How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Photographer
When you finally say “I do,” you should be celebrating your new nuptials without a care in the world. And you deserve it. After all those months of planning, you don’t want to miss a thing, so hiring the perfect wedding photographer is crucial. You need someone you can trust, who understands you as a couple and can capture every magical moment, from the romantic first kiss to the wedding dance to all the hilarious speeches. Don’t know what questions to ask or where to start? We’ve got you covered. We enlisted the help of wedding photographer Kym Ventola. Read her advice below.
When you’re clicking through a photographer’s portfolio, think about how it made you feel. Did it leave you saying “wow” or feeling connected to his or her work right away? You should definitely be moved by the imagery and visualize yourself in similar scenarios, or start dreaming of what you could do together on the day. This is where gut instinct plays a crucial role.
You’ve finally hired “the one,” but every time you email, you don’t hear back from the studio manager for days or even weeks! If your photographer isn’t replying in a timely fashion, then it may be a red flag, and a lack of communication can spell disaster before, during, and after your wedding. Try to figure out a way to work together seamlessly from the beginning so you aren’t left hanging on your special day. Everyone should be clear from the outset.
You want to feel like the photographer is part of the family too, so set up a meeting over the phone, via video chat, or in person, and then trust your instincts. Did you laugh together? Did you connect? Did you feel comfortable? You should probably answer yes to all three of those; you’ll be spending a lot of time with that photographer on your wedding day.
For new bride Samantha Thompson, it was important to find a photographer whose work she really loved, but it was even more crucial to find a person she also wanted as a guest at her wedding: “There are really talented people out there, but if you can’t picture them blending well with your family and friends, it’s inevitably going to cause issues on your wedding day!” We couldn’t agree with you more, Sam.