This might anger a few planners at first glance, so I apologize--but hear me out. It’s not as bad as it sounds. But it does make the most sense.
We get it, wedding planning can be stressful, and hiring a qualified wedding planner makes a lot of sense if you have the budget for it, but dumping your wedding-planning checklist on your wedding planner’s hands while tempting, is not the best course of action when it comes to selecting the photographer.
photography can be highly subjective
Photography is subjective. What one bride finds to be stunning and gorgeous may not even make the radar of the next. Your wedding planner also has subjective
taste, and they also have their favorite vendors, which is typically based on history, friendships, personalities, and of course taste, which may not
necessarily align with yours. So the wedding photographer your planner may recommend for your big day might not necessarily be the best choice for
Wedding Photography Is Emotional
Finding a wedding photographer should largely be an emotional decision. Are you in love with their photography? Can you imagine you and your photographer spending countless hours together (engagement session, wedding, planning meetings in between)? And let’s not forget AFTER the wedding, when they photograph your first kid or any other major milestones you and your fiance might have. Selecting someone YOU love should be paramount.
Use Your Planner as a Vetting Tool
Ask your wedding planner for several recommendations. Ask for at least three photographers. Then do your legwork. Here are some tips to help you determine if you should hire a given photographer.
- Are you in love with their photography style? Every photographer has a different approach to photography. Find a couple whose style you love--not like, LOVE.
- Visit their social media profiles. Review their personal style and how they interact. Does their style feel consistent?
- Contact your favorite few photographers and take measure on how long it takes for them to reply. How did they respond? Did you speak to them on the phone, and if so, how did that interaction go?
- Meet in person--review REAL weddings, not just their website portfolio.
- Read their reviews. Do they have any reviews? Careful if a photographer does not have any. What is the general consensus on their reviews?
- Budget should factor in, of course, but it should not be the primary factor.
- When you find someone you mesh with--and whose photography you love--book them. Don’t overthink this process. Review your findings with the planner. Ask them to attend the consults, as they can lend an invaluable ear. However, you should make the FINAL decision.
Finally, all of this advice only rings true if photography is IMPORTANT to you. If it’s not at least one of the top three selections of your entire vendor
list, then none of this advice is pertinent.
Are you ready to check out what we at Fusion Photography Studio can offer with regards to wedding photography? Give us a call at (704) 728-2658 or contact us through our online form, and we can find out if we’re a good fit!