We only have 415 days until we say our “I Do’s”. So far the wedding planning process has been pretty easy and not stressful. With having over a year to plan our wedding, we are slowly getting to check off things like booking our wedding photographer. Before I even got engaged I knew who was going to be our wedding photographer because I went to high school with her, seen her work and we even did a collaboration session together for my blog plus her portfolio.
Booking your wedding photographer is a BIG DEAL because you are hiring this person to capture the most important day of your life. To help you ease the stress when researching wedding photographers, here are some things to consider before booking them.
5 Things to Consider Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer
Prices – When researching for a wedding photographer, first things first check out their prices. Majority of wedding photographers have packages which are awesome for those that are working on a budget. Speaking of the budget make sure that you won’t go over budget for them.
Personality – Because I knew who was going to be our wedding photographer, I knew that right away she was who we wanted because she makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. You want to have that chemistry between you and your photographer. You want someone you can trust and that’s going to tell you “no that’s not cute”, let me fix this for you, you basically want someone that is going to guide you.
Look at Their Previous Work – Ask to view a wedding they’ve done. This will show you what the photos look like, what their shooting styles are, what moments do they capture. You don’t want to book someone who has NO experience or their shooting + editing style doesn’t fit you. With that being said does it fit your style, are they bright, bold, airy, do they contain natural lighting.
Read Reviews – With social media and wedding websites, you are able to check out a companies reviews from previous clients. Make sure they are REAL customers as well.
Speak Your Mind – When you’re scrolling through their work, point out what you do and don’t like. It’s okay to be picky because these are your photos and you are hiring them to do them. You will have these photos for the rest of your life.
Before booking your photographer you should set up a meeting. Here are a few questions you can them before you sign the contract.
Questions to Ask Your Photographer:
- What is your preferred your style of photography? modern, traditional, artistic, natural light
- How many weddings have you done in your career?
- How long have you been a wedding photographer?
- Do you shoot more than 1 wedding a day? if so, ask them how they manage their time.
- How many hours do I with you?
- Can I request certain images be taken?
- Do you work with another shooter?
- What’s your turn around time?
- Is there a limit on how many photos I will get back?
- Will I get the photos in a disc to print off or will an album be provided?
- Will my photos be used for any advertising?
- What’s the deposit amount?
- When is the balance due?
- What’s your cancellation policy?
- What happens if there’s an emergency and you can’t make it to my wedding? Do you have a backup plan?
Of course, you’re able to ask whatever questions you want when you meet with your wedding photographer. Majority of the time some of your questions will be answered in the contract.