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How to Hire A Wedding Photographer



For many people who are planning a wedding, figuring out who your photographer is going to be should be done early in the planning process. Especially if you are planning on doing an engagement session, this is something that has to be done ahead of time. Plus, some photographers book out far ahead of time and they may be doing multiple weddings in one weekend. Here are a few other things to consider in this planning process.


BUDGET

A price for a wedding photographer can be based on different things like location, the type of services or packages they have, and your photographers experience or level of expertise. Some things that are covered in a photographers package is time, travel, editing, and album design. Do some research or ask someone you know what they paid. Figuring out ahead of time of what you are willing to spend is important.


STYLE

One of the biggest things to consider when booking with a photographer is to figure out what style you like. You should have some kind of idea what you want your photos to look like. Do some research with photographers that you are considering and then look at what their photos look like. Look for weddings shot in a lighting environment that is similar to what you expect at your wedding. If you are feeling lost or do not have a visual idea of what you want, ask people you know who have amazing weddings photos and see who they hired, and go from there.

You also want to consider your venue. Your photographer can and should be able to work with any venue but if you are choosing a photographer because of what that person excels at, it is helpful that it works with your idea.


MEET WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Meeting with your photographer in person is very important. It will be very valuable for you and your photographer. You want someone who is talented, matches the style you want and who you and your partner hit it off with. When you meet with them, have your questions ready, here are some examples:

  • What are your packages and what do they include?

  • Are you willing to travel?

  • How long have you been doing this?

  • How do you and others describe your style?

  • How do you handle stressful parts of the day?

  • How long after the wedding will we have to wait until we see our photos?

  • Will we have any rights to the photos?

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