As a wedding photographer, I always feel a huge responsibility to capture one of the most important moments in a couple and family’s life. Selecting a wedding photographer is crucial and one of the most essential wedding vendors when it comes to planning your big day. But, how do you go about it? What to look for in a wedding photographer?
In this blog, let’s dive into the essential qualities to look for when choosing a wedding photographer. It’s strictly IMO and a simple approach.
In this article
- Attentional to detail
- Posed/Candid/Awe Photos
- Emotional Intelligence
- Preparedness & backups
- Respect for Cultural sensitivities
- Budget & package restrictions
Let’s be honest, You don’t want a grumpy photographer shooting your wedding and ruining your special day. This is something mostly overlooked but quite important. I would rather have someone who is less talented compared to a grumpy-talented photographer. On the other hand, if I were making movies, I would go with the grumpy talented director compared to a less talented friendly director, however this is not a movie set, it’s your special day, I want it to be special! Check if this photographer matches your vibe and plans for your wedding day.
2. Style You Love
A great wedding photographer doesn’t just capture images; they create art. Having a unique perspective and an artistic eye allows them to find beauty in every detail, from candid moments to intricate emotions. You will know if this is someone who cares about your wedding and what they can do to make it capture your wedding in its wholesomeness by talking to them.
3. Attention to detail
Weddings are brimming with small yet significant moments that are often overlooked. A meticulous photographer captures not only the major events but also the subtle emotions and intricate decorations that make every wedding exceptional. Weddings are brimming with small yet significant moments that are often overlooked. A meticulous photographer captures not only the major events but also the subtle emotions and intricate decorations that make every wedding exceptional.
4. Posed/Candid/Awe Photos – Wedding Portfolio
I wanted to specifically call this separately from Style because I feel it’s important. When we browse a photographer’s website we often see a selection of photos from different weddings and many of these are jaw-dropping awe photos. But this one or two jaw-dropping photos don’t tell the whole wedding story. For a photographer, it might be relatively easy to get a few good photos together as a portfolio but you should ask your shortlisted photographer to share full wedding photos. This would give you an idea of what the final product of a single wedding from this photographer would look like, their real style in their groove.
5. Emotional Intelligence
Weddings are events that are filled with emotions. A photographer who has emotional intelligence can connect with the couple and their families’ emotions, which helps them capture genuine expressions and feelings.
6. Preparedness & backups
Being well-prepared ensures that no crucial moment is missed. From scouting locations to creating shot lists, a successful photographer plans meticulously to capture all essential shots. However not just that, the process he follows and backups in his workflow are crucial factors in safeguarding the photos captured on your special day.
Weddings can be long and tiring affairs. Patience is necessary when working through formal group shots or waiting for the perfect lighting. Endurance ensures consistent energy throughout the event.
8. Respect for Cultural Sensitivities
In diverse societies, photographers need to be sensitive to cultural traditions and rituals. Respecting and understanding these nuances can lead to capturing meaningful and respectful images.
9. Budget & Package Restrictions
The wedding photography budget would most likely will dictate your decision to hire a wedding photographer. But every photographer have their packages, understand these packages and options before you make a decision. In an ideal world, I would want someone who can shoot my best day and give me unlimited photos. But in the real world, the wedding photographer will have a set of packages or rules to set clear expectations. Take time to understand these and see what suits your needs better!
Spend as much time as you need to select your wedding photographer, thoroughly investigate the photographers on your list, allocate time for discussions with them, and then make your decision. After considering all factors, trust your instincts and choose the photographer who you feel most confident will capture your wedding day as you envision it.