The Most Important Thing Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer
SO YOU'VE DECIDED TO GET HITCHED, AND NOW IT'S TIME TO PLAN THE MOST AWESOME PARTY YOU'LL EVER HAVE.
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO ORGANIZE!
SELECT THE DATE, FRIENDS TO INVITE, COLORS TO PICK, VENUE, WARDROBE, FOOD, FLOWERS, STYLE.....
AND ALSO, A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER TO CHOOSE... BUT HOW?
Finding a wedding photographer is not an easy task. As usual, cost comes first, so we look for a photographer that fits our budget.
Some others go after their pictures and don't get me wrong, finding a photographer who's style you like is important, very important, and many couples take that route to select their photographer. However, the most important way to judge your photographer is not based on either.
So what is the number one thing to consider, when choosing a wedding photographer?
DO I LIKE THIS PERSON?
That's right, the connection you establish with your wedding photographer needs to be on a BFF level because you’re going to spend A WHOLE DAY with THIS person > IN-YOUR-FACE!.
Your photographer will not only be in charge of documenting your day with accuracy but will also:
- Be your main helper in crisis management.
- Will help you if your hair or makeup needs adjusting.
- Will bring you back to "zen" when your nerves attempt to betray you.
- Will feed you, and find you water when no one else is around.
- Will give you wedding day tips (we know the ins and out of the wedding day).
- We connect you with other vendors which we think will help enhance your day.
- Will help you with the timeline of the day.
- Will distract you when you need distracted, and we'll tell you (mostly bad) jokes that will result in you having an overall relaxed wedding experience.
How will you find out if you like this person?
An initial consultation as opposed to a simple email will help you out, but once after the meeting, here is a list of things you might want to ask yourself:
Is this photographer someone I would be friends with, outside of the wedding day?
Is this photographer someone I could talk and have a good conversation with?
Is this photographer polite, helpful?
Is this photographer someone genuinely interested on me, and the things that matter to us?
Is this photographer empathetic to what it's important to us?
Is this photographer someone who would get along with our family?
Is this photographer someone we would enjoy having around?
Is this photographer friendly?
Yes, of course, the pictures should be good too. And of course, you should be conscious of your budget, but there are so many amazing photographers and artists out there, yet not all of them will click with you.
THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO ADS STRESS TO YOUR WEDDING DAY.
You don’t want to be gritting your teeth on your wedding day dealing with someone who is only in it for themselves, you want to have someone who is in tune with you, your partner, your beliefs, and even your family.
You want someone who is sensitive to your needs, ready to help and serve, ready to make your day run smoothly, all while getting the most genuine and authentic memories possible.
So I have a few suggestions for things to look as you shop for a photographer. These simple suggestions will ensure that your photographer is in for you:
WHEN YOU MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE FIRST TIME, DO THEY BRING UP COST AND CONTRACT FIRST THING OR DO THEY WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU?
DO THEY TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS?
ARE THEY WELCOMING?
DO THEY MAKE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE?
When you find the photographer who makes you feel comfortable, who listen and understands and tries to honor your traditions, family dynamics, emotions, and the core of your relationships, there ladies and gentleman, you’ve found the one