Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means—wedding season! As you get older, it seems like you’re watching someone new tie the knot every other weekend, especially in the summer months.
It may seem distant now but before you know it, you’ll be next! It’s never too early to start thinking about the best way to plan your own wedding. Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make after saying yes, but if you do it right than it can lift so many burdens off your shoulders.
Follow these tips for guaranteeing a set of wedding photos that perfectly capture the love you’ll feel when the big day arrives!
1.) Book early.
The best photographers book up fast. Some people secure their photographer months, or even years in advance. If you want to end up with the person who’s the best fit for you and your fiancé , book early so you don’t have to settle for someone just because they’re available!
As soon as you book a venue and set the date, your next call should be to your top choice photographers.
2.) Hire someone you like.
You’ll probably be spending more time with your photographer on your wedding day than anyone else—maybe even your spouse-to-be! Make sure you go with someone you’re comfortable with, who makes you feel at ease. Meet with your photographer in person before you book to ensure you get along and share the same values when it comes to what’s important for canonizing your wedding.
Your interactions should feel natural and the photographer should be able to help guide you and make suggestions without being intrusive. Hiring a wedding photographer you can trust to capture the most important day of your life will give you a significant boost in confidence, and a lot less to worry about on your wedding day.
3.) Read reviews.
Do your research and take the time to see what former clients have to say about a photographer. This is the best way to evaluate them and get a true sense of what their strengths and weaknesses are.
Ask to speak or email with clients directly so you have the opportunity to ask the questions that are most important to you. This will also prevent you from falling victim to fake reviews that some companies pay to have on their website.
4.) Ask to see a full wedding.
The only way to get the most accurate impression of a photographer’s abilities is to survey the gallery for an entire wedding. This will give you the chance to ensure their images are consistent in quality and style—and that a photographer isn’t just picking and choosing things to show you that they think you want to see.
See how they handle different scenes and changes in setting. Do they maintain the same quality in outdoor lighting as they do indoors? Can the capture both candid and posed moments throughout the entire day? Observe their strategies when it comes to posing and lighting, and other important aspects of their methods that their website may not offer.
5.) Choose someone that fits your style.
Go through a photographer’s body of work and see how their images make you feel. Sure, some of their prints might be magazine quality, but can you see yourself in their pictures? Does the tone they set and carry throughout their work reflect who you are and what you want out of your wedding photos?
Look closely at how a photographer poses their subjects, sets a scene, and expresses creativity. What emotion does their work invoke—and is it compatible with who you are and what you value?
Your wedding is one of the most important—if not the most important—days of your life. Invest in a passionate photographer with experience and a unique vision for each and every wedding they shoot.
At Stephoto LLC, we’re dedicated to capturing your memories as they are and the emotions they represent. Contact us today to immortalize the next important chapter of your life!