Top Ten Tips For Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Tips for choosing a wedding photographerAs your big day approaches, one of the many big decisions that need to be made is your choice of wedding photographer. At first glance, they might all seem the same. Unfortunately however, this is a misconception that has led to many regretful brides.

Should you find yourself trying to choose the perfect photographer for your wedding, here are ten simple tips for doing just that.

Know Your Budget

Most people are surprised to learn that wedding photography typically amounts to around twelve percent of the overall wedding budget. The best way to start your search is therefore to write down exactly how much you can, and cannot, afford to spend.

Know What You Want

Different photographers provide different services and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, finding it obviously isn’t going to be easy. Here are a few questions that you’re going to want to answer:

  • Do you want a photographer just for the ceremony or for the entire day?
  • How many photographs would you like? This can range from a hundred to a few thousand.
  • Should printing/binding be included? Most photographers provide this service, but some don’t.
  • Do you need digital copies?

Insist on Exact Prices

Most wedding photographers are honest. Like any industry however, there are a few bad apples. It’s therefore important to be on the lookout for hidden charges. Regardless of what services you are looking for, you should be dealing in exact figures, not estimates. And if a photographer can only provide the latter, they should be avoided.

Take Your Time

Wedding photography is big business and as a result, you might be surprised by just how many wedding photographers can be found in your area. Like many aspects of wedding planning, it’s important to take your time and shop around. While there’s no denying the value of recommendations from friends and family members, the best place to start your search is online.

Love Their Portfolio

In many ways, wedding photography is more of an art than a science. And where there’s art, there’s differences of opinion. You therefore need to find a photographer whose style preferences you agree with. This is where a photographers portfolio comes in. Don’t even think about hiring a wedding photographer until you have both poured over their past shots and been delighted by what you’ve seen.

Look for Experience

Experienced wedding photographers tend to be a lot calmer and this is important when things get hectic. They’ve had the time to master their craft and more importantly, they’ve had to time to learn how to put people at ease. There’s also the small matter of timing to consider, very few beginners have it. And timing can often mean the difference between that perfect shot getting taken and getting missed.

Don’t Forget Personality

Next, there’s the small matter of personality, don’t forget about it! It’s a wedding photographers job to interact with you during the happiest moments of your life. It’s therefore pretty important that you actually like the guy. When interviewing potential candidates, take note of how easy they are to talk to. Ideally, you want to hire somebody who can put you at ease. The more comfortable you are around your photographer, the better your photos will be.

Ask About Back Up Plans

Don’t even think about hiring a wedding photographer until you have spoken to them about their contingency plans. What happens if their camera malfunctions? What happens if they fall ill on the morning of the wedding? A professional will have no problem answering such questions. An amateur, on the other hand, will have no problem leaving it up to faith.

Ask for References

Speaking of the difference between amateurs and professionals, a professional wedding photographer will have plenty of glowing testimonials for you to read. Don’t be fooled by fancy websites, anyone can invest in the skills of a web design company. What you want is something that can’t be faked, a long line of happy clients. Don’t be afraid to ask to contact past clients either. It’s a request that’s both reasonable and common place.

Book Early

Finally, once you’ve chosen a particular photographer, contact them as soon as possible. The best wedding photographers tend to be in pretty hot demand during the peak wedding season. An early reservation can therefore easily mean the difference between getting who you want, and having to settle for somebody else.

Author Bio:

Henry Gale is an event planner at He has handled many a high profile events in Calgary and has ample experience of working in demanding environments. In his spare time, he indulges in his hobbies of sketching and writing.

One Response to Top Ten Tips For Choosing a Wedding Photographer

  • Laverne says:

    A good wedding photographer is invisible. He/she gets the shot without getting in your face. Good photographers are rare. Having a camera is not enough.

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