I’m a photographer based in Houston, TX that specializes in sophisticated wedding and high school senior photography.
There is a to-do list of decisions a mile long that go into planning a wedding. Outside of the biggest decisions like choosing a date and location, the next important piece for couples is usually choosing a wedding photographer.
Honestly! Your photographer will be spending all day with you and if your personalities don’t mesh well, you’ll end up feeling irritated and, most likely, your pictures will reflect your mood.
So, where do you even begin when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer? My top tips below will help guide you in the right direction!
Thanks to advancing technologies, there are so many ways to edit and manipulate images these days. So, as you’re browsing different photographers in your area, take note of the different styles. Are their photos very bright with muted colors, or are they dark and moody, with darker shadows? Do their photos look more posed or photojournalistic? Always look at their portfolio!
Once you decide on the style you and your soon-to-be spouse love, then you can start narrowing down your options.
Like I said earlier in this post, your photographer is alongside you throughout the wedding day, so you want to make sure their personality blends well with yours! Ask yourself if this person will add fun and joy to your wedding day. Do you prefer someone really outgoing and bubbly, or someone who is a bit quieter, with a calm confidence?
You can get a taste of a photographer’s personality by reading their blog, social media posts, and about page on their website. An in-person or video meeting is also a great way to get to know your potential photographer a bit better!
I know what you’re thinking here: Reed, you’re really biased when it comes to wedding photography. And, you’d be right! But I want you to take your focus away from your wedding day for just a moment and think about the next day, think about the honeymoon, and think about when you get home and return to your everyday routine.
After the cake has been eaten, the dress is hung up, and the decorations are put away, all you have left is your spouse, your ring, and your photographs. Most things from your wedding day you’ll either dispose of, give away, or sell; but your photographs are lasting mementos of the special occasion and all the joy you felt that day.
Do consider your budget, but also remember that investing a little more in photography will pay off in the long run as you look back years from now on the day you began your life as newlyweds.
Well… that’s true too!
But I can guarantee you that if you ask couples what they were happy they splurged on for their wedding day one of the top answers will be photography.
Annnddd… if you ask couples what is one thing they regret on their wedding day, if they had a not-so awesome photographer, that’ll be at the top of their list.
I hope you’ll find these tips valuable as you are planning your big day! Do you have questions about anything? Need more advice on choosing a wedding photographer? Just let me know. I can’t wait to meet you virtually!
Reed Gallagher is a Houston photographer for the elegant bride + chic senior, an educator for the driven photographer, and queso obsessed biz owner.