Choosing your photographer is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make when choosing the right wedding vendors. Photographs are a timeless heirloom, to be looked at and loved for many, many years to come. Selecting the right photographer who complements your personality, style and comfort level is a must. Here’s my guide to help you plan and choose!
Step 1: Choose your Style
To start your research, I always say to my potential brides that if you’re contacting me because you love my style, we will be a perfect fit as loving your images is the most important thing for you. To begin with, research images that appeal to you and then look for a common pattern. Are they all light an airy? all dark and moody? Do they have posed couples, natural, un-posed style and/or a photo journalistic style? Then set your sights on a photographer who can match what you’re looking for. Here at Photos By Daisy we do a mix of posed, un-posed and photojournalist style for our weddings.
Step 2: Research and Review
Start looking at The Knot Marketplace. Carefully review the photographers reviews. Check out the look and feel of their website. Does it match your vision? How do they interact with their brides? What is their facebook and instagram pages like? Here at Photos by Daisy we have an exclusive area for our brides. We are very fortunate to have worked with amazing couples! We are also fortunate to have received awards, been published and featured on several blog sites!.
Step 3: Meet them!
I can’t stress how important it is to meet and/or facetime with your photographer once your date is available. Personality and comfort level is a must to make your day run smoothly. Having a camera in your face on your wedding day is very unnerving, so photographers love to meet their brides before the big day, and here we make sure to gift an engagement session for that reason, to break the ice and get to know you!
Step 4: See a Full Wedding
Photographers showpiece their best work on their website that fit their brand and ideal client. A recent wedding gallery will allow you to see true weddings, in all their hustle and bustle glory and you’ll get a feel for locations that appeal to you, moments and how they photograph and what’s important for you to have captured on the big day. You should view getting ready shots, the ceremony, formals, candids and the reception.
Step 5: Make Sure Your Personalities Match
You have to work so closely with your photographer that involves a certain level of trust. Your images will take a couple of weeks to edit and prep for viewing (see your contract or ask for time frames) and you need to be able to talk openly, have fun and be yourself!
Step 6: Get the Delivery Details
To add on to step 5, what’s the deal after the wedding? what type of editing do they do? how long until you see the images? are you ordering products or just digitals? wedding albums then need to be designed and created and can take quite a few weeks! They are custom made and a professional, high quality lab should always be used.
Step 7: Prep for the Big Day
Your photographer is the professional, so they don’t really need an in-depth shots list, however your day-of timeline is important, as well as giving them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like out of town guests or grandparents etc) and let them do their thing. We always ask for details on family dynamics as it can be easy to put your foot in a situation you had no idea about (we’d like to avoid that). If you’d like your wedding featured in a blog or publication, be sure to tell your photographer as publications lean heavy on detail shots and your photographer can help you out.
We hope this helps you and Photos by Daisy loves to create custom packages to fit with each budget to get you what you love!
Congrats on your wedding!