Choosing a photographer is something that’s on a laundry list of items that you need to check off in a few months time. Here are 3 things you should take into consideration when booking a photographer.
Yea, sure, you should definelty ask to see a full wedding gallery and, yes, you should absolutely want to make sure they can handle different lighting situations, etc. etc. BUT MY NUMBER 1 thing I think every bride should do before EVEN CONSIDERING booking is to talk to them. Talk. To. Them. Simple but oh so important.
Have a conversation with them. See if they’re interested in more than just your pocket book (Do people even still have those?). See if you VIBE with them.
They should be the swiss army knife of photographers. I carry safety pins, bobby pins and small rubber bands with me at all time.
I’ve helped a bridesmaid SAFETY PIN herself into a dress.
Don’t believe me….
I tagged in my teammate/2nd shooter, Lillian Jean Photography, because Y’ALL KNOW I had to capture these glorious memories.
Photographers are with you THE MAJORITY of the wedding. Sometimes even more than your soon-to-be husband. It’s true! So, you can see why it’s critical to the enjoyment and sanity of your day that you vibe with them, rely on them.
Maybe this goes along with number one, but you should make sure they want to tell YOUR story.
Your photos should be utterly you in every way. Getting to know a couple is an enjoyable part of my job. I want to know how you met, what you love most about one another. I think it helps me capture the couple before me.
It also helps steer clear of the monotonous locations that you see every other couple use. Not that they aren’t beautiful. They are. But why be every other couple when you can be you.
Mabye we can shoot in the local brewery you first said, I love you at. Or, in one case, on the seawall because that’s where they first caught eachother’s eye. Running down Ocean.
They sat on the steps remincing on that fateful day.
Finding someone that is invested in telling your story is priceless.
Finding a photographer that sees the importance of details.
I’ve been a bride. I remember stressing, STRESSING over every single little detail. Mainly, because I wanted to infuse so much OF US in it, that maybe I took it to a nuerotic level.
But every single detail my husband and I curated were very important to me, because they collectively told the story of US. And that’s what that day was all about. It was about us and our love.
Having a good balance of photo journalism (in the moment type of photos) but also curating, styling and photographing the details. From my cobalt blue suede shoes to the earrings my grandmother bought me. It all mattered.
You want that balance, friend. That’s what tells the best stories I think.
I hope this has reached you and helped you on your journey to finding the perfect photographer.
Photographing is more than just being good technically. It’s an expression. It’s art. It’s the story you.