Today we welcome the much needed advice from local photographer Jenice Baker. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed when starting out the search for the perfect photographer, so we’re very grateful for the practical tips she shares with us today. We love that she totally supports a healthy Pinterest addiction! Take it away Jenice:
You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now you need to hire a wedding photographer and you feel the rush to hire one early on in your wedding planning (as well you should!), yet with a vast array of high quality wedding photographers to choose from you aren’t quite sure where to begin.
Can I tell you something? If there was only one piece of advice I could give all couples as they search for a wedding photographer it would be this – do not hire a photographer based solely on price and budget. Hire a wedding photographer that fits your PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE and your budget.
The reality is you don’t get to re-do your wedding pictures. They are a onetime thing. And they are one of the few lasting representations of your wedding day. They are the memento from your wedding day that you are going to display in your home. You are going to show your wedding album to your friends and family when they ask about your special day for years to come.
If your photographer doesn’t fit your style, you may find yourself hesitant to show off your photos or put them on display. When you think of your wedding portraits, it may bring sadness and regret. With all the money you may spend on photography (and your wedding!), how sad and disappointing would that be?
With all that said, how do you go about discovering your personal photography style? Grab a wedding magazine. Stalk wedding photographers on Facebook. Explore wedding blogs such as Apple Brides. Spend some time on Pinterest and pin image after image that catches your eye. That’s the key! What catches your eye? Which images does your mind find beautiful and pleasing?
Once you have a large amount of images, start sorting them into two categories – ones that you love because of the color style (Are they dark & moody, bright & colorful, sharp & crisp, soft & light, a mixture of these?) and ones that you love because of presentation of the people or items photographed (Do you prefer natural posing or dramatic, candid or artistic, classy and timeless, amusing and full of props, etc.?). You may not be able to define it in photographer’s lingo, but you have just discovered your style.
Now go and find the photographer that fits that style! How do you best do that? Go back to Apple Brides and the wedding photographers you stalked on Facebook. Look through their websites and start evaluating them. Do they fit your style? Do their images catch your eye? Be sure not to simply limit your evaluation to their homepage and portfolio. Examine a blog post or two (or three) that show a wedding they have captured. You might even ask to see a wedding gallery of a current client of the photographer to view how the photographer captured the entire event.
Once you have found photographers that fit your style, then look at the cost. Don’t regret your wedding photography choices. Sure you can have an awesome and extremely talented photographer but if their images don’t please your eye what a loss! Both to you and them.
A wedding blog post that I feel reflects my style can be found here.