Make sure your wedding photographer has experience

Capturing Forever: A Guide on How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Premier Bride of the 904

December 2, 2023

Your wedding day is a momentous occasion filled with love, joy, and unforgettable memories. To ensure those precious moments are beautifully captured, selecting the right photographer is crucial. With a myriad of options available, finding the perfect match can be overwhelming. This guide will walk you through the essential steps to help you pick the best photographer for your wedding day.


  1. Define Your Style:

Before delving into the world of wedding photographers, take some time to identify your preferred style. Do you envision a classic and timeless aesthetic, or are you drawn to a more candid and documentary approach? Understanding your style preferences will guide you in finding a photographer whose work aligns with your vision.

Here are the types of styles:

  • Traditional/Classic Photography
  • Photojournalistic/Candid Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Fashion Wedding Photography
  • Dramatic Wedding Photography
  • Documentary Wedding Photography
  • Drone/Arial Photography
  • Destination Wedding Photography
  • Vintage Wedding Photography
  • Light and Airy Photography
  • Dark and Moody Photography
  • Heavy Flash Photography
  • Blurred Image Photography


  1. Research and Recommendations:

After you have identified your style, search Premier Bride of the 904 website, wedding blogs and our featured weddings, and social media platforms. And make sure you go to the next Premier Bride Expo to meet photographers in person and look at their work.  Ask friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations based on their own positive experiences. See if the venue that you have booked has a recommendation. (Also make sure that your venue does not REQUIRE you to use their vendors). Reading reviews and testimonials can provide valuable insights into a photographer’s professionalism, creativity, and overall satisfaction of their clients.

Bride looking at wedding albums at the Premier Bride Expo


  1. Meet and Greet:

Once you’ve shortlisted potential photographers, schedule meetings to discuss your vision, wedding details, and any specific requests you may have. Pay attention to their communication style, enthusiasm, and willingness to tailor their services to your needs. Chemistry between you and the photographer is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience on your big day. Remember that this person is literally going to be bossing you around all day, so liking who you choose is of paramount importance!

How to pick a wedding photographer


4. Review Portfolios:

Request to see full wedding albums or a comprehensive portfolio to get a sense of the photographer’s consistency and storytelling ability. Look for a variety of shots, including candid moments, formal portraits, and details that showcase their versatility. Pay attention to the editing style and color palette, ensuring it resonates with your preferences.


  1. Check for Experience:

While talent is essential, experience is equally crucial. Inquire about the photographer’s background, the number of weddings they have covered, and their familiarity with various wedding venues. While many times you can save money on a new photographer, this is your wedding, and you want these memories to be AMAZING! An experienced photographer is more likely to handle unexpected situations with poise and capture the essence of your day seamlessly.

Make sure your wedding photographer has experience


  1. Discuss Packages and Pricing:

Be transparent about your budget and discuss the photographer’s pricing structure. Inquire about what is included in each package, such as the number of hours of coverage, additional photographers, and post-production services. Clarify any potential extra costs to avoid surprises later. Also, now is a good time to see if they require a meal for each team member as part of their employment for the day.


  1. Ask for References:

Request references from past clients to gain insights into their experiences. A reputable photographer should be willing to provide references who can share their firsthand accounts of working with them. This step adds an extra layer of confidence in your decision-making process.


  1. Clarify Logistics:

Ensure that all logistics are clear, including the timeline, delivery of the final images, and any contractual details. Discuss the process of selecting and receiving your photos, as well as the rights and usage of the images. Clear communication on these aspects will help prevent misunderstandings later.

Choosing the best photographer for your wedding involves a combination of research, personal connection, and aligning visions. Take your time to find someone whose work resonates with you, and who can encapsulate the magic of your special day through their lens. Remember, the right photographer will not only capture moments but will also contribute to the joy and beauty of your wedding day.

This blog was created by LeAnne from The Hilltop Restaurant and Wedding Venue