Back in November 2018, I found myself in the middle of my own wedding prep whirlwind. As a wedding photographer who has both taken and viewed a tremendous amount of wedding photos over the years, I thought it would be easy for me to pick my own wedding photographer. When it came to the search, however, I was totally overwhelmed.
It was a valuable experience and I would like to share my top five tips with other brides-to-be who are looking for the perfect photographer!
#1. Define Your Vision
It all boils down to what you want your wedding to look like, everything from your signature color palette to the architectural style of the venue. Once those decisions are made, dive headfirst into the portfolios of photographers that match your style. Narrow down what draws you to them specifically and dissect what feels most authentic to you and your partner. Define key words that describe the feel and pattern of the images you love, and then seek out that style. Is it candid, unexpected, shot in natural light, posed, fleeting, artistic, journalistic, editorial, soft, modern, timeless, in color or black and white? Personally, I love FINE ART style and FILM photographers. Years of experience shooting film has taught me that a digital camera cannot compete with a film camera when it comes to creating creamy skin tones and airy imagery. To me, that style is the most timeless and earnest, with an aesthetic that will last for generations.