Photography is for most brides and grooms one of the most, if not THE MOST, important thing for their big day. NO DOUBT RIGHT?!
They spend SO MUCH time planning their wedding and so much money on everything, that they want to keep the most wonderful memories of it, for sure!!
And the way to do it, is to have THE best photographer. The one that is gonna capture their day in such a perfect way that they’ll feel every emotion when looking at the photos, even YEARS after.
I want everyone to feel that way when looking at their wedding photos, everyone SHOULD. That’s why I’m gonna share here a few tips to help you find THE photographer FOR YOU guys.
YUP. EVEN IF IT’S NOT ME. I DON’T CARE.
I Just want you guys to be happy 😊.
1. FIND THE PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE YOU WANT.
There is SO MANY photographers out there, with SO MANY different shooting and editing styles. The first step to find the photographer for you, is to identify the style you want:
Do you prefer a style classic, moody, lifestyle, journalistic, etc?
For that, you’ll need to do A LOT OF RESEARCH.
My advice here would be to start on Instagram. As a photographer myself, it is my FAAAAAAV platform to share my images.
Go through hashtags, locations close to you and when you find photographers you like, try to figure out why you like them and keep them in mind.
You need to be IN LOVE with your photographer style.
You need to love EVERYTHING about it.
Then, you should send inquiries to at least 3-5 photographers that you LOVE.
2. SET YOUR BUDGET
It is totally normal to have a budget.
Either it’s $1.5k or $5k, you should know what’s the MAX amount that you can spend.
If you have a small budget, it could be best to take a great photographer for less hours than hiring a cheap one!
Think about it for a minute,
Would you rather have:
AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS THAT WILL MAKE YOU CRY from the three most important hours of your wedding day(ceremony + time for couple and family photos)
Okay images from all day ?
Remember that your guests will WITHOUT A DOUBT, take okay photos all day too. 😉
3. MAKE THEM EXCITED ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY
This is SO IMPORTANT!
I cannot tell you how many times I got inquiries where the couple only wrote me this :
-Hi, we’re getting married this date. What’s your rates?
-Um Hi. WHO ARE YOU?
THAT IS LEGIT WHAT HAPPENS IN MY HEAD WHEN READING THIS.
I want to know you guys.
What kind of couple are you? What kind of wedding are you gonna have? Where is it gonna be?
I want to know what you guys like about my work.
Why do you want ME as your photographer? What in my work attracted your eye?
Of course you should not tell me all of this in your first message. But tell me something.
Because between this kind of inquiries and another one for the same date where the couple tells me how wonderful their wedding is gonna be or how excited they would be to have me as their wedding photographer, the choice isn’t hard to make.
You should sell me your wedding AS MUCH as I should sell you my services.
YUP YUP YUP!!
4. MEET WITH THEM
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.
Even if your email exchanges are perfect and you guys are already having fun talking about your cats and favorite TV shows (mine’s Friends btw, what’s yours?).
You cannot know a person before meeting with them.
So, even if it is only for a cup or coffee, or AT LEAST by videochat, get to know your photographer before hiring them!!!
Be sure you guys get along and will become friends !
5. FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT
This is, I think, THE MOST IMPORTANT tip I’m gonna give you.
When making your final choice, TRUST YOUR GUTS !!!
You should NOT feel any pressure from your photographer when hiring them.
If you do, RUN, RUN, RUN !!!
I’m telling you, professionals find it so important to have a great connection with their clients, and for that connection to happen, both parts should be excited to work together!!
I, more than once, turned down a bride if I felt we were not a good team. In those cases I always send them references of colleagues with styles similar to mine. I still want to be sure they get the photography style that they want, but if I do that, it’s because I know they’ll probably “click” more with someone else. We can not become friends with everyone and that’s normal.
When making your final choice, you should not have any doubts that this person is THE ONE photographer for you guys.
You should feel 100% SURE about your decision.
TRUST YOUR GUTS !
Violaine is an adventurous wedding and couple photographer based in Quebec, Canada but she travels worldwide. She loves the intimate, authentic and raw moments that happen each second between two people in love. She believes in the craziness of every couples and that laugh is the best medicine. She’s not afraid of freezing in the cold or getting completely wet under rain, as long as her images reflects her clients personality.
“It’s all about YOUR story. Whoever you are, wherever you go.”