Finding the photographer for your big day shouldn’t be a stressful situation. While a talented photographer is an important aspect, loving their editing style and “clicking” as people is necessary for a great wedding experience. Meeting up for a consultation is an easy step in finding the perfect fit for you. There are a few things that you may want to look over and check off before that step. Do you know your location, date and budget? Most photographers are booking out their wedding season 6-12 months in advance and those holiday weekends go fast. Knowing your day-of details will quickly let you know if a photographer will be available for your day. Have you followed them on social media and been to their website? Don’t just pick a photographer at random; you want to get a feel for their work and know what kind of images to expect for your big day. We recommend inquiring once you have narrowed it down to one or two choices and having a consultation.
Don’t be scared off by a clean and simple website. While it is important to know that not everyone has enough experience to be a wedding photographer, a seasoned pro will gladly provide you with example galleries of their work if you would like to see a sample of a full wedding day.
Don’t be intimidated by pricing. Know your budget, but also be aware that with experience comes a cost. An experienced photographer knows how to help run your wedding day efficiently and has the knowledge and equipment to deal with the many situations and lighting conditions that inevitably come up at every wedding. A cheaper option may seem appealing at first, but the quality is in a good experience and solid photos of your day.
Ask questions. Once you have read through a photographer’s guide, or frequently asked questions page, and you have questions, ask away. That is what a consultation is for! Most photographers want you to be as informed as possible way before your big day and will gladly help you through any concerns you have.
Know that an engagement session is a big deal! We often stress an engagement session, however, not is it only a great way to get better acquainted with your photographer, but also it helps us learn how best to photograph you before such a high pressure situation as your wedding day. It is more than just a good opportunity to get cute “save the dates,” it helps us get to know what will look best on your big day!
Lastly, once you have made your selection and locked in your booking, relax and trust that your photographer knows what they are doing! A stress-free day is just as important to us as it is to you!