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How To Find The Right Wedding Photographer: 9 Steps

Congratulations on getting engaged - now to start looking for a wedding photographer! The right wedding photographer can gorgeously capture the day’s emotions and happenings, while that perfect picture can instantly take you back to the happiest day of your life. Here are our 9 steps for finding the right wedding photographer for you.


Step 1: Find Your Preferred Photography Style
Before you start sifting through photographers, figure out the style of photography that you like. Do you like contemporary, documentary, vintage or a hint of glamour fashion? Spend some time online browsing through wedding photographs to get a sense of the style you prefer. This will narrow down your focus.


Step 2: Decide On The Level Of Service That You Need
You may only need photographs of your ceremony, or you may want to also photograph your pre-wedding engagement sessions, rehearsal dinner, bridal portraits and newlywed photos. Think about how you want the photos to be displayed. Do you have the skills to edit the photos?

Image: Ben Sowry

Step 3: Determine Your Budget
These days there is a wedding photographer for every budget. You can find good value with photographers, but remember that photography is one of the most important parts of your wedding day. It’s worth paying more for someone who is experienced and has a positive track record.


Step 4: Start Researching Photographers
These days with social media, researching photographers is a whole lot easier. Jump on Instagram and search for hashtags such as #weddingphotographers, #weddingphotoideas and #sydneywedding to find local photographers and their works. Then check out their Facebook pages to see the reviews that people leave on their pages. Also, take a note of how much experience each photographer has. The great thing about an experienced photographer in comparison to a novice is that they will bring an element of calmness with them to the wedding and know how to deal with certain situations that may arise. They’ll also have a sense of timing and see opportunities that a novice may miss. Lastly, don’t forget to also ask other couples for their recommendations!

Image: Deb Boots

Step 5: Meet and Interview Photographers
After you have narrowed down your selections to around five to seven wedding photographers, make appointment to interview them. It’s likely that the photographer will show you a few albums. Be sure to view at least one album of an entire wedding, preferable one that is comparable to the style of your wedding rather than just a “best of” highlight reel from different weddings. This is a more accurate way to gauge the photographer’s work. Ask yourself, does he/she shoot photos that are artistic or standard? Do the guests look natural or self-conscious? Do the photos capture the mood organically or does the couple’s poses feel forced? Also, notice how polite they are - is this someone you will want to be around when you are stressed and exhausted?


Step 6: Discuss the Fee and Contract
Find out what parts of your wedding day will be covered and how many hours you have with your photographer. Make sure that the photographer that you have met with will be the one that will show up on the day and whether or not you should expect an assistant or second photographer. Determine if the fee includes albums, prints and high-resolution images. Communicate clearly the details of the day and the specific types of photographs that you want. Don’t forget to inquire about when you can expect to receive everything (prints can take up to three months while albums can take up to a year!).

Image: Julian Beattie


Step 7: Visit Your Venue with the Photographer
Take your photographer with you to the wedding venue and discuss with them the potential photos that you would like them to take and where your favourite spots are. They’ll be able to tell you what is possible and also contribute with some creative ideas of their own that you hadn’t considered.


Step 8: Do a Test Run with an Engagement Photo Shoot
An engagement photo shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable with them.

Image: Deb Boots

Step 9: Confirm Everything
One of the golden rules of wedding planning is to confirm everything several times as there are always changes and requests. After you have signed the contract, confirm details 3 months before the wedding, and then again 1-2 weeks before.


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