This was my favorite post to write…hmmmm, wonder why? 😉
I think the most important part of finding your photographer is clicking with them as a person. You spend soooooo much time with them, it’s kind of a big deal! Not only do they spend 6-10+ hours with you on your wedding day, they’ll spend 3-4 hours with you at your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (not all photographers do this, but we do and we include it for free), they’ll spend 2-4 hours with you at the consult, picture viewing and emailing about your wedding.
You also want to make sure you like the style of your photographer. Do they show a lot of formals, but you want more candids? Do they do extensive Photoshop work and you want to see more natural shots? Do they show a lot of candids, but you want more formals? Chances are the photographer who shows a lot of candids can do formals just fine, but her favorite shots are candids. Just ask to see more!
What is your budget? Make sure you only contact photographers around your budget. A lot of times photographers will list starting prices and/or sample packages. If your budget is under what’s listed on their website, it might not be worth contacting them. Now, if you LOVE their work, maybe ask if they have some options for you. Some photographers allow you to order prints, albums and DVDs after the wedding. The only downside to this is that the pricing might go up when you’re ready to order. By purchasing everything before the wedding, you can lock in the current prices.
Harsh truth – most photographers will require the full balance before the wedding. Some photographers will let you do a payment plan.
Make sure you start looking for your photographer soon! Some photographers book very quickly! This is especially important if you are getting married on a popular date!
Do you want someone fun? Well, that’s us!