How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

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Ok so you’ve got a list of photographers, now the question is : How to choose a wedding photographer?

There are SO many talented people out there that it can feel overwhelming to pick just one person. Especially when you’re asking them to capture a once in a lifetime event.

I’ve put together this guide to help you understand what to look for and how to choose. Whether it’s for your large traditional wedding or a small backyard elopement, these are all relevant!

What Style of photography do you like
Determining you Budget
Do you connect with the photographer

How to choose a wedding photographer

What Style of photography do you like?

Ok first let’s talk about what Photography Style means and why is it important.
Simply put it means how the photographer creates and captures an image and how they edit that image.
The reason it’s important is because photographers have different way of expressing their art. If you do not like the way their finished photos look, chances are you won’t like the photos they take of you. So it’s important to have a general idea of what photography style is so you can look at their portfolio and understand.
Two questions that will help you get started in finding a style you like is:

  • Do you prefer candid photos or strictly posed photos?
  • Do you prefer photos that are true to life colors or more heavily edited photo?
    • I.E. Dark & Moody | Light & Airy

Once you’ve gotten an idea of the style you like make sure to check out the photographers portfolio and/or blog.

Determining you Budget

So you’ve found that photographer that checks the style box! Now it’s time to find out how much their services cost and if that’s within your budget.

Professional photography is not cheap and if you’re looking for quality you’ve got to be prepared to pay for it. Remember you are not just paying for photos, you’re pay for their experience, use of equipment, assistance with planning, location scouting, etc.

If you’re unsure how to determine a photography budget browse a couple of photographers website and get an idea of what the average cost is in your area. It’s also free to get a quote from a photographer so reach out if their prices are not posted on their website!

Do you connect with the photographer?

Ok, you’ve found a few photographers that you like and you’ve inquired about their services. The next, very important, step is to set up a consultation (phone call, FaceTime, in person) with those photographers.
Connecting with your photographer is SO important because you do not want to feel awkward or uncomfortable when getting your photos taken.

It’s important to know that almost everyone feels awkward and uncomfortable in front of a camera but it’s our jobs as photographers to help you relax and become more comfortable. It doesn’t have to be love at first sight but everyone has to like everyone so that there is a foundation to build on.

Emie is a Wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia.  She is committed to helping couples and individuals create beautiful photos that they'll cherish for a lifetime.

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