Tips for Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Understand the style you want.

Photographers are not all created equal. This goes for everything from budget to the shooting style to the editing style of the photographer. If you are a big fan of a particular photographer’s style, hire them or find someone similar.

Don’t choose your photographer based solely on budget.

We all have a budget and it’s important to stick to it, but don’t price shop. This goes for far more than just wedding photography but hiring a photographer solely because they fit within your budget is a recipe for disaster. You want to hire a photographer with whom you meld well, appreciate their style, and feel comfortable around.

Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine!)

I always want to meet with my brides in person, so we can make sure we’re on the same page and a fantastic fit for working with each other. If in person isn’t an option, then FaceTime or a phone call is the next best thing. You want to find a photographer who is invested in your wedding from start to finish, isn’t afraid to round up your wedding party, but can also just let you and your love enjoy a moment naturally without posing you through every second of the day.

This is the best time to ask questions. I’m sure you have them, and I want to hear them to ensure you feel comfortable hiring me for your wedding photographer.

Your Photographer is a Pro – Let them do their job.

Words that make every photographer cringe – “I have a friend/cousin/uncle/dog who is gonna do our photography. Thanks, though!” I can’t tell you how many time people who went this route have later told me they regretted it immensely. It’s your wedding day. Hire someone who knows how to handle photography and the wonderful craziness of your wedding celebration.

When you hire a professional, you are pay not just for their photographic expertise, but for someone who knows how to handle a wedding from booking to sparkler exit, and how to edit your images to gold. Be prepared to spend a sizable portion of your wedding budget on photography – you are paying for the photographer’s time, post-processing, your photographs and products that come with it. Hiring vendors you can trust means you just get to enjoy your day.

4 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Photographer