And so the adventure begins!
It’s happening! You’re marrying your person! Take time to soak in every moment because it goes by quicker than you think. Looking back on your wedding day, I hope you not only see the moments that happened, but feel them all over again each and every time.
To do that, you need to have the right Lehigh Valley wedding photographer. By that I mean, you need the photographer that you connect with, someone who wants to document your story according to the truth of who you are. There are many things to consider when you’re looking for a photographer and it can take a lot of time. So, today, I’m sharing with you my 5 Tips to Choosing your Wedding Photographer.
Let's dive in!
#1: Have your date set and venue booked
#1: your wedding date
#2: venue and location
When reaching out to potential wedding photographers be sure to include these two details. We will be able to tell you if we are available on your date as well as give you a more accurate idea of what your investment will be.
Even if your date and venue aren’t set in stone, still begin reaching out to Lehigh Valley wedding photographers earlier rather than later. You get the conversation going and you will be able to see if they are someone you would like to work with. Secure your photographer about 9 months in advance; 12 months or earlier if your photographer is in high demand. When you find the wedding photographer you connect with and must have for your wedding, book them asap! Chances are if you really love them, other couples do as well and dates go fast.
#2: Know the styles of wedding photography
this will help narrow down your search instead of feeling overwhelmed by looking at tons of photographers’ work. go with the style you both love! keep in mind most photographers bring a mix of these into their work.
A focus on capturing the details that are important to you including family photos and decor, as well as any other photos on your shot list. Think of it like a modern approach to your grandparents wedding photos. This approach can encompass true to color, bright and airy, as well as, some moody styles.
A more creative approach and can be dramatic and edgy. Think magazines such as GQ and Vogue. Posed photos are emphasized rather than candid moments.
A creative approach where every moment captured can potentially stand-alone as a piece in a gallery. Also tends to lean toward bright and airy.
The photographer acts as more of a fly on the wall capturing moments as they happen as well as the planned ones. Candid and in-between moments are at the heart of this style. It’s can be more true to color and moody/darker than the traditional style.
#3: Cheap doesn’t always mean better
these are your memories we’re talking about
Setting a budget and deciding on what’s most important to both of you is essential. But, remember these are not just pictures you’re investing in, they are your memories, a season of your lives and the story you share together. When you look back at them they should make you feel the day all over again, not just remember it.
You may think you could save some money by letting your Uncle Jim or your sister-in-law photograph your wedding, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard couples say how much they wish they would have hired a professional wedding photographer. Anyone can use a camera yes, but it takes more than being able to press a few buttons. When you hire a professional wedding photographer you are getting all of their experience.
do your homework
Research to make sure the wedding photographer you choose is up to the task. Do they have a website in addition to their social media? View their online portfolio as it will give you an idea of what they feel their best work is while also helping you gauge if you’re a good fit for each other before you even beginning chatting with them. Following them for awhile on social media is also a great way to get a feel for their personality and what it would be like to work with them.
#4: Don’t go in blind
again, these are your memories
Don’t let your wedding day be the first time you meet your photographer! After reaching out if you feel like they might be the one, schedule a time to meet for coffee (or pizza haha) or even just a FaceTime call. It helps you get a feel for one another and how well you connect. It’s also a good time to ask questions you’d like more details about.
take a look at their social media
Are they active on Instagram stories/Facebook Live? How do they interact with their audience? Social media isn’t the be all end all, but it’s another way to see what your potential photographer is like and what it might be like to work with them.
#5: Connection is everything!
When it comes down to it, the only tangible reminders you’ll have from your wedding day are your pictures. You want to be sure you have someone there who is there for you and your memories! You will be spending most of your time with your photographer so make sure it’s someone you like and feel comfortable with. The better you connect, the more trust you build. That results in your photographer being able to document your love story the way it deserves to be told!
Well, there you have it!
I can’t emphasize enough how you are not only investing in pictures. These are tangible reminders of one of the biggest days in your lives. Moments you’ll be able to relive forever. What matters to me is that you have the photographer you connect with and believe in 1000% to capture your story in a way that reflects who you are as a couple. I hope this will guide you in your search for that person, your Lehigh Valley wedding photographer!