a photographer may have duplicate hard drives at their studio as well as a safe deposit box with additional backups.

Why an engagement session is so important.

The engagement session is important to create photographic record of this amazing time in your life. The time between your engagement and wedding is one of the most exciting periods of your life. beyond that, no one will be around you more than your photographer on your wedding day. The importance of personal compatibility cannot be overstated. Having spent time together as friends and photo subjects at the engagement session goes a long way towards the comfort and trust necessary on the wedding day.

Saving money by having a friend or relative that’s pretty good with a camera shoot the wedding.

If you place a high degree of importance on the photographic record of your wedding day then nothing less than a professional is acceptable. A talented friend may capture a few nice images but with the experience and training of photographing many weddings you cannot rely on them to have the consistency and control to capture the entire day. A professional photographer has shot countless weddings and worked in every possible lighting situation. These are your memories…hire a professional.

You will find that your wedding photographer choice is a very personal one. If this article plants a seed or two to help you as you begin your search the it will be a success.