When it comes to searching for a wedding photographer there are a few key things that you need to factor in when making your decision. Not every photographer you see is a good wedding photographer and may not be experienced enough to photograph a wedding on their own. This post is to help you see the difference between a good and a bad wedding photographer so you can book the right one for your day. Your wedding only happens once and your wedding photographs are one of the ONLY things left for you to remember it by, so it is VERY important that you choose the right photographer that knows what their doing and can create beautiful photographs for you of your once in a lifetime wedding!
Some things to look for in a photographer:
- Sharp, in-focus images – you don’t want blurry wedding photos.
- Good coloration – make sure their images don’t look yellow, blue, or any other weird, unnatural color.
- Great shots of key moments – father of the bride looking at the bride, bride and groom ‘first look’, etc.
- You want to see a full day wedding from start to finish (getting ready to end of the first dances). This will help you see the quality work they do for the entire wedding day and not just their ‘best’ shots. This will also help you decide if they will capture the photos you want captured. Most photographers take requests also for the photos you want. Ask them about this. You can view a few of mine HERE (<– click here!) as examples!
- Carefully selected and edited images – you want to find a photographer who carefully chooses the images and fully edits them. A good photographer will edit every wedding image so they look their best for you!
- Look for photographers that photograph the style you LOVE – hire a photographer that can give you the look and style of photographs your looking for in your wedding photography. Every photographer has a different style, some may be similar, but they are not the same.
- Read reviews and testimonials about each photographer – is the feedback from clients good? How does the photographer respond? How is their customer service? Do they keep to their word or are they consistently late? You don’t want to hire a photographer who has a ton of bad reviews.
- Meet with them – get together with the photographers your interested in to see if they are someone you want to work with. Most people don’t want to work with a photographer who is snotty or unprofessional. Make sure that you get along well together because you will be spending ALL day with them on your wedding and you want to be comfortable and relaxed. You also want to make sure that the person you are meeting with is the same person who will be with you photographing your wedding all day. Some large studios will have multiple photographers. If this is the case find out whom your photographer will be and get to know them to see if THEY are someone you want to work with on your wedding day. Contact me HERE (<– click here!) to book your consultation so we can see if we’re a good fit! I am located just outside of Marshall, MN near Ghent, MN. I can’t wait to meet you!
Some things to avoid like the plague:
- Don’t base your decision JUST on price – by doing this is a disaster waiting to happen. There’s the saying of ‘You get what you pay for.’ More often than not, wedding photographers whose prices are dirt-cheap are dirt cheap for a reason. Yes I agree that wedding photography is a huge investment but it is WORTH IT.
MAKE SURE that the photographer you’re looking at has good quality wedding and engagement photos. Remember: you only get one wedding, one chance to capture it perfectly; there are no redo’s. Don’t hire a photographer based on price only and regret not hiring a good quality professional photographer later after it’s too late. If you’re on a tight budget talk to the photographer about doing a payment plan. I offer payment plans to my clients for up to a year after the wedding date, I do this so that my clients can hire a professional photographer so they have beautiful professional portraits from their engagement and wedding day!!! To view our Wedding Welcome Guide to see our investment info click HERE (click here!)! Most of the good quality professional photographers are willing to work with you so you can get the quality wedding photography that you deserve and love.
- A portfolio of only details shots – it’s easy to take portraits of things that just sit still! Make sure you see full weddings that they’re photographed to make sure they know what they’re doing.
- Any weird effect on photos that looks straight off of Instagram – this is a telltale sign that they may be a newbie photographer. Some professional photographers will do these effects on a few select images for a different look, but make sure it’s not on ALL of the images.
- LOTS of images that are really slanted or highly tilted – another newbie crutch. A lot of the good professional photographers will also add some of the ‘dynamic diagonals’ into your wedding photography, but the entire wedding will not be that way. If they are, be careful, this more than likely is a newbie photographer who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
- The promise of receiving ALL of the images – this may seem like a really good deal to any bride looking for a photographer, but it’s something you want to stay away from. Good quality professional photographers will carefully select the best images to tell the story of your wedding day and fully edit all of them. They will never give their clients the poor quality photos. Newbie photographers who don’t know what to look for will often ‘promise’ you all of the images (this could be THOUSANDS of photos), including all of the blurry, eyes closed, or bad images, leaving you to fend for yourself and attempt to sort through them.
- Bad customer service – you don’t want to work with a photographer who is known to be hard to work with and doesn’t get things done when they say they’ll be done. Ask the photographer about what to expect when working with them and a timeline of how things will go once you book them.
- Don’t expect pro results out of an amateur photographer!
- Only provide you with a disc of images – this may seem like a great deal or what you think you want, but don’t do it. The good quality professional photographers want you to have professionally printed, top quality, amazing products from your engagement and wedding photography to display, not something bad quality from department stores. IF the photographer you decide to go with does only offer a disc of images, MAKE SURE you get them printed from a professional quality lab such as www.mpix.com (<– click here!). NOT at department stores or online sites like shutterfly, the quality will be horrible, colors will be off, and they won’t last.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and be sure to CONTACT ME (<– click here!) if you have any questions! Or shoot me an email to email@example.com (<– copy and paste this into your email!) I’m here to help and would be happy to answer any questions!!! 🙂 I look forward to chatting with you!!!!
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