Questions to Ask When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

April 3, 2018

Choosing a wedding photographer for your wedding day could seem like a simple task. You may think all you need to do is find someone in your budget and who is free on your day, and bam- you have a wedding photographer. But that kind of thinking may have you end up feeling really disappointed either on your actual wedding day, when you get your photos back months after your wedding, or even worse—both! Below are some simple questions to ask yourself when choosing a wedding photographer so you can be confident and satisfied with one of the most important vendor choices you’ll have to make throughout the wedding planning process!

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Style: the photographer’s style will be the first indicator of what your own photos will look like. Although there are limiting factors that photographers may have to work with (venues, weather, etc.), all photographers have a consistent style you should be able to see by looking at their portfolio. You should know that I have yet to meet a photographer who is willing to change their style based off of individual clients. That being said, you need to view their website/portfolio so you can get a feel for their style and make sure you like it yourself.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What style do I like? Do I like the brighter, clean-cut look? or more of a darker, moodier look?
  • Do I like the style of this photographer?
  • Can I envision us in their photos?

Personality: Many people don’t think about this one, but keep in mind you will be spending the majority of your wedding day with this person (probably more so than your own fiance!) so it’s important to imagine your photographer adding value and positivity to your big day.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I click with this person?
  • Will this person potentially overwhelm me, or will this person make me at ease all day?
  • Could I spend a significant amount of time with this person on my wedding day?

Values: This one’s a little less black and white, and a little more grey, so you’ll have to decide how important this one is for you. A person’s values typically bleed into their personality and their business. And there are a lot of photographers out there that are fairly open about their mission statements and values, and how those values affect the way they operate their business (and their own lives). So if you strongly disagree with something they strongly stand for, you may also end up disagreeing with a decision they make down the line. Again, you’ll have to decide how important this is to you, but just know that small business owners are open about this for a reason—to attract people who accept them.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How important is it for your values to match with the photographer’s?
  • Is there anything that sticks out that you do or don’t like?
  • Do you have any gut feelings about working with them?

Price point: it’s important to note that photographers can operate their businesses very differently from one another. Some offer different packages for choice and freedom; others offer one package for convenience and simplicity. But most all photographers stand firm with their prices. Be realistic and only contact photographers in your price range so you aren’t left disappointed or accept that you may have to be flexible with your budget so you can work with the photographer of your dreams!

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How much do I value all of the work that goes into photography, and it’s final product?
  • How important are these photos to me now, and how important will they be to me in the future?
  • Is it worth it to be flexible with my budget? What other areas could I cut back in to increase my photography budget? (based off of your answers to the questions above)

Trust: Good news- your photographer has been a part of many weddings before! And if I’m assuming correctly, probably way more than you have. So, make sure you trust them with their advice when it initially conflicts with your original plans. Some photographers (like myself) will actually help set up the entire timeline of your wedding day. They aren’t doing this to stress you out or mess with your plans. They are doing this because they know what it takes and how much time it takes to get all the photos you are wanting! They are certainly willing to work with you to give you what you want, but make sure you work with them a little too because they know best!

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I willing to take their expert advice when it conflicts with my original plan?
  • Will they calm my nerves or stress me out more when/if the unexpected happens?
  • Simply, do I trust them?

I hope this helps put it into perspective the reality of choosing a wedding photographer and how much you care about the actual person you put in charge! Any more questions? Feel free to comment below! And don’t forget to subscribe for more Wedding Planning tips!

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