How to choose a Wedding Photographer
Are you in the process of choosing your Wedding Photographer? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to help you find the perfect Photographer for your Edmonton wedding. The featured images in this post are all by Photographers who will be at our 2017 Love in Yeg bridal show.
Before you meet with potential photographers
Set a budget, but be willing to be flexible
Photography and Videography – 10 to 15% of total budget
A good Photographer can capture every aspect of your big day, from the emotion of your ceremony to your décor details.
So, if you really fall in love with a particular Photographer’s work, revisit the budget and see if you can move funds over from another item you’d consider less important.
Determine what style of photography you are looking for
Wedding Photographers range in style and many will use a combination of the styles listed below. Although each Photographer has their own signature style, they can broadly fit into a few categories:
Documentary: Focus on candid moments and storytelling
Portraiture: Posed photos that can range from traditional to creative
Fine Art: Dramatic, dreamy photos, photographer’s personal editing, shooting style dominates
Take a look at the style of editing a Photographer uses as well. Are they photos crisp and bright? Or darker and more muted. Each Photographer generally has a style of editing that they use, so make sure you like what you see.
See if your date is available
Send a quick email to the Photographers you are interested in. Even if you love their work, they may not be available on your date. If you are really in love with the work of a certain Photographer, you may even book them before you have a venue. Which can be a risky choice, but it has been done!
In your email, you can even include a few lines about you and your fiancé, and why you are interested in that particular Photographer. After all, the Photographer wants to get to know you, and see if it is a good fit for them as well.
At your meeting
Ask who will be shooting on the day of and ask if there is a second shooter included
Larger companies may have a team of Photographers – make sure you ask who will be shooting on your wedding day so there are no surprises.
Also, make sure you are clear on whether a second shooter in included in the package price, or if one is available for an extra cost. Having a second shooter is well worth the investment, as you’ll have twice as much coverage, and you can be sure the event will be captured from all angles.
Decide on the right package for you.
Ask your Photographer what package they would recommend for your wedding. A simple backyard ceremony has much different requirements than a 400 person extravaganza. Your Photographer can also go over the details of each package and what is included. Make sure you are clear on how the files will be delivered, and whether any physically printed products are included in your package.
Ask to see sample albums or galleries of full weddings
Online portfolios are a sample of the best of the best of that Photographer’s work, which means there may only be a few photos from each wedding shown. Ask to see a sample wedding album or gallery, to demonstrate the full range of images that you can expect for your own wedding. This will also give you an idea of the Photographer’s range of skills, from capturing people to details.
See if you “click”
Your wedding Photographer will be with you on the most important day of your life, and will see you in both vulnerable and joyful moments. If you aren’t comfortable, it will show in the photos. Make sure you really connect with your Photographer, in order to get images you will truly love, and to enjoy your wedding day as well!