Are you wondering what to look for in a wedding photographer? If so, you’re certainly not alone.
After all, the number of weddings in Australia has been steadily rising for the last decade. The number of weddings per year now exceeds an astounding 118,962! That means that every day, about 326 couples say, “I do.”
A photographer is an essential part of getting married. There’s no better way to document the day, allowing you to look back on those special memories forever. There’s just no comparison when it comes to blurry phone photos from the guests or your family’s disposable cameras.
You need a wedding photographer!
With that being said—who can you trust to take the best photos at just the right moments? Choosing a photographer is a challenging and important task, as you’re putting your big day in their hands. You need to pick an expert who can take gorgeous photos without getting in the way of the hubbub.
So, in this guide, we help you narrow down the many options and find the perfect fit. Keep reading!
1. Know Their Expertise and Experience
Of course, any time you hire someone for a service, especially for a wedding—an event coordinator, a DJ, a caterer, etc.—it’s crucial to know how much work they’ve done in their career path. You don’t exactly want a novice in charge of documenting one of the biggest days of your life.
So, how do you find out their expertise levels? By asking them!
See what they have to say about previous work. How many couples have they photographed? Did they do various locations, inside and outside, with props and without, in several scenarios throughout the special day?
You can tell how much experience they’ve had by these answers. Ask any other questions that come to mind regarding their taste, traditions, and practices.
2. Check Out Their Testimonials
A whopping 93% of respondents in a study said that online reviews impact their decision-making purchases. An equally-high number of people, 91%, say they trust online reviews as much as they trust personal, word-of-mouth recommendations. Finally, 90% of answers cite that people take the time to read online reviews before visiting a business.
So, what does this have to do with hiring a wedding photographer?
Wedding photographers should have testimonials to show you: reviews from previous clients, and even past wedding photography galleries that showcase the couples they’ve photographed before. What does the theme or style look like, and how did the engaged/newlyweds like their experience?
Ensure you’re in line with the photographer’s vision and that the photographer was flexible with the couple. If you see positive reviews, you’ll know that’s a good sign. The photographer was likely present but unobtrusive, dedicated and timely, bringing the desired results.
3. Understand Your Own Style and Needs
There are so many wedding themes to choose from—will you go with tropical, alternative, vintage, farmhouse, rustic? Are you keeping your wedding traditional and classic, or modern and innovative? Do you like pops of color or black and white; do you prefer day or night?
All of these things need to get discussed with your wedding photographer, who should be well-versed in that style and willing to accommodate it. Are they okay with shooting something formal? Or have they only done casual vibes?
Chances are, you’ll easily find a compatible photographer who’s willing to accommodate your style. The important thing is just communicating with them ahead of time! It’s a pertinent discussion that’s best to have pre-wedding so that all discrepancies are figured out first.
4. Analyze Your Options
One of the reasons it’s important to check out a photographer’s testimonials is the ability to compare your many choices. With so many weddings a day/year in Australia, you’ve likely got your fair share of photographers to choose from. So, keeping that in mind, it’s essential to get more than one quote and interview more than one person.
The reason being?
You’ll be able to go to each meeting with confidence, knowing what you do and don’t like. You’ll know what prices and talents are out there, as well as a person’s preferred settings. Even if you like your first interviewee, it’s worth it to look (and shop) around.
Then, the right person will be obvious.
5. Compare Your Wishes With Your Budget (And Their Prices)
The cost of a wedding photographer can vary significantly.
The prices fluctuate based on experience, editing, time, location, and much more. Each photographer is likely to have a different price point set up, which you’ll discuss during initial interviews.
It’s essential to be realistic about your budget and what you can afford. If you have a certain photographer in mind, you’ll need to look up their full day coverage and see if it’s within your wedding budget. You’ll probably want to have photographs of the getting-ready process, the actual event, and all the reception hangouts later.
Now That You Know What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer, Are You Ready to Book?
The process doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be thorough. Choosing someone to shoot your wedding is a huge, important undertaking, and it’s essential to pick someone who cares about your big day (almost as much as you!).
So, you used this guide to find out what to look for in a wedding photographer—and the next step is booking one.
I’m Carley Payne, and I would love to be considered for your special, unforgettable day.
Click here to contact me, where I can tailor a quote just for you. I’m transparent about pricing and provide tons of feedback, as well as photo galleries, from previous shoots. I look forward to working with you!