Choosing the Right (Budget-Savvy) Wedding Photographer

Taken by Christopher Bell Photography

Taken by Christopher Bell Photography

I mentioned in my Bridal Show post how I met the photographer Josh and I decided on. As promised, this post is all about how to choose the right photographer and features our chosen photographer: Christopher Bell Photography.

So in easy-to-read bullet points, here's what you need to know:

You gotta shop around. To select a wedding photographer, you have to do your research! Now's the time to read all you can on their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest pages.

Pay attention to wording. I have a friend who recently got married, and while she was looking for a photographer, she said, “If you look on their website and they have the word ‘investment' instead of ‘pricing', they're probably too high.” It's not always the rule, but it's a way to keep yourself in check when it comes to finances. Throughout my research, it was evident that many photographers choose not to include this information on their website, and I found that those who did I preferred them more than those who didn't.

Make contact. If you see a wedding photographer you're interested in, definitely make contact. I'm a big fan of e-mail. You can tell a lot about someone simply by their tone in an e-mail. A good photographer will likely be open and easygoing as opposed to forward and pushy.

Meet and greet. It's a great idea to meet with a potential wedding photographer before you sign the contract. Chris was great about meeting with us when he was near us (he's located about 2 hours from where we live), and that flexibility helped me decide they were the ones to go with.

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Vibes. I'm a big believer in vibes. Chris and his wife Rachel were easy to talk to, and they are genuinely interested in learning about the couple they're working with. They made it really easy to be mushy in front of them! Their personalities were the deciding factor for us.

Try a trial photo shoot. If you're feeling good about a wedding photographer, try them out! You can have them do an engagement shoot or another type of shoot (baby, family, etc.), to help you decide if you want them for the Big Day.

Style. The wedding photographer's style- in my opinion- is one of the most important aspects of choosing the right photographer. “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and you'll likely have this pictures up in your home. Be sure to choose someone whose style you really love.

Notability. A wedding photographer's notability can tell you a lot about their passion as a photographer. Ironically,Β  after I attended the bridal show, I was browsing this very site and found a wedding Chris did. The pictures were beautiful, which led me to go back and pull his info from the bridal show. It was that notability that told me to take a second look.

What are you looking for in a wedding photographer, or what helped you decide on yours? Let me hear from you! Happy Planning!

Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.Β 

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