Brides and grooms often share with me that choosing the right photographer is one of their highest priorities when planning a wedding. I love hearing that! If I know that a couple values what I do, it makes working with them that much more special! More so than with any other vendor, couples spend a lot of time with their photographer; it’s important to be sure that you really connect and vibe well with that person! There are so many different styles of photography out there, so it’s a good idea to be familiar with what you like, before emailing and reaching out to a handful of photographers.
Here are some questions to think about and consider, before finding your perfect wedding photographer:
1 – “How important is photography to us?”
If I ever were to plan a wedding, photography would be very, very high on my list. That’s not the case for everyone, though, and that’s okay! If hiring a photographer is a top priority for you, solidify that decision first before too much of your budget goes toward other aspects of the big day.
2 – “What do we want our photographer to accomplish for us?”
Do you have a set of traditional portraits in mind? Are you all about the candid, unseen moments? When looking through a photographer’s portfolio, you will probably see one or the other (or in many cases, a combination of both)! I personally shoot a mix of styled and unplanned photos on any wedding day.
3 – “What style of photography do we like?”
Do you gravitate toward images that are light and airy, or dark and moody? Film or digital?
4 – “Do we want an engagement shoot as part of our package?”
If an engagement shoot is important to you, be sure your photographer includes one as part of his/her collections. When comparing different packages, it’s also a good idea to see what print/album services are being offered!
I hope these tips are helpful! If you take a little bit of time to think about these questions, your search for the perfect photographer will be much more simple! You’ll feel more prepared, and your photographer-to-be will appreciate your thoughtfulness and thorough planning (trust me). If you go into your search knowing exactly who/what you like, you should be able to find an amazing person to capture your wedding day!
"Paige's work is absolute perfection. She was one of the first vendors I booked and one of the easiest and sweetest to work with... She was warm and welcoming, and made us feel like we knew what we were doing. At our wedding, Paige was the biggest blessing. My gosh, are our photos beautiful. I can't thank her enough. They are everything we could have wanted!"
"Paige is so kind and helpful. She answered any questions I had leading up to my wedding in a timely fashion and she gave great tips for preparing for photos. I was able to focus on each moment and let Paige do her thing! Paige made me feel so comfortable. The photos we've gotten back are just gorgeous. Paige is professional, kind, and amazing at her job!"
"Paige is amazing! If you're considering her as your photographer, you will not regret it. As soon as we talked to Paige, we knew she was perfect! She was well-organized and made us feel so comfortable. She was such a trooper throughout the day, keeping it light and fun through the portrait process. Our photos are absolutely stunning. We'll cherish them for the rest of our lives!"
"Paige was our wedding and engagement photographer, and both experiences were fantastic! Paige is such a warm and welcoming person that my husband and I felt at ease in front of the camera. She's totally down-to-earth and so fun to work with. She photographed our wedding day so beautifully and made sure to capture every detail... We will treasure the images forever!"
"I can't even begin to explain how amazing Paige was when she shot our wedding! She knew exactly what to do to make my husband and I feel like our best selves, and her photos captured our love perfectly! Paige is so professional and essentially kept everything running smoothly before our ceremony began. Not to mention, her photos are the most beautiful I've seen!"