There are many factors to consider when choosing the right wedding photographer for you. I’ve listed some of the most important ones here, and I hope they are helpful.
Do you like the photos they’ve taken previously
Look through the photographers portfolio. Is this how you want your wedding day to be portrayed? Also try to see if the images are consistent in terms of editing and style so you know if you can expect the same.
Lighting is everything to photographers. And every photographer uses the light differently. Do you want light and airy photos? Dark and moody? All natural light or cool effects? You have to decide and go with a photographer that offers this, and don’t expect that you can tell your photographer what you prefer later on. Ask to see photos from a variety of lighting situations to make sure your photographer can handle it if you are in doubt.
Do you like the photographer
You should also meet with the photographer before booking – either on Skype or in person. You have to get along. After all you will be spending the whole wedding day together, and if you can’t relax and be yourself with them, then you probably won’t like the photos in the end either. Get to know them. Learn about their motivation and experience level.
How’s their story telling ability
Are they telling a story through their photos or simply taking pretty pictures? Is there details and overview photos? Pictures of guests enjoying themselves and all those little moments in between? Maybe you only want those posed shots of you all dressed up and that’s fine, but do pay attention to what the photographer is offering before making a choice. Just because someone’s a good photographer it doesn’t automatically make them a good wedding photographer!
What’s your budget
Can you afford them, or switch some things around in your budget to accommodate the price of the photographer you dream of? You likely won’t be sorry you did. After all after the day is over it’s the photos you have that are left to tell the story of your wedding. If they are lower in price than other photographers you should find out why. Maybe they are new and wanting to add to their portfolio. Maybe they are not including as much as others you are researching in their price- so do your research to find out why.
I urge you to go with your gut feeling. Oh- and here’s a list of questions to ask them. Good luck and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.