Look at a few highlight galleries of weddings from each photographer to get a sense of their quality and style. But realize that these are their best clips from multiple weddings, so once you like someone, ask to see a full wedding or two.
As you review photos, consider key moments you want to capture at your own wedding: Did this shooter get great shots you’d also like? Look for thoughtful compositions and that images and people are in focus (unless they’re meant to be grainy). Make sure people look relaxed, and not spooked by the camera.
3. Set Up a Meeting in Person, on Skype, or Over the Phone.
You can’t always properly vet a photographer by looks alone. Once you have a short list of people whose work you like — and you’ve determined they’re in your price range and are free on your date — try to set up a meeting to go over all the details. We can schedule the meeting for later in the evening after you get out of work!
Ask about what’s included in the standard package, plus any additional fees. In particular, find out how many hours of shooting are included. Most packages include about eight hours and cover everything from getting ready to the end of the reception. It’s usually better to pay for more coverage if there’s a chance you’ll run over, especially if you’re planning a big finale exit (overtime is normally charged at a higher rate).
Once you’ve chosen your photographer, sign a contract that has everything — from the date of the wedding and the hours they’ll cover to postproduction work and how you’ll receive the final product — laid out in black and white.
Once you hire a photographer, a pre wedding photo shoot kills many birds with one stone: It’s a great opportunity to get comfortable having your picture taken as well as have a built-in save-the-date photo. You’ll be able to give your pro feedback on what photos you liked and didn’t before your wedding day.
Follow us on Pinterest and start a board for how you want your engagement session to “feel” in terms of style, aesthetic, & lighting. We customize each photo session to match your individual inspirations.
Don’t waste time trying to get every last combo of grandparents, siblings and cousins. Stick to a few important shots, and ask your maid of honor or another member of the wedding party to help orchestrate them on the day of. Include whether you want shots in black and white or color, and don’t forget to mention any particular décor items you want captured (for instance, the DIY napkin holders you got carpal tunnel syndrome from weaving). While you’re sending these notes, attach a few photos of yourself that you think you look amazing in, so he’ll know how you want to look on your wedding day. And include any side notes about the actual day, like your grandma has a bad hip and can’t stand too long.
If you don’t want to miss a minute of your cocktail hour, schedule your portrait photos before the ceremony. Bonus: You’ll be less nervous to walk down the aisle and your hair and makeup will be perfectly fresh for the photos.
Try not to sweat the small stuff, like a relocation of your portrait shoot because of rain or your flower girl melting down during the family shots. And allow your photographer to keep you on schedule, to frame the shots and to know what will look best — remember, that’s why you hired them.
If you’re always looking for the camera, it won’t capture you quietly chatting with your new spouse or laughing with your friends. Your photographer should be the one worrying about capturing those moments — not you!