What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

Bringing on your wedding photographer is a huge task and one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your day. If you feel the task is daunting or you don’t know where to start, here are some helpful things to think through! 

  1. What style of photography are you looking for? 
  2. When you imagine your wedding day gallery, what are you hoping to see? 
  3. What would you like included in the package? (hours of coverage, engagement session, second photographer, etc.)

Here are a handful of important questions to ask when searching for your wedding photographer! 

First, ask about the basics + logistics! 

  • Are they available for your date? 
  • How many images will you receive? 
  • What’s included in their package or packages? 
  • How long does it take to receive your gallery? 
  • How many hours of coverage are included? 
  • Is an engagement session included?

Asking these questions will give you a great starting point because it’ll give you the basic info you’d need to know. Is what they offer in line with what you are looking & hoping for on your wedding day?

If you’re unsure of what you want or if you don’t know the answers to all these questions, we always recommend hopping on an introductory call — even if your plans are still up in the air.

It’s helpful to meet your potential photogs and get all the info you’d need in order to make a decision. 

Do you like their photography style? 

  • How does a full gallery of theirs look? 
  • Do you like how they edit/color their images? 
  • Are you drawn to their work? 

There is no right or wrong answer to these questions! It’ll all boil down to what you like and what you are looking for. Are you looking for images that are edited a little brighter? A little moodier? Are you drawn to a more natural, true to life coloring style? 

Does their gear have a dual card slot?

This one is HUGE! Make sure your photographer has gear that has dual card slots. This is a non-negotiable for us. You want to make sure that your images are protected. SD cards can corrupt and fail. A dual card slot just means that when they take an image, it is copied onto two cards at once. This means that if one does end up corrupting (which can and does happen!), the image will also be on a second SD card as a backup. Photography is a huge investment. Make sure you hire someone with gear that will properly protect your memories.

Do they send over a contract? 

This is another non-negotiable. A contract is meant to protect not only your photographer but you! If your photographer (or even any other potential vendor) doesn’t have a contract, you can always ask for one, but a seasoned photographer should already have one on hand and ready to send over. 

Contracts should list out their clauses, such as what happens if you reschedule your wedding, their payment policies, what happens if they can’t make your wedding, etc. Life happens. There can be emergencies, whether on your end or on theirs. You want to make sure you have a contract that protects you! 

Do you see yourself getting along with them? 

Your photographer will be with you all. day. long. You will likely even be with them longer than you’ll be with each other. Make sure you can see yourself getting along with them! You want to find someone whose personality you can mesh with, and who you can even see yourself being friends with. 

Can you request a shot list? 

This varies per photographer. Some allow a shot list where you can list out all the images you’d like to take (i.e. a list of poses you want to have). Other photographers work best without one. Think through what your preference is. If you know you’ll have an extensive and lengthy shot list, you’ll want to find a photographer that will allow one. 

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