Think for yourself.
I know that sometimes you can be pushed into several different directions by your parents, and your fiance’s parents, but you really need to take some time to sit down and figure out what you want as a couple. Are you guys a fun and creative couple? Try to find someone who reflects your personality! Are you super traditional and want classic, clean photography? Look for someone who reflects that style. Kevin and I knew we wanted soft, romantic, editorial photography for our wedding.
I know I am biased in thinking the wedding photographer is the most important vendor of the day, but let’s get real here for a second. The wedding day is ONE day, which takes sometimes up to two years to plan! Needless to say, the day goes by quickly, but if you hire the right photographer for you that person will capture all of those special moments that pass in the blink of an eye. They will work very hard for you to produce the best possible work for you as possible. Google is your friend. I searched my favorite venues for past weddings that have been held at them. For example: “your favorite venue” wedding photographer always resulted in lots of great photographer options. 🙂 I would be lying if I said I didn’t look around a lot for my photographer… After I searched for photographers in and around the East Coast I finally came across Gabe. When I saw his website, work, and read his about page I knew it was right. I felt it.
Meet them in person (or Skype).
This is something I just recently started doing as a photographer, I make it mandatory to chat face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) before we mutually sign a contract. You as a couple need to feel comfortable around me or who you hire, they will be with you during the most important day in your life. If you don’t feel confident in them or don’t feel as if your personalities match then look for someone else. Kevin and I skyped with Gabe because he is out of DC. The meeting went great and made me realize both as a bride and a photographer how important it is.
Try not to ONLY think about the price.
I know, this one can be a tough one to swallow. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. Did you only set aside a 2k budget? But find someone who starts at 4k that you love? My advice is to try to make it work, at the end of the day you will have your photos sitting on your coffee table forever. Budgeting is hard, but try to figure out if you can change it around a bit. Kevin and I spent a good chunk of our budget on our photographer, but that was what we found to be the most important to us.
Make sure they have your date available, and BOOK!
If they do not have your date available, you have three options! You can either change your date (if that is possible), ask the photographers for suggestions of similar photographers to them, or start this process over again.
GOOD LUCK! If you have any questions feel free to ask, as many of my clients know I am an open book!