Choosing your wedding photographer can be tough, but this is one of the most important decisions you will make about your wedding day. Styles will fade, trends will go out of style, but your photos will be the one bit of treasure you have years from now to remember this oh so important day. Use these quick tips to help you choose!
1. Look at the syle.
Put simply, visually do you like what you see? In terms of the style of capture, do the photos speak to you? Does the photographer capture traditional posed portraits AND documentary style images to really tell the story of the day? Are there interesting angles and compositions that captivate you?
and what about light? The PHOTO in PHOTOgraphy literally means light. As photographers, our job is to play with light, and we all tend to do so a litle differently. Some of us prefer a bright and airy approach, while others capture dark and moody images beautifully. To what style are you more drawn?
Photographers also edit differently. While LainieMac takes a light and airy approach with minty greens and light colors and exposure, other photographers are drawn to the dark side and use heavy shadows and darker images to tell the story of the day. Think about the colors and style of your home, and try to find a photographer whose images would look nice as a piece of wall art in your home. Whatever style you choose, try to stay away from super trendy styles. You want your photos to remain classic and not be dated five years from now.
2. Look at the latest wedding blog post.
Confession time! Most photographers update their galleries just a few times a year or sometimes even once a year. There might be slight changes in shooting and editing style over time. Plus, most of the images in the galleries are the very best images from their weddings. Reading a blog post will give you a better idea of their latest work. It will also allow you to see more of an entire wedding story from start to finish so that you can get a feel for the way they capture getting ready photos and those ever so important reception shots. Those types of image don’t always make it into a wedding gallery.
You can see our latest wedding blog post here and an entire LainieMac wedding day here or here.
3. Meet with the photographer.
While the photos are definitely most important, we also recommend meeting with photographers to get a feel for their personalities. This person will be present in every aspect of your day, and you want to make sure it’s someone you can work with and feel comfortable having around. It ultimately should end up feeling more like a friendship and less like a stiff business agreement.
We hope these simple tips are helpful! If you’re planning a wedding and have not chosen your wedding photographer, we would love to be considered! You can give us a call or send an email using the contact link below.
Happy wedding planning!
Angela and Rhonda