Your wedding photographer is an essential member of your wedding supplier team. They’ll be responsible for capturing all your special moments on film, so, naturally, you need the best of the best. Having trouble finding the right person for the job? We’ve created a guide to help you find an amazing wedding photographer to make the process easy and stress-free.
Here are a few tips for hiring a wedding photographer.
Know what you’re looking for
Before you even start searching for a wedding photographer, create a roadmap for yourself. Write down the key details of your wedding (the venue and date) as well as your photography budget and wedding photography styles you love. These tidbits will help you narrow down the competition and help you find your dream photographer just a little bit faster.
Do your research
Once you’ve created your checklist, it’s time to dive into your research. Check out our wedding supplier listings, scroll through Instagram and ask your recently married friends for recommendations. Don’t forget to look at ratings and read reviews - some wedding photographers have amazing portfolios but are a nightmare to work with. You want to know exactly what you’re in for, so this is a step you don’t want to skip.
Get in touch
Now that you’ve found your top contenders, reach out and get in touch. You can easily contact wedding photographers through their listings on WeddingWire, but if you’re going a different route, simply send out a good old fashioned email. Right off the bat, you’ll want to ask them if they’re available for your wedding date, what their rate is and for a copy of their standard contract. If they’re answers tick all the right boxes, it’s time to schedule a meet and greet IRL (or at least via Skype). Note: if you’re not quite ready to start asking the big questions, give them a follow on Instagram so that you can stay updated on their work.
Review their work
You probably oohed and ahhed over their wedding photography in the research phase, but you’ll want to see what your faves’ full wedding albums look like from beginning to end. Remember, what photographers post on their websites and social media accounts is their highlight reel, and you definitely want to see more than that before hiring them. Look at how they captured other real weddings from start to finish including all the essential shots on your wedding photography checklist (i.e. the first look, detail shots of decor, family portraits, etc.) as well as candids. If you only like a handful of their pictures, no matter how beautiful that handful may be, they’re probably not the one for you.
Hash out the details
Once you’ve weighed your options and chosen your winner, it’s time to get down to business. Ask your wedding photographer to draw up a contract for your big day and send it over to you. You’ll want to read it over a few times before signing to make sure you know and agree to all its stipulations. Keep an eye out for additional charges like travel, equipment, parking and the like (those can really add up). If everything looks A-OK, grab that pen and sign on the bottom line. Congratulations, you just added another supplier to your wedding squad!
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