Selecting A Wedding Photographer

Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for a wedding photographer.

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PERSONALITY

On your wedding day, your wedding photographer will be with you, your wedding party, and family most of the day. They’ll also be spending time prior to the wedding with planning, and after the wedding for designing your perfect album.

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. Your photographer should be excited by your vision when you describe it. When they make suggestions, they should present them in a clear and respectful way.

Their mannerisms should not be off-putting. In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces. They should be bold enough to go out hunting for great images. Above all, puts you at ease and doesn’t irritate you in any way.

Remember: They’ll be shadowing your every move. The more comfortable both of you are with your photographer, the better the photos will turn out. Likewise, you don’t want your photographer to offend or annoy any guests. To get the best photos, your photographer needs to be assertive enough to seek out great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be a positive force. They should ask lots of questions and be a good listener.

PRICE

Long after the vows have been said and the reception hall has been cleaned up, your wedding photos tell the story of your big day. They’ll capture the special moments you cherish.

We’ve all heard the unfortunate stories about couples who based their selection of their wedding photographer simply on price. Wedding photographer prices can vary depending on many factors. Factors include your wedding’s location, the type of services and packages you’re looking for, your photographer’s experience and level of expertise, the number of photographers, and the number of hours you book for.

Photographer reputation and demand have a huge impact on rates. Professional photographers with a widely recognized brand will cost more than those just starting out. Experience will also affect costs. A new photographer will often offer discounts to build clientele, while more established pros will have rates reflecting their experience. Most wedding photographers only work one wedding a day, so secure their services early with a deposit.

In general, wedding photographer prices in the U.S. tend to range between $1,200 and $3,000, with the average wedding photographer cost hovering around $2,000. Wedding costs will be higher for larger cities like Chicago & New York. Your wedding photographer will likely comprise about 12-15 percent of your overall wedding budget.

COVERAGE

Wedding coverage is typically 6-12 hours with 8-10 hours being the average. The number of hours is dependent on your wedding day plans, and the vision you have for the photos you are interested in. Below is a starting point for planning. Your professional wedding photographer will be able to work with you to determine the appropriate number of hours for your wedding day.

6 hours of coverage

Plenty for small weddings where the ceremony and reception are in the same location. There won’t be much time for detail shots or photos of you getting ready. You should be able to get portraits, ceremony, family photos, first dance, & cake cutting. There won’t be many photos of the reception once dancing starts.

8 hours of coverage

Usually enough time for an “average size” wedding (about 100-150 people), and the ceremony & reception take place at the same location. If you have your heart set on doing a first look, we highly recommend at least 8 hours of coverage.

10 hours of coverage

Great if you don’t want to feel rushed to get all of the shots you want on your wedding day, or if your wedding ceremony and reception are taking place in different locations. This provides sufficient time to travel to the second location and still get all of the shots you want.

12 hours of coverage

Great if you have a very large wedding party (8-12 groomsmen/bridesmaids) or you have a huge wedding party and family. Why? With everyone in “party mode” it means that it can be hard to get and keep people’s attention (not to mention the fact that it can be difficult to find and get the right people in the right place all at the right time!). If you’re working with a really awesome wedding planner or designer, you’ve put in a ton or work with designing the wedding you’ve always wanted and, it would be a bummer if all of those details didn’t get photographed.

If you’re undecided don’t worry. Your professional wedding photographer knows there are a bunch of things that can make one package work over another and will be happy to work with you.

NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHERS

When it comes to the great “one versus two wedding photographers” debate, the “right” answer tends to vary from photographer to photographer, and often depends on the size of your wedding. If you’re having a very intimate and small wedding, having just one photographer present may suffice. However, if you’re hosting a larger wedding with lots of guests, you will likely need a primary photographer as well as a second photographer, and perhaps assistants to help with lighting and coordination.

Having a second shooter can be beneficial in capturing different perspectives and angles throughout the day—and can make your wedding day timeline run even more smoothly. With two photographers on hand, both your and your future spouse’s getting-ready processes can be photographed at the same time. It’s best to discuss your specific wedding and needs with your photographer to determine the best staffing situation.

WEDDING ALBUM

A beautifully designed wedding album is a great way of displaying all of the images from your wedding day. It’s a keepsake that generations will enjoy year after year.

Albums come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. Your photographer will assist you with determining the number of pages, images, and material options for your album.

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Engagement Sessions
Starting at | 195

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8 Hours | 2-Photographers | 2-Videographers

Starting at | 2995

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8 Hours | 2-Photographers

Starting at | 1995

Senior Sessions
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