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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Updated: Sep 22


Photographer: Arista Imagery


Choosing the right wedding photographer can be daunting, but it's essential to ensure that your special day is captured just the way you want it. The first step is to discuss with your partner how much you would like to allocate to photography. Next, begin the search for a wedding photographer once you determine the style of photography you love.


Once you know what you're looking for, you can narrow your search to photographers specializing in that style. Look at their portfolio, social media, website, and recent reviews. Reviews from previous couples can be a great way to understand a photographer's work ethic, communication skills, and overall experience. Don't be swayed by one or two bad reviews, but if you see a pattern of negative feedback, it may be a red flag. Find a photographer who is experienced in shooting weddings.


Make it a priority to get on their calendar as soon as possible. Great vendors book up very fast. Schedule a time to meet virtually or in person. At L Prestigious Events, we arrange this on your behalf. As you get ready for the meeting, gather Inspiration and Ideas. This could include mood boards and color palettes.


Photographer: The Pros Weddings


Here are some key tips to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding:


How long have they been a photographer?


Do they provide a second shooter? Having a second shooter on your wedding day can be a great addition to your photography team. Not only will you get more coverage of your special day, but you'll also have the opportunity to capture different angles and perspectives. With two photographers, one can focus on one party getting ready while the second shooter captures the other. During the ceremony, one photographer can capture the bride walking down the aisle, while the other captures the groom's expression as he sees his bride for the first time. During the reception, one photographer can capture the first dance, while the other captures the reactions of family and friends.


Generally, couples should aim to have at least three photographer options. This allows you to compare different styles, pricing, and packages to find the best fit for your needs and budget. Ultimately, deciding how many photographer options to consider is totally up to you two. Remember to Add these appointments to your calendar. L Prestigious Events couples use our virtual office in their Aisle Planner's calendar to stay organized.


Ask what equipment will be used on the wedding day (lighting, tripods).


Discuss all the logistics with the potential photographer before signing a contract. This includes the hours they will be shooting, the minimum number of photos you can expect to receive, their cancellation policy, and any additional fees. Ask if an engagement shoot is offered and included or separate. Note that a contract isn't valid unless both parties sign off.


Share if there will be a first look, first touch, or last dance.


Photography: The Pros Weddings


Choosing the perfect wedding photographer takes time and effort, but it's worth it to ensure that your special day is captured just the way you want it. These tips were created to help prepare you for your meeting with potential wedding photographers. Asking these questions can help you better understand the photographer's experience, style, and approach and can help you make an informed decision when selecting the right photographer for your wedding day.


Photography: Aida Malik Photography


Good luck!


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