Hello my friend!!!

So you're newly engaged, you may not be completely familiar with the wedding industry, and you're just not sure what you should be looking for in a wedding photographer. It can be an overwhelming process, and sometimes we may overlook some of the most important aspects of choosing a wedding photographer. I'm here to help!! I want to share with you a few things that are very significant in choosing the talented wedding photographer that's responsible for covering your big day. You want to make the choice that's the right fit for you.

5 Things to Look For in Your Wedding Photographer!

From a wedding photographer who's been in the industry for 3 years full time, and has trained with many other seasoned wedding photographers as I go!

Make sure your photographer has a dual card camera, and a backup camera!!

Ask your potential photographer about their equipment! Wedding photographers should have a camera that can hold two memory cards instead of one... because unfortunately, memory cards do corrupt! SD card corruption is no one's fault, it's just the downfall of technology/equipment these days. It doesn't happen often, but on the off chance that it does, your photographer should have their second memory card to go from. That way, all photos are still safe and sound!!

A backup camera is also a very important requirement for wedding photography!! Cameras do break or randomly act up (trust me, it's happened to me before, but luckily never on a wedding day!) so having another camera easily accessible is a must. Especially on a wedding day!! I always carry two cameras with me on a wedding day.

Piggy backing onto the previous tip... make sure your photographer has a back up plan!

Let's say your wedding photographer gets sick on the day of the wedding. Or maybe there was a sudden family emergency. It would be extremely unfortunate, and we pray it never happens, but sometimes it does. My own personal track record: I've never missed a wedding in 3 years. Hopefully it stays that way!

Ask your photographer if they have a backup photographer. By backup photographer, I mean ask if they have a list of trusted, talented backup photographers. If something were to happen, you don't want your photographer to be the one who posts on Facebook scrambling last minute to find a backup! If you booked two photographers for your wedding, the lead photographer will usually ask the second photographer to step up to lead. (In most cases, or maybe just my case!) In turn, the second photographer will be the one replaced with an associate.

Regardless, please ask your photographer about their back up plans in case of emergency so that you're aware!!

Make sure you align with your photographer's style... meaning you love it as much as they do!

Your photographer will advertise their style daily, on websites or social media. Reviewing your photographer's website should give you a pretty great overview of their style. When I say style, I mean beyond the colors/edits on an image. You should be able to feel the style your photographer resonates with by how you feel when you see their images. Definitely do your research, and definitely ask to view a full wedding gallery before booking!

The most popular styles you'll see lately are:

Bright and Airy

Dark and Moody

A mix between the two

Something natural yet bold

However, I describe my own style as bright, light, and true to life. I showcase timeless images that are romantic and represent emotion. Ask your photographer to go into detail about their style and what it represents!

A level of communication that you're comfortable with!

Communication is a huge factor when you're working with multiple vendors to coordinate such a special day. I don't advise this as focusing mostly on how quickly your vendors respond, but in how well they respond. When you first reach out to your photographer, ask them about their normal response times. Everyone is different depending on our schedules! I personally respond to all emails or messages within 72 hours, but others could be longer.

When your photographer does communicate with you, it should be very thorough communication. Make sure all of your questions are answered fully. Definitely don't hesitate to ask what you need to to make yourself feel better! Some photographers prefer to communicate through email or message while others prefer to jump on the phone. Don't be afraid to let your photographer know as well if you would rather communicate a specific way! We are here to serve you and are happy to accommodate your needs to the fullest.

Choose someone with a wonderful personality that you can connect with.

If you don't feel that you vibe with your wedding photographer, it can be tricky to work together well. This can be why it's a great idea to chat on the phone with your photographer: so you can get a feel for each other's personalities, likes and dislikes, and more about your vision. Your photographer should get along well with you, want to support you as much as possible, and be completely comfortable with your requests. If you don't get this vibe from meeting your photographer, maybe you need to give it a little more thought.

In conclusion...

As a wedding vendor, we all just want the best for you on your wedding day. That's our main goal. We are here to serve you to the best of our abilities. The right photographer for you will have the right heart for this profession and it will show in their work, conversation, and dedication to you.