Hiring A Wedding Photographer
Paperia | April 2014
After you have finalized your wedding date and selected your venue(s), you’ll want to start researching who to hire as a photographer. Typically, the most talented and sought-after photographers will book weddings over a year in advance, so in order to have the best and most options, start early!
What’s more, if you are planning to use engagement shoot photos on your Save-the-Date cards or wedding invitations, all the more reason to hire your photographer ASAP.
There are a ton of web resources available to help you identify wedding photographers local to your venue. Some of the most popular and robust sites include:
• The Knot – vendors sorted by category and city, has great inspiration for wedding ideas
• Wedding Wire – sorted by category and zip code, has great reviews from prior couples
• Style Me Pretty – sorts vendors by category, location, AND specific feature, such as “eco-friendly” or “handmade”
You can utilize these sites to identify photographers, view examples of their work in online galleries, and read reviews about past customers whom they’ve served. These things alone should allow you to narrow down a list of 4 – 6 prospective photographers. These are the people you will want to call and speak with. Some ideas of preliminary questions you will want to ask may be:
• Availability on your wedding date
• Experience shooting at your venue(s)
• Types of product offerings – i.e. would you like prints, an album, a social media slideshow, an online showcase, etc.?
• Style – what type of photography are you seeking? Would you like more formal, posed portraits, or a candid, documentary style?
• Packages and pricing – this information may not be posted publicly on their website, but they will usually email it to you after a phone conversation
Next, every photographer with whom you have a positive conversation, try to schedule an in-person consultation. It’s very important to meet the photographer you hire in person, because you will want to see the quality of their printed products as well as gauge your level of comfort with their style / demeanor / personality. You are going to be spending a LOT of time with them on your wedding day, after all!
The Knot has a wonderful guide with more details about how to start the process of selecting a wedding photographer. You can check it out, here.