When searching for a wedding photographer keep in mind that this is the person that will capture your one & only WEDDING DAY & who will be with you more on that day more than your future husband! But really, your photographers will probably arrive in the morning & stay until you make your grand exit! They will be one of the first to see you in your wedding dress, photograph that first look of you & your future hubby, your dad wiping away tears as he sees his baby girl before walking down the aisle, & capture all the joyful & sweet moments throughout the day! It’s a BIG deal and a huge honor!!!
Consider your style & vision for your wedding photos. Find someone who you like their work & you connect with them as well! Checkout their wedding galleries & ask yourself is the style consistent? Can I imagine myself in these photos? Do I like the look & feel of the photos? Do they showcase something I am looking for? Do they offer a second photographer?
Keep in mind most photographers’ gallery page or portfolio page is definitely not all of their work it’s a highlight of the best (are you wondering why? putting too many galleries would take away from the aesthetic of their site & look a bit cluttered). To see more of their work you can typically go to their blog & see more weddings & engagement sessions.
Most of the time you can check out a photographers blog & Instagram for their most recent work! Also look at testimonials from past brides. I am all about the stars hehe. When my husband & I go on vacation if a hotel or rental doesn’t have a certain star rating I don’t even look at it! I think it’s so important to read the reviews from past brides to see what their experience was with the photographer.
When I have meetings with my potential brides I tell them they want to find a wedding photographer, whether it is myself or another photographer whose photographs you look at & you can picture yourself in them! It needs to feel right to you & fit the style you envision for your wedding! This is your WEDDING DAY & one of the most important things at the end of the day (other than obviously marrying the love of your life) is that you feel 100% comfortable with the team you are working with, you trust them to carry out your vision, you feel relaxed & taken care of, & you have tangible memories of that day through your photographs & album!
Finding a photographer that you connect with & feel comfortable with will play a huge role when you are in front of the camera! How you feel in front of the camera will come back when you look at your photos in the future! If you felt relaxed & happy then you will remember that or if you were uncomfortable those emotions will come flooding back!
A talented photographer will ease your worries about being in front of the camera & coach you through the entire process while being kind, positive, & bringing out those sweet genuine smiles between you & your future hubs! This should be a fun & relaxing time for you both! Most people worry that they will look awkward or not sure what to do but are later relieved when they realize “Hey I look pretty good” & that’s totally normal by the way!!! Being in front of the camera can make people a little nervous but a skilled photographer will know how to offer an experience to their bride & groom & go above & beyond to help them feel amazing & relaxed & their photos will reflect that as well!
Also, I always recommend a second shooter because you can get so many more photos & different angles & expressions! I love weddings that my husband & I shoot together that are 2 photographers & at least 8 hrs! That’s usually the ideal scenario for capturing the whole wedding beginning to end to get all the precious details & incredible moments along the way!
It’s not just one day you are investing in, but a lifetime of treasured memories!!!
When considering the investment in your wedding photographer it’s important to seek guidance on how much wedding photographers cost in the area you will be getting married. Wedding planners are excellent at assisting you in navigating the wedding world & usually can recommend a few that are within your price range & fit your style!
Wedding photography is one of the best investment you will make in your wedding! Imagine if you have the perfect venue, beautiful decorations & florals, & stunning wedding dress but when you look back at your photos they aren’t captured the way you imagined! A talented photographer will know how to capture all of those details in a way that is beautiful, flattering, & fitting to your vision! They will know how to place things to get the right angles, best lighting situations, & how tell your love story in a way that reflects all the special moments & details of your day!
After being married going on 7 years I can tell you that memories fade & I cherish our wedding photos so much! I love looking back at them & relieving that special day & I want the same for my brides! Years from now you may forget all the little details but you will still be able to look back at your photos & be reminded of your wedding day & all the special moments it held! Your legacy of love! Photos you can pass down from generation to generation & show your children & then your grandchildren! These are photos you will treasure for a lifetime!!!
I hope this helps guide you to the photographer that is the best fit for you & if you would like to learn more about us & our process you can check us out here! Happy wedding planning friend!!!
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