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8 Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

8 Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

When it comes to picking a wedding photographer to capture your special day, you want to choose someone who’s right for you. It’s important to remember you only get one chance to capture your special day! Consider these top eight tips to ensure you find the perfect photographer for you.

Settle on a style
Before you begin researching photographers, you'll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer. That will help determine which kind of photographer you'll want shooting your wedding. Many wedding photographers can do a blend of portraiture and documentary-style shots, and will do a mix of black-and-white and color images. But if there's a special style you love, make sure to focus on photographers who specialize in it.


Do your homework
Start your search by reading reviews from recent newlyweds and browsing hundreds of local listings. Carefully review potential photographers' websites and blogs on your laptop or tablet from to check out photos of other weddings they've shot. This will give you an idea of their style. Check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too, if possible.

Ask around
Word of mouth is one of the most tried-and-true methods of finding a photographer you’ll love.  Friends often share a common style and similar budgets. If you loved a friend’s wedding, don’t be too shy to ask them about their experience.

Know your setting
With so much talent to choose from, it can be easy to hire a photographer simply on the beauty of their work, rather than taking into account what your wedding will actually look like. If you’re marrying in an intimate indoor space, look for inspiration along that line, rather than being distracted by open, airy outdoor wedding photos.


Start with one vendor and the rest will follow
Have you found the florist of your dreams? Ask them who their favorite photographers are. The wedding industry is a close-knit community. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from industry vendors.

Be informed
Understanding the costs for various products and services is the first step in making informed wedding decisions. While many photographers don’t post their pricing online, use their portfolio to gain insights into the types of weddings they shoot. If their Instagram is stacked with large private estate events or destination weddings with details galore, you can assume that their fees likely start at a higher price point than a photographer who may shoot smaller celebrations.

Set up interviews
Set up in-person meetings with three to five potential photographers who are available on your wedding date to look at more of their work and assess whether your personalities mesh. Be prepared to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you envision for your photos.


Make sure your personalities mesh
In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces but is bold enough to go out hunting for great images. Above all, find one that puts you at ease and doesn't irritate you in any way. They'll be shadowing your every move with their camera from, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out. Follow these guidelines to locate the perfect photographer to document your day.
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