How to Choose the Right Wedding Photographer for You | Maine and Florida Wedding Photography
Updated: Feb 12, 2020
Hey there, I'm Emily of Elusive Photography, a luxury wedding photography boutique in Southern Maine and Southern Florida. This blog is all about how to choose the best wedding photographer for you including tips to consider, questions to ask, and tasks to complete before starting the search. While you're here, enjoy some of my favorite wedding portraits!
Tips for Finding the Right Wedding Photographer
Are you reading this because you just got engaged and are overwhelmed with all the planning that needs to be done? If so, congratulations are in order for you and your partner! After all the excitement has settled, it's time to get down to figuring out who is going to have the honor of joining in your wedding day with you in the form of both guests and professionals. I'm sure you've guessed it, but I can help with one of the most important things to consider for your wedding: the photographer. How do you find the one that is perfect for YOU? Keep reading, and I will explain all the things to consider to make sure one of the biggest days of your life will be perfectly commemorated for you to look back on.
1) PICK A VENUE FIRST, THEN FIND THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Once you have a date for the wedding and have found the venue, you can start searching photographers and have a better sense of their actual availability. You’ll want to make sure that the photographer you choose is comfortable with and able to work proficiently in your venue. For example, if you choose an indoor ballroom, you’ll want to make sure your photographer owns and is proficient with a flash system for both the ceremony - which should look more like daylight, and during the reception, which requires totally different lighting. If you're looking for outdoor portraits or have a portion of the day outside, you'll want to be sure that your photographer is proficient in all types of outdoor lighting - like harsh sunlight (not fun), weird color casts, and of course bad weather. Your photographer will also need to be familiar with the venue itself. Don't take this to mean that your photographer needs to have a portfolio at that very venue, most photographers visit places for the first time the day of the wedding and do amazing work. However, you'll want to make sure that they're at least be comfortable with the types of space they will be in. Most venues have a representative your photographer can speak to if they have any questions about setting up lighting or what equipment is allowed. Many of us are also premier Google Earth location scouters and can get lots of information from satellites, Instagram, Google Images, and other forms of location scouting.
Sometimes, your photographer may be willing to visit the venue with you for a walk through. Usually, this isn't so much for their benefit, but to help you ease your mind. Don't be afraid to ask and to express any concerns you may have with their familiarity with the venue. If it seems difficult or particularly small or dark, it may very well be worth a walk-through together.
At Elusive Photography, I offer a boutique service which means that I take on no more than two weddings a month and I have the time to spend with couples going through all of the details. While I may not need to do walk throughs with clients, I often find that they're beneficial because we get to work through problems with a third point of view (couple/venue/myself) and it helps remove a lot of anxiety from the couple.