I used to think choosing a wedding photographer is easy. There is not much to do besides looking at their website and their pricing. But when it comes to your own wedding …
Choosing a wedding photographer is not EASY
Even though I am a wedding photographer, I have to admit that choosing a wedding photographer is terrifying if you are a bride or groom who values photography. There are so many concerns and uncertainties. You will get married once and you have only one chance to choose a great photographer. This means no do-over. You are going to spend a lot of money and put them all in one person without seeing the final product in advance. Is that scary? Worse, the people around you, who had bad experiences with their photographers, will tell you their horror stories, making you feel far confused.
I don’t have to try to put myself in your shoes because I was already there!
When I got married, even with all that I know about wedding photography, I could feel everything I said above when I was a groom. I considered photography is the most important part of my wedding. After all, when the wedding is over, the photos are what I will treasure for years and how I will remember my wedding. I completely understand how you are feeling right now. So I thought I would share some pieces of advice to help you with this big decision.
I know it may seem a little bias (pick me! pick me!), but the truth is that I don’t think every couple out there is right for me or me for them. So how do you find the best wedding photographer for you?
When you look at their photos, you feel something
Every photographer has their own style, personality, and philosophy. They use the photos to communicate all of those with you, to tell you how they document a wedding, what they value – the emotions, the relationships. If you feel something when you look at their website, at someone else’s wedding photos, it’s certain that you would love yours far more.
Ask to view the photos of an entire wedding
Any photographer can select and show you their best 100 photos they’ve captured and you would be impressed. But it doesn’t give you a good sense of how they capture an entire wedding. You want to make sure that they have good quality photos throughout an entire wedding because it is why you will hire them for.
You must like them as a person
Unlike some other vendors, a photographer is the one who will be around you and your family throughout the entire wedding day, and still work with you after that day. You must be able to feel comfortable and trust them.
If you make your choice for a photographer base on those three criteria, rather than price, you’ll significantly improve the chance that you will love the result of this once-in-a-lifetime decision.