HOW TO HIRE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE
Fine Art — Fine art wedding photographers are actively creating art while capturing the story of your day.
Photojournalistic — documentary coverage with an informal approach. Unobtrusively capturing the wedding day as a whole, not just the planned moments to tell your individual story.
Traditional — A traditional photographer appreciates the classical aspects of a wedding and will capture them for you with technical skill and efficiency. Traditional wedding photographers typically focus on capturing the details that are important to you, including family photos, décor, and other images that you provide on your photography list. Editorial — If you love the look of photography in magazines like Vogue, GQ, and Harper’s Bazaar, then you might like your wedding to be photographed with a similar feel. These photographers will plan each image and it’s style around their vision. Moody and Dark — A moody or VSCO-look means that your photographer edits their photos in such a way as to mimic film imagery (or they might be a hybrid shooter — shooting both film and digital).
Adventurous / Destination — Are you the couple that is adventurous or needs a remote location? Then you would want to consider finding a photographer that matches your personality to capture your vision. They are your personal paparazzi. If you and your loved one plan to use your wedding as a way to travel and explore, make sure you book someone who is willing to follow you wherever your wanderlust takes you. Finding a photographer who describes themselves as an adventurer is a must! This photographer will very likely be a combination of styles above.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
The best place to start is with referrals and matching with your personality. From these referrals see if the photographer matches your style by going onto their website and all social media platforms. That being said, don’t let this be the only factor in your decision. Photography is made up of a world of creatives. These individuals vary greatly in their social media skills. It is most important to move into the next step before setting your sites on just one photographer.
With this first email, you’ll want to be sure to ask the following questions:
Is the date available?
What are your latest pricing, packages, and contract information?
It is advisable to iinclude where the wedding will be and anticipated timeline.
How large the wedding party will be.
How many guests will be attending.
You will want to set up a phone consultation, during which you can ask about their approach to their work, what makes them love photographing weddings. Find out what you can expect from them on your wedding day and throughout your relationship. Photographers know this is a big decision, so don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable and well informed!
SET UP IN-PERSON CONSULTATION
The only way to truly get to know someone is to meet them, which is why in-person consultations are a must when choosing your wedding photographer! This interview will help you determine how comfortable you feel with the person behind the business. Like with any interview, the vibe you get from the person is just as important as the information gathered. Would you feel comfortable having this person follow you around with a camera all day? Do you feel confident when this person tells stories about past weddings they’ve done at your venue? Does the photographer respect your vision and goals for your special day? It can't be said enough, your photographer will be working with you before and after your special day so it’s a must to consider personality along with style.
By Dara N. King, Photographer & Owner Dara N. King Photography