Choosing Your Wedding Photographer: 3 Tips

Wedding Planning

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. Planning a wedding? Need a helping hand?

I’ve been capturing weddings for a couple of decades now, and let me tell you, each one is as unique and special as the love it celebrates. Let’s dive into three tips that’ll make choosing your wedding photographer a breeze. Get ready, ’cause you’re going to want to know this.

First things first, let me introduce myself! I’m Matt. I love working with easy-going couples like you, and connecting with them is why I love wedding photography. Ok, let’s get down to business… wedding planning!

I still remember Becky and I planning our wedding. I was a bundle of nerves! But we put one foot in front of the other and everything worked out great. We had a destination wedding in New Orleans. Can’t believe that was almost 13 years ago.

Now, I want this guide to be your go-to resource, easing some of that wedding-induced stress. Oops, I fibbed a bit. I said three tips, but here’s a bonus fourth one. This will help you with all your major vendors

So, in the whirlwind of wedding planning, where do you even begin? How do you start?

Well, I’m a big fan of lists, so let’s start by creating one. Ask everyone – your venue, colleagues, family, and friends – for recommendations. When you see their eyes light up with excitement as they recall their photographer, you know you’re onto something good. Then, check out their portfolio, Instagram, and Google Business reviews.

Narrow down that list to just 5-10 photographers who truly resonate with you emotionally. Now, let’s dive into these three insider tips:

#1 Style

There’s many styles out there – light and airy, dark and moody, highly stylized, candid, you name it.

Think about how you want yourselves, your family, and your friends to be portrayed in your photos. Do you prefer every shot directed, authentic moments, or a mix of both?

Pay attention to details – are they a must for you? And here’s a crucial one – are the photographer’s images consistent? Consistency is key when choosing your wedding photographer.

I remember a referral client once showed me an editing style she loved. But I knew it wasn’t my style, and I had to be honest about it. Trust your gut and find a photographer whose style speaks to your heart.

Feeling overwhelmed by choices? Sometimes couples come to me unsure of their preferred style. In those cases, giving advice on the best fit can be tough. But I don’t try to book every happy couple – just the ones who are the right fit. It’s crucial for a smooth journey.

#2 Personality

Your wedding photographer will be by your side throughout the day, from getting ready to the final dance. Personality matters – a lot.

They’ll witness your tears of joy, handle family drama, and keep their cool under pressure. You want someone who’s happy, helpful, kind, organized, and great with crowds. Someone who’ll have your back through thick and thin.

Consider the vibe of your day and choose someone you’ll enjoy spending time with. And if hugging’s your thing, well, I’m your guy.

#3 Unique Difference

For some, it’s all about those highly-styled portraits, while for others, it’s capturing authentic, meaningful moments. My specialty? Those real, heartfelt moments that tell your wedding story.

FACT: Look into the eyes of the couple in a photographer’s portfolio – you’ll know if it’s a posed shot or a candid moment.

Now, let’s talk budget. It’s a big player in choosing your photographer. Don’t underestimate the costs – do your research. Get chatting with your dream photographer about the nitty-gritty details, and let the adventure begin. Photography is crucial because, besides your spouse, it’s the one thing that’ll remain long after the big day is over.

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