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How to Decide on the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Are you in the middle of planning your wedding and have reached the need to find the Perfect Wedding Photographer?  Choosing the perfect photographer is not the easiest venture.  Your photographer will be the one capturing the most important day of your life.

You’ll want the pictures to be perfect, as they should capture every moment of your wedding, leading way to a storybook fairytale.

I have captured over 500 weddings over the course of my career, so I thoroughly understand the importance of choosing the right photographer.  As a professional who is adamant about providing my couples with everything they desire, I have learned that communication is key.

I have heard stories about couples who have hired photographers that just stand around at their weddings, shooting pictures at their convenience.  This is not the type of photographer you want to hire.  So how do you decide on the Perfect Wedding Photographer?

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  1. Ask Your Friends

Asking your friends should be the first step you take when beginning your search for the Perfect Wedding Photographer.  Friendships are bonds between people who typically share similar interests and aspirations as you.

If this is true for you, then your friends might have some recommendations that could save you the trouble of searching online.  If your friends have used a specific Wedding Photographer, take a look at their pictures to see if the style is something that flows with what you’re looking for.

  1. Research Online (Pinterest, Instagram, Wedding Blogs)

If you haven’t found the Perfect Wedding Photographer through “Word of Mouth”, then it’s time to start doing some research on your own.  This can be a thrilling and exciting process. You’ll be given the opportunity to brainstorm and explore a variety of photography styles.

Hop on Pinterest, Instagram, and a variety of Wedding Blogs to begin looking through portfolios of different Wedding Photographers.  Search hashtags such as: #WeddingPhotographer, #WeddingPhotography, #WeddingInspiration, and even #LuxuriousWeddings.

  1. Figure Out Your Budget

This is a very important step.  It’ll quickly allow you to narrow down who you can and cannot hire as a photographer.  If you’re on a strict budget and looking for a small wedding, then it might be best to find a less expensive photographer.  Just keep in mind, that “you get what you pay for.”

I strongly recommend that you allocate your budget so that you can hire a talented and experienced Wedding Photographer.  This photographer should have a portfolio of pictures that vibe with your desired style.

After the food has been eaten, the band has wrapped, and the venue has closed their doors – you will always have the possession of your Wedding Photos and Wedding Albums.  So, invest in a photographer that will help you create these lifelong memories.

  1. Consult and Meet with the Wedding Photographer

Yay!  You’ve finally found a Wedding Photographer that has the exact style you have been looking for.  It’s time to call the photographer to set up a consultation.  During the consultation, there are four vitally important areas to cover with the Wedding Photographer.

First, you want to make sure your photographer is free on the day of your wedding.  If they aren’t and your date is not flexible, then it’s best to end the conversation so that you can continue your search.

Second, you want to discuss your budget and/or how much they charge.  Make sure you both are on the same page and come to an agreement before moving forward.

Third, make sure your personalities flow. There is nothing more comforting than being able to bring on a photographer that you connect well with.  You’ll be spending a majority of the most important day of your life with this photographer.  I’m sure you can understand the importance of finding someone you like.

Lastly, you’ll want to discuss details and style.  The Wedding Photographer should have a portfolio featuring a variety of weddings with different styles.  You’ll want to find a style that you like so that your photographer knows exactly what and how they will be shooting your big day.

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