for choosing your wedding photographer
by Jake + Genessa, Wedding + Elopement Photographers
Sept 4th, 2019
If you’re in the frenzy of planning your wedding (or elopement— those still take a lot of planning!), you’ve probably asked yourself, “how do we choose our wedding photographer?”
Since we’re elopement photographers, you’re getting all the insider points. You’re getting the honest and brutal advice, not “hire me!”. Because really, I don’t want you to hire us just because I said that. I keep telling people that they’re not trying to find the best photographer, they’re trying to find the right photographer. There are so many thousands of talented and kind artists out there who do amazing work. But just because they take nice photos, or they’re the cheapest photographer in the area shouldn’t be the reason you hire them.
If you’re currently looking for an elopement photographer or wedding photographer, the first place to look is the location of your elopement/wedding. Make sure if you’re eloping to a destination (i.e. Spain), to check out “Spain Elopement Photographers” on Instagram, or google it. That way you’ll find photographers in the area and who are familiar with it.
If you can confidently answer these questions with “YES!!” then whoever your photographer is, they are a good fit for you!
Are you in LOVE with their work? Check their Blogs, Instagram, etc. This includes their editing style— if you’re not sold on how they edit their photos, I say find someone else! Find someone whose photos blow you away every time they post to Instagram.
Do you get along really well? Get on the phone with them and actually talk to them. Do you feel like you have a shared vision? It’s more about relationship than it is about business, it’s your wedding day, not a transaction! It’s super important to know who they are and what they stand for.
Do you trust them? This is probably going to be the best day of your life (or one of them). Do you trust your photographer to OWN the day; to do their job effectively and professionally? If you feel like you need to give out pointers, it’s a sign that you don’t fully trust them, and that means you guys aren’t the best fit.
And if you love a photographer’s work, but they’re based out of a different country? Honestly, it is WAY more worth it to fly them out for your elopement than for you to end up settling for a photographer that is “decent”.
For reading this! I truly hope it’s been helpful for you as you plan your wedding day. I’m so happy you stopped by! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us.