Before choosing a wedding photographer, you need to make sure you know what kind of photography you like and what you are looking for on your wedding day. Take a bit of time to figure out those items, and you will be able to find a photographer that is right for you.
Here are four questions you need to answer before you start your hunt for your wedding day photographer:
What kind of photography do I like?
Google wedding photography and take a look at the different sites and images that come up. Do you find yourself attracted to the more traditional images or do you prefer the candid images? Do you like black & white images or the bright, colorful images?
You’ll also want to think of your personal style. If your style is a bit more vintage, you might want to find a photographer who also has a vintage style. If you like modern style, look for someone with that same modern esthetic in their photography.
Take a few notes about what you like in your favorite images so you know what kind of photography style you like and would like for your wedding.
What are the most important parts of my wedding?
Deciding what is the most important part of your wedding day is the first step in deciding how much wedding day coverage you will need from your photographer. Also, prioritizing the most important parts of your day will help you make trade-offs, if required. Are photos of the cake cutting a must have? Or would you prefer dancing photos? Did you want getting ready photos? Or just the ceremony and formals? Or do you want as much coverage of the day as you can get? Understanding what is important to you will help you communicate your expectations to your wedding photographer.
What kind of product do you want to receive?
Think about how you are going to display your photos after the wedding or what you would do if someone asked to see them. How will you share your wedding photos with family or your future children? Did you want a large canvas to put above the couch, or an album to put on the coffee table? Will your parent’s want prints or albums? Did you want a CD of all the images? Jot down a list of photography products you would be interested in, so that you can ask photographers about those items when you meet with them.
What is my budget?
Hopefully you have worked out your entire wedding budget. Wedding photography can start under $1000 and go upwards of $10,000, with the average price of wedding photography being $2414.
You also need to understand what the budget needs to include. Does that price need to include the coverage? Or does your budget need to cover the time & products?
If you haven’t done a wedding budget, About.com has some great wedding budget tools to get you started.
Once you have answered these four questions, you’ll have some direction on where to start with your look for the perfect wedding photographer.