You're engaged!! I know how excited you are, glancing at your new shiny ring 100 times a day and loving the reactions of your friends and family when you tell them "I'm engaged!".
With my experience as a bride and as a professional photographer, I want to share a few tips that will help you find the best person to capture the beautiful moments that will tell the story of your wedding day.
Here are my top tips for hiring your wedding photographer.
1. LIKE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. Photographic style is first and foremost, but a close second to loving the images, is to be sure you really like the personality of your photographer. Once you've narrowed down a handful of websites that you love, spend some time connecting with each photographer either on the phone, video chat or in person. Your photographer is a key part of the day and timeliness and friendliness can set the tone for the entire wedding.
2. INQUIRE WITH HEART. I get so excited when I receive an inquiry that is personal and tells me a little bit about the wedding day and couple. It's the beginning to a sincere connection and friendship that I find very important to me and my photography. So when emailing potential photographers, resist the urge to save time with a generic cut and paste inquiry and give it some heart. It's a great way to start the conversation.
3. BUDGET BLUES. We all have had them at one point or another. If you have your heart set on a photographer but the package is just out of range, be honest with her. This scenario has happened with several of my couples and we found a way to work together. Sometimes it's having the wedding on a weekday or perhaps you can get away with 5-6 hours instead of 8 hours. Let her know what budget you're trying to work within and ask if she has any creative ideas, "Because I love your work and my heart is set!"
4. WE TRAVEL! Most photographers love to travel and experience new locations (I do!), so when you're searching for your perfect wedding photographer, consider looking outside of your area. Don't be afraid to reach out to someone you've been following on Instagram. It never hurts to ask.
Lastly, all I can say is have fun with the process. Yes it can be a bit stressful at times, but do your best to prioritize the details that are important to the two of you and embrace this exciting time!