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Choosing a wedding photographer

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Whether you’re just beginning to plan your wedding, or you’re wrapping up the final details, choosing a wedding photographer is something that requires some serious research. Although finding your photographic soulmate can seem overwhelming, there are some simple steps you can follow to keep your stress levels at a minimum.

According to the wedding planning website, The Knot, the first thing you should do is settle on a style of photography that resonates with you. Do you like a candid, spontaneous documentary style? Or are you more of an edgy “trash the dress” type? Deciding on a style first will help you narrow down your choices in the early stages.

When it comes time to interview potential candidates, think about whether or not there’s a personality match. Will you feel comfortable being yourself around this person? Will your friends and family jive? Inside Weddings has put together a  great list of questions to ask yourself when interviewing potential photographers.

It goes without saying, but it’s always a good idea to discuss the photographer’s fees early on. Many photographers list package prices on their website, but there may be other elements that you haven’t thought of. What happens if the reception runs late? Will your photographer be able to extend their working day? Is a second photographer included in the stated fee? Be sure you understand what’s included in the price, and if you’re not sure, then ask. Brides.com has given us some great things to think about when discussing the investment.

There are also many sources dedicated to helping you find vendors in your areas. Some of our favorites are:

Green Wedding Shoes
Intimate Weddings
WeddingWire
The Knot
Perfect Wedding Guide

Check out more tips for choosing the right wedding photographer, including finding someone within your price range and getting testimonials from past clients.

 

Photo credit: Green Wedding Shoes