You are going to spend a lot of time with your wedding photographer between your engagement photos and wedding day. Choosing a photographer that you vibe with and that understands your style/vision is a big decision, here are our tips for choosing the best photographer for your wedding!
Tip: Don't just email or message a photographer on Facebook and ask "how much" because there is so much more than price to consider!
Check out full galleries
Instagram is not full picture of what a photographer can do, so if you are able to view full galleries or a more in-depth portfolio for that represents the amount of coverage you are looking for it will give you a better understanding of what you can expect the photographer to deliver. Do you love candid, unposed photos that really capture emotion? Look for a photographer who has a good mix of the portraits and fun candid shots!
Set-up a meeting or video call
Getting a chance to sit down with potential photographers allows you to get to know their personality and what they are passionate about in their business. Do they love the same reality show that you do, or have the same obsession for french bull dogs? Maybe their strong sense of community service and giving back will shine through and you'll connect with their values. Bottom line, a photographer is an artist and a creative business owner who wants to connect with their clients on a deeper level than just being the cheapest option around.
Contract & Pricing
Understanding what is included in the various photography packages will help you decide on what is the best fit for you. The benefit the of working with a professional photographer who has a contract with a clear outline of their packages, turn-a-round time, policies for cancellation is the reassurance of knowing that you are covered. Working with a friend or family member on a verbal basis is rolling the dice in many ways, not only is there not a clear expectation of what they will provide but what is their back up plan if a camera fails or they can't make it? A professional will have plans in place and safeguards that come from years of experience.
There are so many great wedding photographers in Butte County, we know you will find the perfect option for you! If you need help reaching out to potential photographers, feel free to drop a comment below or reach out on our contact page!