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How To Pick Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing the right wedding photographer for your wedding day is a difficult task and, in my opinion, perhaps one of the most important decisions you will make in terms of your wedding planning.

My wedding day in Cripps Barn went by so fast. While I cherish all the memories, there is nothing like an image to capture all the little details and small moments you forget or simply missed the day. Having great images to look over after my wedding was a truly special moment for me and my husband: we could slow down and take it all in, and live it all over again. And it all came down to choosing the right photographer.

Your photographer should be able to capture the moments you find important and do it in a way that reflects the way you want to remember your wedding, whether it is a unique atmosphere or the camaraderie between your friends and family, the venue or the precious moments between you and your new husband. Every wedding photographer has his or her own style. Before looking for a wedding photographer, think about the style of images you want. You can read more on my site in a previous blog entry about the four primary wedding photography styles.

When it came time to choosing the photographer for my wedding, I already knew that I wanted a documentary-style photographer who would capture real, candid moments throughout my wedding: interactions between people, fun and laughter. I wanted timeless photos my children and grandchildren might relate to and enjoy for years to come.

A great example of timeless photographs are these images from my parents-in-law on their wedding day in the Veluwe. They were taken 40 years ago and yet still look great to this day.

After figuring out that this ‘timeless’ style was the one I wanted, I narrowed down my search and found and interviewed three different photographers. How did I know they would take the images I wanted? First of all, by looking at their portfolio and second, and perhaps even more important still, by making sure I had a good connection with the photographer themselves.

If you can connect and communicate with your photographer then he or she will really ‘get’ what you’re looking for in your images. I wanted to be able to make sure that I found the photographer easy to talk to, someone I could see myself being friends because, after all, I would be in their hands on one of the most important days of my life.

So, my tips for picking your wedding photographer? Figure out the style you want, choose photographers who have a proven track record in taking these kinds of photos, interview the photographers in person and, lastly, make sure you have a great connection with them!