August 22, 2019
In today’s blog I wanted to share a few tips for hiring your wedding photographer. I’ve been in your shoes and I know first-hand how overwhelming this decision can be so I thought I’d provide some tips having been on both ends of the process.
Look for photographers who photograph in a way that aligns with your style or the style that you are drawn to the most. Not sure? Take a look at your wedding Pinterest Board (you’ve probably had a secret one since your first date. Oh, only me?). Pull out your favorite 3-5 images and look at what they have in common. Are they cooler or warmer toned? Saturated or lighter? Dark and moody or light and airy? You’re likely drawn to images photographed and edited in a certain way.
There are literally thousands of photographers and we’re all a little bit different (which I think is super rad) and just because your cousin’s best friend recommended her photographer and she’s in budget doesn’t mean you will necessarily love your images. Not because she’s a bad photographer but she might shoot light and bright but you want dark and moody.
And not to get all technical with you but if you’re at all curating a social media feed ie. businesses, creatives, bloggers, etc. It’s even more important for you to hire a photographer who matches your existing (or desired future) vibe. This isn’t necessarily tied to wedding photography but I thought I’d mention it anyways.
Book your photographer early. If you know you want to work with a specific photographer be sure to contact them early on in your process. I am only one person and I commit your wedding date 100% to you so dates do book up. Also, I know I personally enjoy being apart of your wedding planning process because if we talk vendors and timelines early on I know we’re going to get the best pictures possible!
Connect with and like your photographer as a person. You will spend a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day and they will be involved in some of the most special moments of your entire life. Be sure that you like them.
True story: I was once booked last minute for a proposal the next day when the original photographer got sick. Because it was last minute I had zero consultation with this couple and so when I said “Get Sexy,” as I often do, I could tell that I had made them slightly uncomfortable. I get to know all of my couples before their wedding day so this would be obviously avoided in that process but it helps to know your photographer and like them. I also really feed off your energy when I’m shooting so if we vibe that really helps me get the best out of you! I may be found awkwardly dancing behind my camera on the dance floor. I try to be upfront about that and hopefully you just think I’m funny and not a total nerd but these are important things to know.
That’s it! It’s 3 main tips with a LOT of info thrown at you. Feel free to reach out with any other questions!