Let me tell you a little secret about hiring your wedding photographer: their work isn’t the most important thing.
You might be saying to yourself, “Seriously? What do you mean?! I’m buying their work!”
Well, you aren’t wrong. I’m not trying to say that technical ability, style, and the emotional reactions inspired by the art aren’t important. It’s just that those things aren’t the most important factor when it comes to hiring your wedding photographer.
The actual most important thing? How much you love your photographer’s personality. That, my new internet friend, is truly what you need to figure out before hiring your wedding photographer.
Now, back to a previous point I briefly mentioned about a photographer’s ability, style, emotional elicitation super skills. I pinky promise that you really don’t have to know anything about photography to make a great decision in this area.
Essentially, you want to find a photographer whose work just has that “it” factor for you. It speaks to you. You’ll like the colors, how you feel when you look at it. You can start imagining yourself looking as stunning or sexy or romantic or carefree or what have you in their work. Sure, there are fancy photography terms to talk about all of these things, but as a bride, you really don’t need to know them. All you need to know is that you like what you see, and that you see that consistent look and feel over and over again. If it’s on that photographer’s social media, their website, and their galleries, and it’s all consistent, that’s great!
But here lies the problem. Once you know what you like, there are still SO. MANY. OPTIONS. There are probably minute differences that you can start to discern, but it becomes obvious that there is just a lot of talent out there.
So then how do you really narrow down the right choice, the perfect choice, for hiring your wedding photographer?
You get to know that person. Because if we’re being perfectly honest, not everyone is going to make you feel the warm fuzzies after you chat with them. You may love a photographer’s work, but they might have as much personality as a potato chip when you strike up a conversation.
Or maybe they’re super quiet (nothing wrong with that. Introverts can be fun! And quirky?! Definitely fun still! I’m also a bit introverted myself. Maybe a bit of an ambivert, though, too) but you’re super loud. You want someone that’s going to hype you up on your wedding day, so that quiet thing just isn’t your vibe.
Or you can say episodes of Parks and Rec by heart, but your photographer is a stoic. So he really, really won’t like your Andy impressions.
Look–to be clear, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with all the different personalities out there. But that doesn’t mean you jive with everyone equally. And that’s okay!! Your wedding photographer watches you get into your wedding dress. The bride spends more time with her photographer than her soon to be husband on the wedding day. So you have to really enjoy the person you choose. Because she will be right up in your business all day long.
This is why I have a consultation call as part of my inquiry process. I have to get to know you, and you have to get to know me.
If I can make you laugh, that’s a good sign! If you like the Jonas Brothers, I want to work with you immediately. I promise, really!
But personality really does weed out the talented-yet-not-for-you photographers out there; personality is key when hiring your wedding photographer.
Even though I already told you the most important thing when hiring a wedding photographer, I won’t leave you high and dry without everything else to consider.
One last thing to keep in mind for hiring your wedding photographer is the booking timeline.
Again, there’s no real one right way to do things. Some photographers book out way in advance, and others might book something super last minute.
In my opinion, trying to hire in the 12-18 month range before your wedding date really is the sweet spot.
The closer you wait until your wedding date, the more likely it is that your dream photographer already has other plans. Because you are going to get to know your photographer and make sure that you love their personality (pretty please! It’s in your best interest!), it can be quite disappointing to fall in love with someone’s Instagram and then find out they can’t make your date.
So do yourself a favor and once you have your venue and date, start researching photographers!
If you’ve made it to the end of this blog, and if I’ve made you smile, I’d love to hear from you. Maybe I’m your last stop for hiring your wedding photographer. You can fill out my inquiry form by clicking here. I’ll be in touch with you soon!
But no matter what, I hope this helps you. Just remember–you can trust yourself in this process. If you know that you like a look, and you can see that the photographer does that look over and over again, and then you click with that person, it’s a match made in wedding photography heaven.
Best of luck when hiring your wedding photographer!