4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Neil belliveau Weddings

Choosing your wedding photographer is an exciting process. After all, these photos will help you remember your big day for decades to come, and it is important that you are happy with the results. Are you struggling with how to choose your wedding photographer? Read our helpful tips below. 

Does their style mesh with your ideal?
While you may love the photos by a local photographer, this alone may not make them ideal for your wedding. It is key that you first assess their style. Do they tend to create very traditional, conservative prints? Are they wild and avant garde? Do they focus on the kinds of details that you find important (architecture and design vs. candid shots of family, group landscapes vs. close up portraits)? Once you have determined their strengths and general style, consider your own wedding’s theme and ensure that they jive.

While a skilled photographer is always happy to ‘step outside of their box,’ doing a 180 degree turnaround in style is difficult for any artist. Fine Art, Documentary, Portraiture or Edgy – choose one of these main styles and find someone who specialises in these looks.

Do your research and check reviews
You may love the website and style of a local photographer, and you may have a really great interview and initial consultation – but if you have not checked out their reviews and past clients’ testimonies, you are going in blind. Even if you eventually end up with a series of stunning photos, your wedding will only be a good experience if you can rely on the customer service and behaviour of your photographer. Read reviews online (or ask your photog for contact details of past clients) in order to get an unbiased outlook before you pay the deposit.

Ask to see an entire album

It is natural for a photographer to choose to highlight their very best work on their website and in their portfolio – you can’t blame them for wanting to put their best foot forward. That said, they should always be willing to show you an entire album if you ask to see one. In order to form a full, well rounded opinion about their work (and how it will mesh with your own desires and needs), you should assess an entire album with a critical eye.

Another good idea? Have a trusted friend provide a second opinion. They are far less likely to be swept up in the romance of the photos, and can often catch flaws and problems that you will not notice. 

Include all pertinent details in the contract, including timeline of delivery
As with any good contract, you should always include specifics about the timelines that both parties have agreed to. You may mention in passing that you hope to have the photos within a month or two, but without this information included in your contract, things can get messy. In order to keep all parties happy and taken care of, make sure your contract is complete and comprehensive.