You’re getting married! This is an incredibly exciting season in your life. You can envision it all – the venue, the dress, the decorations! It’s officially time to turn your dreams into real-life wedding plans. The best way to preserve your wedding day to relive time and time again is with your wedding photos. So now you ask yourself, “How to find the best wedding photographer?” As a professional wedding photographer, here is some of my best advice on finding the wedding photographer of your dreams.
I highly recommend starting locally for your search for the best wedding photographer. Local photographers are most likely to have already worked with your wedding venue. They will know the best spots to capture photos and have a game plan in mind for getting the best images for your day. You may even be able to find examples of photos at your venue on their website or social media!
Instagram is an amazing place to find local wedding photographers. This is a social media platform photographers love to hangout on! It will also give you an instant portfolio to see examples of their work. Search for local photographers in the search bar or in hashtags! You can also try your favorite search engine like Google or Pinterest.
One question to ask yourself when looking for the best wedding photographer is “What’s the editing style I’m most drawn to?” An experienced wedding photographer will have an established editing style. It may be light and airy, dark and moody or rich and colorful. All photographers have a unique brand and way of editing their photos. Finding a wedding photographer with an editing style that you love will ensure you’re obsessed with your wedding photos for years to come!
Another tip to help you find the best wedding photographer is to check the photographer’s experience in the wedding industry. How long have they been photographing weddings? Do they have a broad and established portfolio? These are important questions to ask yourself as you consider hiring them for your wedding. An experienced wedding photographer will know how to pose you and your spouse to capture the most authentic moments. They will know how to scout out the best lighting and location for photos at your venue.
An experienced wedding photographer will feel like a friend you can lean on throughout your wedding day. The chaos and stress is nothing new for them! They can direct your wedding party and family members with ease to make photos move quickly and smoothly. A photographer with less experience may be more unsure and take longer to capture all of the images you want.
You will spend almost your entire wedding day with your photographer close by. You want to make sure they are someone you would easily get along with and extend an invitation to as a friend. Check their website and social media to learn more about who they are as an individual. Do you have common interests? How do they describe themselves? Hiring a photographer who feels like a friend will significantly reduce the amount of stress you’ll experience on your big day!
Your wedding day is one you will always remember! Years down the road, you and your loved ones will be flipping through your wedding album with joy and delight. Hiring the best wedding photographer will determine how you remember and look back on that special day. You will never regret a decision to invest in the best wedding photographer possible. However, I have heard people who have regretted not investing more into their wedding photos. Your wedding day is one you will never get a do-over for, make the photography from those moments count!
I hope this advice answers your question “How to find the best wedding photographer?” and leaves you feeling confident and excited! Best wishes on your special day!
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