As I sit here in my mini office space in our room, I’m looking back at why people hired me to photograph their wedding days. For such a monumental day, what was the reason they chose me? While I understand I may not be everyone’s dream photographer for every single person, I know I am the perfect fit for my ideal client.
Out of all the possible reasons I could have been someone’s dream photographer, I have compiled a list of categories to help narrow down who your dream photographer could be and how to find them.
Just like you like specific genres of music, photography styles are no different. Every photographer has their particular style and flare (no pun intended) to their work. While many photography work may look similar, their approach may be different. So if you’re not set on a particular style of photography, take some time to sift through different photos online, Instagram or in a magazine and see what types you like.
Similar to style, you want to find a photographer who you *click* with (okay, I promise to slow down on the puns). Especially if this photographer will be photographing your wedding, which in this case you really wanna to make sure you get along and can see yourself cracking jokes with because they’ll be there with you the entire day (or however long your wedding is-- I see you, elopement couples.)
When doing your search for your dream photographer, you want to find one that is either already in your dream city or a photographer who is willing to travel there for you. Want to have a wedding in Los Angeles? Sure! Just search “Los Angeles Wedding Photographer”. Google terms that are as specific as possible to help narrow down your search.
Money-talk seems to always be a taboo topic, but it’s important to remember when searching for your dream photographer. Keeping budget in mind helps sift through the photographers who are out of your budget and also helps you find ones that are just right in the perfect budget-zone for you and your partner. (If you want to get an idea why wedding photographers are “expensive”, head over HERE for a breakdown.)
Services + Experience
List out all the services you’d like from your photographer. For example, how many hours of photography coverage do you need? What end product do you want (photo albums, canvases, online galleries, etc.)? This will help you find a photographer who offers these services and products. If you’re not sure what they offer, but they check off the rest of the boxes for you, just shoot them a message.
Experience is probably the hardest part to search for since it’s a criteria that you need to hear from the photographers themselves or from referrals. So the best way to get a clearer vision of the experience is to ask around the people you know and check for testimonials or reviews.
At the end of it all, be sure to take your time with your search. If you can afford to and time allows it, work with different photographers and different styles if you’re not sure which is your favorite style before you commit to one photographer for your wedding date. Couples sessions and engagement sessions are a great way to test out a photographer.