On average, couples in the United States spend more than 30 thousand dollars on their wedding. Between booking a venue, hiring a caterer, arranging for music, and decorating with flowers, costs add up quickly. When you've put in the work to make your wedding day beautiful, you want to make sure you capture the memories.
Hiring a professional photographer to capture your wedding pictures is an important investment to make while you're wedding planning. You want to be able to look back on this special moment for years to come and to share photos with friends, family, and even your future children.
Wedding photographers also capture moments that, as the one getting married, you may be too busy to notice. You'll have all the evidence you'll need that everyone had a great time at your wedding.
Below, we're sharing tips on hiring the best wedding photographer for your special day.
1. Seek Out Recommendations and Reviews
Starting a search for a professional photographer for your wedding can be overwhelming. It's a competitive field, and there will likely be lots of options when you first start looking.
To help narrow it down, reach out to people you trust for recommendations. If you have friends or family members who have previously gotten married, ask them how they felt about their photographer. Good word of mouth can go a long way.
You should also seek out online reviews. Strangers may be more objective in their review than someone you know, so that's another good route for creating a short list.
2. Conduct Interviews
No two wedding photographers are the same. They all have different personalities, different philosophies, and different ways of working with clients. Some may be "take charge" and direct each and every picture, while others may prefer to be in the background, quietly capturing the day.
You have to find a photographer whose manner matches what you want, and you can only do that by conducting interviews. Don't be afraid to ask hard or demanding questions -- you don't want your wedding pictures to be disappointing because you didn't do your due diligence.
3. Look at Portfolios
There are lots of different styles of wedding photography, from candid and modern to posed or traditional. You will only be able to tell what you like and what you don't like by looking at examples of other weddings.
You should ask all of the wedding photographers who you are interviewing to share their portfolio, or samples of their past work. That will give you the best idea of whether or not their style of wedding photography aligns with the kind of wedding pictures you want.
Ready to Hire a Wedding Photographer?
It doesn't matter if you're having a big wedding, a small wedding, an expensive wedding, or are going minimal. You're going to want memories of the day to look back on. The right wedding photographer will ensure that you have pictures to treasure for the rest of your life.
For more information on hiring the perfect photographer for your special day, please contact us at any time.