How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Photographer—From a Sacramento Wedding Photographer
As you plan a wedding, there are so many big decisions to make! One of the choices you have is who will photograph your wedding day. Not only is wedding photography a huge investment, but it is also one of the few things that you get to take with you from your special day. The florals, the venue, the food, and the cake is all gone at the end of the day. What you are left with is images that will help to transport you back to some of the sweetest moments of your life. Here is everything you need to know to pick the perfect wedding photographer to capture those moments on your wedding day:
Know your style.
When looking for a photographer, it’s important to have a good idea of your photography style. Scout the work of a few photographers you like and look for similarities in their work. Inquire with the wedding photographers that shoot in the style you prefer. You can even ask a photographer how they describe their shooting and editing style. You can’t expect moody, dramatic photos from a photographer that shoots and edits in a light and airy style. Knowing your own style will help you reach out to the right people as you start your search for a wedding photographer.
Make sure that you are working with an experienced professional.
A professional photographer has an established business that complies with legal requirements and has the equipment to keep your photos safe. Ask your prospective photographer if they can provide proof of insurance. Many wedding venues require that vendors be fully insured. Professionals will also keep your photos safe by backing up their work and possibly shooting with dual SD cards. Ask about the process a photographer uses to keep your photos safe before booking with them! Also check the contract for their policies on lost photos or anything else you might be concerned about.
Pick your date and venue before your wedding photographer.
Few things are more heartbreaking than picking out your *dream* wedding photographer, only to learn that they are unavailable on your wedding date. It is important to secure your venue and have your wedding date set before finding your photographer! Keep in mind that most photographers will ask for your date before meeting with you to make sure that they are not already booked. Some also require that your venue is secured before you sign a contract with them.
Interview multiple photographers.
I will say it again—wedding photography is a huge investment. Interviewing multiple photographers will help you to be sure you are making the right decision with the person you decide to sign with. You will also get the chance to learn about each photographer’s style, strengths, packages, and personality! On that note…
Pick a photographer that you get along with.
Your wedding photographer will become an important part of your wedding day and they will be one of the people you spend the most time with on your big day. Make sure that you like your photographer’s personality! If you have a photographer that you get along with, you will feel more comfortable and look more natural while taking photos. You can learn a lot about a photographer’s personality from their social media and website, but meeting with them and getting to know them will help you to pick the perfect wedding photographer.
Stick to your budget, but don’t settle!
Last but not least, sticking to your budget is important. BUT this doesn’t mean you have to settle for just anyone. Inquire with photographers that are in your price range. If they don’t have their starting prices listed, let them know what your budget is when filling out a contact form. Be open about your budget and, if your dream photographer is a little bit out of budget, ask if they have the ability to create a custom package for you with a little less coverage to stay in budget.
I know that you will find the perfect wedding photographer using these tips! If you think I might be the photographer for you, head over to my Contact page and reach out. I’d love to be the one to capture your Bay Area wedding.