Choosing the right wedding photographer is akin to finding a kindred spirit who will document one of the most significant days of your life. It’s about more than just photos; it’s about trust, connection, and an unspoken understanding. Let’s delve into this journey as if we were relaxing by the sea in Europe, sharing stories, dreams, and aspirations!
Imagine we’re chatting over a charcuterie board by the seaside. I’d share stories about my puppy, the latest podcasts I’ve been indulging in, and my admiration for recent bridal collections. This relaxed conversation sets the tone for how choosing a photographer should feel: You spend so much time with them on your wedding day, but that the process should feel seamless, like choosing a friend you want to relay details to every step of the way, and have full trust in documenting your closest memories.
Understanding Each Other: The rapport between you and your photographer is crucial. They will be with you through some of the most intimate, emotional moments of your life! Do their personality and style resonate with you? Can you see them as more than a vendor, but as someone you’d willingly share details with? Not all photographers prioritize connecting with their couples, so if this is something you value, be sure the one you’re hiring does, too.
The Industry Noise: Wedding planning can be overwhelming with endless choices (although I have a great blog post all about staying true to you while planning that will make it easier!). There are countless things you could spend your hard-earned dollars on, including florists, DJs, planners, etc… and everyone on social media seems to be telling you what you need on a day that’s supposed to be tailored to your dream. Your photographer should ease this process, seamlessly integrating their services with your vision, and connecting you with vendors who resonate with your style.
Comprehensive Coverage: What does their service include? Is there a second photographer? It’s essential to understand how they will capture your day. If you’re unsure of how much coverage you’ll need, then don’t be afraid to inquire and ask! But when you get the answer, you should be confident that every important aspect of your day will be documented with deep care and attention to detail.
Delivery and Extras: I offer an online gallery delivery system, a print shop directly linked to your gallery for high-resolution prints, and even options for custom cards for all occasions. My service extends beyond just capturing your day; it’s about preserving those memories in tangible forms!
The Photo-Books Option: Consider photographers who provide additional keepsakes like photo-books. These are not just albums; they are stories of your love, bound together. Imagine having a physical book of photos that can be used as family heirlooms for generations to come! Hiring a photographer who already offers this service will ensure that you’re getting the most high quality, long-lasting albums that are harder to find elsewhere.
Full Galleries: Always ask to see full galleries. You want to ensure their style is consistent throughout varying lighting and settings of a wedding day. There’s only so many photos we can share on Instagram, so viewing a full gallery also allows you to have a deeper understanding of both our photography and editing style. Plus, you’ll have an example of what moments your own wedding gallery could be filled with!
Prioritizing Moments: How does the photographer adapt to different moments of the day? Their approach to capturing your wedding should align with your vision of being fully present and immersed in your celebration. There are many different types of photography styles, so make sure you completely resonate with the style your dream photographer has chosen! Otherwise, you’ll have trouble fully trusting them, which greatly affects the way your photos turn out.
As we imagine our seaside chat coming to a close, remember that selecting your wedding photographer is a journey of finding someone who aligns with your vision and values. It’s about choosing a person who will not only document your wedding but will add to the joy and ease of your day! Trust your instincts, prioritize connection, and choose someone who understands the essence of your love story. When you’re ready to get in touch with me, you can start here! I can’t wait to hear from you.