Hey there, lovebirds! So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to embark on the wild ride of wedding planning. First things first, major congrats on the engagement – that’s a huge deal! Now, I totally get that the idea of planning a wedding can feel like juggling a bunch of excited puppies, but fear not! We’re here to sprinkle a bit of easygoing guidance your way, specifically when it comes to locking down your wedding photographer. Let’s dive in and make this wedding planning journey a bit more exciting and a whole lot less dreadful, with five tips on how to choose a wedding photographer.
1. Find Your Style and Rock It
Alright, let’s talk vibes. Before you dive into the world of wedding photography, take a sec to figure out your style. Are you all about those classic, timeless snaps, or do you prefer those contemporary, hipster-esque shots that feel like they’re straight out of an indie rom-com? Are you a fan of candid, documentary-style shots, or do you prefer a combination of various styles? Knowing your style will help you spot photographers whose work makes your heart go pitter-patter. This will help immensely when you choose a wedding photographer. (At Match Made Photography, we thrive on bold colours and a documentary-style approach)
2. Roll Out the Budget (Without Freaking Out)
Budgets – I know, it can be daunting with not knowing where to start, it’s gotta be done. Look into the average costs for wedding photography in the area that you’re going to get married so you’re not blindsided. And remember, this isn’t just about numbers; it’s about investing in memories that’ll make your heart do the happy dance. Quality photography is an investment, and you often get what you pay for. Allocate a realistic portion of your budget for a skilled photographer who can capture the essence of your day.
Hot tip: Keep in mind that photography expenses may or may not also include additional services like engagement sessions and wedding albums.
3. Hunt for Hidden Treasures
Alright, let’s play detective! Start the hunt for that one photographer who has got the vibe that you’re looking for. Google “*Insert location of wedding here* wedding photography” and let your fingers do the walking. For example: “Brisbane wedding photography”
Check out websites, stalk Instagram feeds (in a totally non-creepy way, of course), and don’t forget to read reviews from other cool couples who’ve been there, done that.
4. Meeting in Person (or Virtually) for some Good Old-fashioned Interviews
Now comes the fun part – talking to potential photographers. Schedule some face-to-face time (or a virtual coffee date, ’cause hey, it’s 2023!) and see if you vibe with them. This is your chance to discuss your wedding vision, see if they’re on the same wavelength, and maybe even score some sweet insights or ideas. It’s like finding a new best friend who’s really good with a camera.
5. Personality Check: It’s a Match!
Here’s the deal: your wedding photographer is gonna be in the thick of things, and probably the only vendor that will be by your side for most of the day. So, you better get along like a house on fire. This is probably my most important tip. I’ve heard so many stories of couples booking their photographer because “their portfolio looked beautiful” and ending the same sentence with “but we felt so awkward during our wedding day”, and reflections post-wedding of whether you made the right decision or not about choosing a photographer is the last thing I want to happen to you.
It’s all about finding someone whose personality clicks with yours – you know, the type of person you’d invite to your BBQ.
Bonus tip: If you like a photographer’s work AND you can see yourself inviting them to a BBQ — BOOK THEM STRAIGHT AWAY!
Wedding planning doesn’t have to be a dreaded journey through the land of to-do lists. Think of it as the ultimate party-planning gig, and you’re the guest of honour. When it comes to finding your wedding photographer, just remember to define your style, get your detective hat on, set up some cool chats, and find your photo-taking soulmate.
So, get ready to rock that aisle, snap some epic pics, and have a blast planning the most memorable day of your lives. Cheers to you, your love story, and those fab wedding photos that’ll be making you smile for decades to come! 📸🎉
Feel like you’ve got more questions in regards to how to choose a wedding photographer?
I encourage you to reach out via socials or email if you want to chat more!