15 Top Tips on choosing your wedding photographer

15 Top Tips on photographing a bride and groom at their outdoor wedding venue

Find your Perfect Wedding Photographer Match

Fifteen top tips on finding the perfect match for your special day and ensuring your wedding photographer tells your wedding story perfectly.

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Selecting the right wedding photographer is crucial to make or break your big day memories. Your wedding photos will be cherished for years to come, so finding a photographer who can understand your vision and capture the essence of your special day is essential. Here are 15 tips to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer:

1. Start your search early:

Begin your search for a wedding photographer early in your wedding planning process. Popular photographers are often booked months, if not years, in advance. So, research and book your photographer well to ensure you get the desired photographer.

2. Determine your budget: Wedding photography varies greatly in price, so it’s important to determine your budget before you start your search. Decide how much you want to spend on photography and stick to your budget while selecting a photographer.

3. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and other vendors. They may be able to recommend a photographer they’ve worked with in the past who would be a great fit for your wedding.

4. Look at online portfolios: Browse through photographers’ online portfolios to assess their style and quality of work. Look for a photographer whose style resonates with you and who has experience shooting weddings similar to yours.

5. Meet with potential photographers: Schedule meetings to discuss your wedding vision and understand their personality and communication style. This will help you determine if they know your vision and are a good fit for you.

6. Consider their personality: Your photographer will be with you throughout your wedding day, so choosing someone you feel comfortable with and whose personality matches yours is crucial. I do pride myself on the fact that many of my reviews say that couples and guests hardly notice me; however, there are still certain parts of the day when we head off for couple photos where you really must feel at ease with your photographer.

7. Ask to see full wedding albums: Don’t rely solely on a photographer’s online portfolio to make your decision. Ask to see full wedding albums to understand their consistency and ability to capture all aspects of a wedding day. As well as asking to see albums, it might be worth asking to see a full online gallery; I have often shared these with prospective couples (with the permission of the couple whose gallery I am sharing). 

8. Consider their experience: Look for a photographer who has experience shooting weddings similar to yours in terms of size, location, and style. An experienced photographer will be better equipped to handle any challenges on your wedding day.

9. Ask about their backup plan: Ensure your photographer has a backup plan in case of an emergency or equipment failure. You don’t want to be left without a photographer on your wedding day.

10. Discuss their editing process: Ask your photographer about their editing process and how they will deliver your final images. Ensure that you’re comfortable with their style and that they will provide the pictures promptly.

11. Discuss your timeline: Ensure your photographer understands your wedding timeline and can work within your schedule. You don’t want to be rushed on your wedding day or miss out on important moments because of a scheduling conflict. For all of my weddings, from micro weddings through to all-day packages with a second photographer, I send out a pre-wedding questionnaire; this ensures I have all the details to plan my day around exactly what you need

12. Ask for references: Don’t hesitate to ask for references from past clients. This will give you a sense of their experience working with the photographer and the quality of their final images. Alternatively, check out Google and Facebook reviews.

13. Check their availability: Ensure your photographer is available on your wedding date before booking them. You want to avoid falling in love with a photographer only to find out they’re unavailable on your wedding day.

14. Get everything in writing: Ensure you have a written contract with your photographer that outlines all the details of your agreement, including the number of hours of coverage, the number of final images, and the delivery timeline.

15. Trust your gut: Choosing a wedding photographer is a personal decision. Trust your instincts and choose a photographer you feel confident will capture your wedding day in a way that reflects your vision and personality.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the perfect wedding photographer for your special day. Remember, your wedding photos will be cherished memories you will treasure for a lifetime, so it’s important to choose a photographer who can capture the story of your wedding day in a way that you will always remember.

I love hearing about couples’ plans for their special day. Please learn more about how I work by visiting my website and scheduling a no-obligation wedding chat. I can’t wait to hear from you! Click below to learn more:

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