Choosing a wedding photographer can be one of the most intensive and nerve racking parts of planning your wedding. There are hundreds of wedding photographers available and each one has a different style, personality, price and trying to find the perfect one for you can be, well, time consuming. Your end goal, of course, is to get the best wedding photographs possible based on your taste & personalities. Just like a wedding dress, there is no one perfect wedding photographer for every client. However, this means you also have a great opportunity to find that one unique individual who fits your style, budget and personality.
When shopping for your wedding photographer, the first thing, obviously, you'll be drawn to is their work. When you find a wedding photographer (or photographers) who really appeal to your sense of style, take the time to look through their blog, facebook pages or other photo galleries. You want to make sure their work is consistent through several full weddings. If you can locate a wedding they photographed at your venues, then even better as you can really get a feel for the work they'll produce for you.
After you've narrowed down your choices based on their work, lineup consultations to meet the ones who you know are in your budget. Many wedding photographers won't list their pricing on their website but, often, you can find a starting price either on their website or by email. Meeting your photographer is, quite honestly, all about personality. Your wedding photographer is around you and your fiance all day long even more then your family and new spouse. Having a good relationship with your photographer is, more often then not, just as if not more important then how much you love their work. If you are uncomfortable at all with them it will translate into the photos.
If everything is a fit, the last important thing is to look at price. Generally speaking, the more experience a wedding photographer has, the more they will cost. Experience is what sets decent wedding photographers aside from excellent ones! Weddings are very, very fast paced and your wedding photographer needs to be two to three steps ahead all day so they can make sure to get those oh so important emotions & moments and capture them. Once those have passed, they are impossible to recreate.
Brian Mullins is a professional Raleigh wedding photographer
with 8 years experience. He has shot for both local and national magazines, won numerous awards, consults with several media & software companies and has shot weddings for over 8 years.