Planning a wedding is a lot of work. One one of the most important things to do early on is pick a wedding photographer. At the end of the day, your photo collection is the way you will re-live your celebration for years to come. So that collection of photos needs to really reflect who you are and how your day was.
But where do you start? I think it’s easier than you might think. Here are three things to consider as you decide who will document one of the most important days of your life.
1. How do the wedding photographer’s photos make you feel?
Most wedding photographers show images that they love. The kind of images they want to create. Do those images make you excited? Do they feel magical? Do you want to be the people in those images? If so, you’re on the right track.
Do you like things a little dramatic? Are you looking for something creative? Or do you want straight photo journalism? Maybe the photographer you’re considering does both during the course of a wedding day? Ask them!
2. When you look at a gallery or collection of images from someone else’s wedding day, are you compelled to look through the gallery to the end?
A good wedding photographer makes interesting images throughout an entire wedding day. Not just a few. Even cocktail hour photos should look good. You can always ask to see a gallery. Scroll through blog posts. If it looks good consistently, it is good. You’re looking for consistency. Also, are you getting a sense of the couple in the gallery even though you don’t know them?
3. Do you like the photographer?
Of course you can’t totally get to know your photographer before your wedding, but you can get a feel for who they are. Do they seem like the kind of person you could hang around with. Does their personality draw you in? Are they fun?
You are going to spend a fair amount of time with your photographer on your wedding. make sure you like their vibe.
If you use these three questions as a guide, you’ll likely find the right person for the job.