I want to start off this post by saying that when choosing a wedding photographer, cheap actually turns out to become super expensive. What I mean by this is that when you hire a photographer solely based on what they charge, you will end up being unhappy with your final product because you didn’t look into the other more important aspects that I’ll state below. This ends up becoming expensive because you just lost your most cherished moments and you’re probably going to look for another professional who can hopefully salvage what you little you have left, which will end up incurring an extra cost. With the market being saturated with photographers from super affordable new photographers who just got their cameras to really expensive seasoned professionals, it can be really hard to decide what photographer would be the right fit to what you want, especially if this is your first time hiring a photographer. After all, you’re investing a huge sum of your wedding budget in your photographer. So let’s get down to the list:
- Your Budget – Even after explaining why cheap may ultimately be expensive, the budget still can’t be ignored. The best recommendation is to shop around. Try to find as many photographers in your area and send out your inquiry to all of them and wait for their responses. You’ll get a whole range of prices from really expensive to super affordable. But don’t stop here! Find out if you can meet each photographer and look out for the rest of the points.
- Reviews and End Product – I’ve been told about this countless times and it makes me really sad. “We hired our photographer who was cheaper than many but our wedding photos were so terrible!” On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve heard of really expensive photographers randomly cancelling last minute on the couple or walking out during the event. Talk about heavy disappointment! So if the photographer matches your budget, make sure you are happy with his/her past work and that you feel super confident you get the results you are expecting!
- Personality – On your wedding day, your photographer is basically your best friend. The photographer is with you the whole day! Getting ready, portraits, couple shoot, reception. It’s like he only time your photographer won’t be talking to you is during the ceremony. So think about this, wouldn’t you enjoy your wedding day better if you got along with your photographer and if your personalities matched? Plus, when your personalities match, your photographer is more able to incorporate YOUR STORY in the photos instead of complete documentation of what was happening. That’s a great touch to add if you ask me.
- Style – You may be recommended to a photographer by a relative or a close friend and end up jumping into hiring the same photographer right away. Hold your horses, love! I’ll tell you why. For me, my photography is based around the couple, their family and their closest friends (the groom and bridal party) and my photos lean towards a bright, vivid, warmer look. I know photographers who take really dark, low saturated photos and their clients love them for that! Other photographers base their photography around creative documentation only and involve as many wedding guests as they can. There is no right or wrong here. It totally depends on what you want as a client and you need to find out what you photographer will offer you in the end. That means you can’t be disappointed in your photographer when his style involves documentary only but you were expecting super romantic couple photos.
- Backup Equipment – If your photographer is a seasoned professional, he’ll probably have back up equipment to ensure no moment is lost in case of any malfunctions. But it’s always a good thing to look out for so that you have no worries at all on your big day.
I hope these tips helped you. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments!
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