Choosing Your Photographer: What to Look for and Questions to Ask

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Photography is often couples' number one wedding must-have.

Photos are an important part of the wedding because they allow you to capture memories in a snapshot. Post wedding, you can display your wedding photos in your home, in albums, and of course, all over social media so you can see them and relive them. Your wedding photos will tell the story of the day that you and your spouse became a family. Photography is one of the areas of your wedding that you really can't DIY. That means coughing up the dough and hiring a pro.

Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

The first part of your wedding photographer hunt is figuring out exactly what kind of photography you like and want: traditional, posed, candid, photo-journalism, artist, retro? We recommend spending loads of time looking at photos and seeing which style speaks to you and your partner. Perhaps you really love candid shots and more of the photo-journalistic style rather than traditional posed shots. Or maybe you love photographers who capture tons of details. No matter your style, do your digging to find a shutterbug who embodies the look you're going for.

Where to look for a wedding photographer:

  • Start by Googling “Wedding Photography (Your City Name)”
  • Visit local wedding expos
  • Browse Instagram for hashtags #yourcityweddingphotographer
  • Ask for recommendations from family and friends

Decide what's important to you in your wedding photography:

  • Style
  • Price
  • Personality (to help you feel comfortable)
  • Hours of Coverage
  • Additional products (albums + prints)

Find a handful of choices that you are interested in, and collect pricing information. If they are within your budget, book meetings to “interview” your photographers. When you have your meetings with your potential photographers, ask them the same list of questions so you can compare apples to apples:

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Questions to Ask a Potential Wedding Photographer

  • How would you describe your shooting style?
  • What experience do you have with photography and with shooting weddings?
  • Do you offer a free engagement photo session?
  • Will there be two photographers shooting the entire wedding?
  • How many hours of coverage are included in your fee?
  • Do you have experience shooting middle-aged/not-model-looking people?
  • Do you have experience doing wedding shoots with pets/handicapped people/any special requirement you have?
  • Can you travel to our wedding venue?
  • How many images will you share with us after the wedding?
  • Are your images copyright-free so that we can print them whenever and wherever we want?
  • How long do you display the images online after the wedding so that our guests can view them?
  • Are you willing to do traditional, posed wedding shots as well as candid moments?
  • Do you have experience doing detail shots?
  • What is your payment schedule/process like? 
  • What payment methods do you accept? Cash/Check/Venmo/Credit Card? (Gotta earn those rewards points!)

After asking these questions and really listening to the answers you are given, you should have the info you need to make a decision. To finalize your booking, reach out to your chosen photographer and ask to book your wedding date. 

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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

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