We know it can be hard to find the right people for your vendor team on wedding day. We’ve already given you the top five questions to ask a photographer during an initial consult, but maybe you need a little more help. How do you even begin to find the right photographer to set that initial consult with? Hopefully these tips will help you get started!
1. Find Your Style
Before you even start looking for specific photographers, you’ll want to define your photography style. Are you more drawn to the pictures that are bright, light and airy? Or are you more drawn to the pictures with a little more mood and shadow? Maybe you like something a bit more vibrant and colorful. This will help you narrow down your options!
2. Look at Full Albums
Looking at full albums, rather than random shots of lots of different weddings on a photographer’s Instagram feed will help you get a better feel for how the capture the day as a whole. Does it tell a story? Does it get all the details you would want?
3. Compare Options
Don’t narrow down to just one option. Keep your eye on two or three and meet with all of them so you have something to compare each with.
4. Lighting Matters
The lighting in your venue and whether you will be having anything outdoors makes a difference. You want a photographer that is experience in that kind of setting.
5. Read Reviews
Don’t discard reviews! Make sure you read up on several different sites for reviews. Once you do have a consultation you can always ask for references, too.
6. Budget Realistically
When you set a budget for your photographer, be realistic. If you don’t have a very large budget, be aware of that and be careful before you fall in love with someone.
7. Do an Engagement Session
An engagement session is a great way to get a feel for how a photographer works and how you feel with them. Try booking just an engagement session before booking a full package to get a feel for things first.
8. Read the Fine Print
When you do move into the contract phrase, read the contract! Check what your rights to the photos are, when payments are due, cancellation clauses, timeframes – all the good stuff!
9. Match Personalities
It’s important to like a photographer’s work, but it also just as important to like their personality. You will be spending a lot of time and a lot of intimate moments with this person, so it should be someone you trust and get along with.
10. Look Early
There’s a reason that photographer’s get booked early – they are good! Make it a priority to start your search early.
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