Picking a wedding photographer can be an overwhelming experience. There are so many photographers with many different styles. To make it even more confusing and overwhelming, the prices of wedding photographer can range from $500 to $10,000 or more. Here are three solid tips to help you find that perfect photographer for your wedding day:
1. Love their work. Loving the photographer’s work may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s surprising how many couples make this secondary. Ask yourself why on earth you would hire someone if you are not head-over-heels in love with the way they portray a wedding day. Don’t let this point fall by the wayside.
2. Personal connection. After you have found that winning photographer and their work just speaks to you, it’s extremely important to find a personal connection. You want a photographer you can feel comfortable with, a photographer you have no problem being yourself in front of. Imagine the most annoying person in the world is holding camera and telling you to smile and be happy. You can’t do it. Your face would show how annoyed and uncomfortable you are. That’s why you want someone who you feel 100 percent comfortable with. Someone looking at your photos 30 years ago will see exactly how uncomfortable you felt on your big day.
3. BudgetSo you found someone whose work really speaks to you. You have such a connection with them and you’re super excited. This brings us to budget. I know what you’re thinking: Why didn’t you put this at number one? It’s a valid question. To be honest, it seems logical that it should be first. But there’s a reason it’s last. Imagine you found a photographer who was below your budget. His work was OK, nothing special, and you really didn’t care for his personality. In fact, if he were not your wedding photographer, you probably wouldn’t want to be in the same room as him. But his price is well below your budget and it leaves room to get the wedding shoes you always wanted or something else.The wedding day comes and goes and you finally get the images back and you are disappointed. Images are out of focus, off center. Eyes are shut; moments are missed. It’s not what you expected. What are you to do? You can’t go back and re-shoot your wedding, can you? No, there’s really nothing that can be done. When you forget points one and two and go straight to budget, you are sacrificing the opportunity to truly love your wedding pictures. Now maybe you’re reading this and saying to yourself, “I really don’t feel passionate about wedding photography. If that’s the case then this post is not for you. You may be reading this and saying, “Michael, I found the perfect photographer. Their work is amazing and i love the connection I have with them. Problem is, they are a little out of my budget. Here’s my advice: You will regret getting chair covers for the wedding over