3 Things to Look For in a Wedding Photographer
3 things? That’s it???
Everyone has their preferences and beliefs about what kind of wedding photographer is right for them, and the list may be 300 rather than just 3. After over a decade in the photography industry I’ve noticed a few common themes for what people are looking for in a photographer, whether it’s for a wedding or not.
What is your style? What kinds of work do you gravitate towards on Instagram? Chances are, there’s a common thread through everything you “like” online, your fashion choices, the look of your house, and so on. You have a style, whether you realize it or not, and you will be happiest if you pick a photographer that fits in line with that. There are a lot of photographers out there in 2019, so you have options. There are many niches and concentrations within wedding photography, and plenty of excellent photographers within those niches.
Do you like a more retro, film grain look? Do you like a more studio lighting, magazine type look? 2019 is an amazing time for wedding photographer options, so the world is your oyster.
I bet you’re nervous to ask a photographer about this, right? You shouldn’t be, because it’s an exciting time for you, and you don’t want to have to wait too long to see your photos from your special day. Turnaround times are shrinking, but it still can be a stress point between photographers and clients.
We aren’t working in darkrooms anymore, and software is really on our side for getting work done in an efficient manner. There are exceptions, but generally a relatively quick turnaround time shouldn’t be a big issue these days.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your wedding photographer. (Again, when you hire a photographer in any field, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time with them, so this goes for all photography concentrations) Think of your wedding as a collaboration between you and the photographer. You’re working together for usually an 8 to 10 hour stretch. No one likes working with difficult people or people they don’t get along with, and just because you may like a photographer’s work, sometimes it’s just not worth it.
You’ll probably know if you can get along pretty quick, but don’t set this requirement aside. Honestly, this is probably the most important thing to look for when you are shopping around.
There’s obviously other things you’ll want to look for, but this list covers what I’ve seen clients care the most about. In fact, I remember a time where you just hired a photographer rather than a certain “style” of photographer. The world of social media has really inspired the photography world to do some incredible things with images. I believe we are in the Golden Age of photography right now, and that’s of benefit to everyone, photographer and client alike.