How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding planning can be so much fun and can also be overwhelming!

So many decisions and vendors that come together to bring your wedding day to fruition. Here are some helpful tips on how to your wedding photographer.

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When should I book a wedding photographer?

You should start thinking about booking your photographer as soon as you have a date for your wedding. Photographers often book a year or more in advance so the earlier the better, especially for the busiest months. In your initial inquiry with a photographer, it’s always a good idea to include your wedding day, that way they can let you know right away if they have your date available.

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Photography Style

Browsing through wedding photographers work, you will quickly get a sense of the style of photography you are drawn to. Do you like light and airy or dark and moody? Do you like clean, classic and true to life or do you like highly stylized images? Take some time to look through options and see what catches your eye.

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Photographers  span the range as far as budget. When inquiring with photographers be sure to get a clear understanding of what is included in their packages and pricing. Are digital images included? How many hours of photo coverage do you get? Are you interested in including an album? What about an engagement session? These are all factors to consider and when comparing packages and thinking about your budget.

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Having a trusted team of professional vendors on your wedding day is key to a smooth day! Your photographer should be able to tell you how long they have been in the wedding industry and have a portfolio to back it up. It’s always a good idea to look at reviews too. Not only should their work be professional, but it’s also important in the way they present themselves and take care of you on your special day!

bride and groom first dance at Joseph Ambler Inn

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Once you find a photographer who interests you reach out to arrange a phone call. This is your chance to asks questions and get a sense of the photographer’s personality and presence. Your photographer will likely be with you most of your day and it’s important that your personalities mesh. You want to be around good people on your wedding day!



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  1. Julia says:

    This is so helpful! Personality definitely makes a difference with getting along well with a photographer!

  2. Tonya says:

    These are some great tips when looking for a wedding photographer.

  3. Karen says:

    Ohh, awesome advice! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amber says:

    Those wedding rings are gorg!! This would have been helpful when I was planning my wedding. 🙂