Top Tips For Choosing A Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make in your wedding planning process because the photos they capture will be the lasting memories of your special day. Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and the photos will be the physical mementos that you can hold onto forever.

The right photographer will be able to capture the emotions, joy, and beauty of the day in a way that reflects your unique style and personality. They will also be able to capture all the important moments and details, from the exchange of vows to the first dance, and everything in between.

Additionally, a wedding photographer will be by your side throughout the day, so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and who puts you at ease. This can make a big difference in the quality of the photos, as you’ll be more relaxed and natural in front of the camera.

Overall, choosing the right wedding photographer is crucial to ensure that your special day is captured beautifully and in a way that reflects your unique love story.

Bride and groom under a veil holding florals and kissing.

Photo credit: Amber Brannen Photography

With the help of one of our preferred photographers, Amber Brannen Photography, we are sharing these top tips for choosing a wedding photographer:

1. Determine your preferred photography style:

Before you start searching for a wedding photographer, it’s important to determine what style of photography you prefer. Do you want a traditional, posed style or a more candid, photojournalistic style? Do you like light and airy photos or dark and moody? Look through portfolios of different photographers to determine which style you like best.

2. Research photographers:

Once you have determined your preferred photography style, start researching photographers in the area you are getting married who match that style. Look at reviews from previous clients to see what they have to say about their experience working with the photographer. Take some time to browse their portfolios to see if their style matches your vision for your wedding photos. Make a list of your top 3-5 favorites.

3. Decide on your budget:

Remember when all is said and done, your photos (and your marriage) will be what is left. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what is included in the photographer’s pricing and packages. Are engagement photos included? How many hours of coverage are included? What is the turnaround time for receiving your photos?

4. Meet with potential photographers:

Schedule in-person meetings with potential photographers to discuss your wedding and their photography services. This will give you a chance to get to know them and see if you feel comfortable working with them. They should be friendly and easy to work with, as well as professional. It’s really important that you have a good vibe with your photographer as this will make a huge difference in how your photos turn out! 

Bride and groom at sweetheart table decorated with greenery and white florals

Photo credit: Amber Brannen Photography

5. Ask about their experience:

Ask the photographer about their experience shooting weddings. How many weddings have they shot? How long have they been in business? What kind of equipment do they use? Will they have a second photographer? Have they shot at your chosen venue before? They should be experienced in dealing with different lighting situations and be able to capture key moments during the day. Ask to see full wedding albums they have shot, so you can get a sense of their style and consistency.

6. Discuss the details:

Talk to the photographer about the details of the day, such as the timeline and specific shots you want to capture. They’ll help you decide what time to have your ceremony and inform you of how much time is needed to capture all of your desired photos.

7. Review contracts:

It is important to review the photographer’s contract carefully before signing. Make sure you understand their cancellation policy, payment schedule, and any other terms and conditions.

8. Trust your instincts when choosing a wedding photographer:

Finally, trust your instincts when choosing a wedding photographer. If you feel comfortable with them and love their work, chances are they will be a great fit for your wedding.

Bridal party portraits

Photo credit: Amber Brannen Photography

Plus 4 bonus tips for your wedding day photos:

  1. Have all of your details ready BEFORE your big day. It will save you stress the morning of!
  2. Get ready in a well-lit room: The preparation shots can be some of the most beautiful images of the day. Ideally, you will want to get ready in a room with plenty of natural light. (Hint: our bridal villa is the perfect getting ready location with ample natural light!)
  3. When it comes to family photos, don’t be a people pleaser. Get photos done with who YOU want!
  4. Practice posing and taking photos before the big day. This can help you feel more comfortable and natural in front of the camera.

We hope you have found this helpful! For more information on Amber Brannen – visit her website HERE

Bride and groom in the vineyard at Koury Farm Weddings & Events

March 21, 2023

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