3 qualities you need in a Wedding Photographer
I got engaged January 14, 2011. I had that date in the back of my mind because it was a whirlwind of a week. But thanks to Facebook, it reminded me of my Engagement-aversary? I know that’s not a word, but roll with it for a second. When I saw the post of myself announcing my Engagement to Facebook, I started reminiscing about that time of newly engaged bliss. That was a crazy week! My 23rd birthday was on the 11th, I started my first full time job on the 12th, and I got engaged 2 days later on the 14th. I remember thinking, “wow, this is real life adulting right here!” As I was reminiscing, I thought to myself, what was the first thing I did after telling everyone about my Engagement?
I started searching for a Wedding photographer. I’m sure you’re not surprised. Wedding photography was one of my top priorities and I was so excited to start my search for my Wedding Photographer. As a bride, you’re inundated with decision-making and it can be tough to narrow things down. And when you are looking for a photographer it can be tough to know exactly what you’re looking for. After all, you’ve never done this before and it’s such an important decision because your Wedding photographs will be the only things left after the wedding. So how do you make the right choice, and how did I make the right choice? There were 3 qualities I was looking for.
The big three
1) Great personality
Personality is KEY! As a bride, it was important to me that I “clicked” with my Wedding Photographer. This person was going to be with me for 8 + hours on my Wedding day and I knew I would have to form a great working relationship with them over the course of my wedding planning. I knew I wanted to work with someone who would make me feel comfortable, who was easy to talk to, and laid-back. I have a laid-back personality and I love to have fun, so I wanted someone who was similar. The wedding day itself can get stressful so having a wedding photographer that can go with the flow and handle the day with ease was very important to me.
It was important for me to read testimonials from other couples to get a sense of how the photographer worked and the type of experience I should expect. It was also important for me to have someone who was responsive. If I had a question, I wanted to be able to send an email and get a quick response. I wanted to know that the photographer was reliable and would provide me with a great experience.
3) Amazing photos
This may seem obvious, but the photographer had to have amazing photos. I scoured tons of websites in search for my wedding photographer. There were several things I was looking for (I’ll elaborate more on another blog post), but the most important thing was that I felt something when viewing the photos. I wanted a connection. When I looked at a picture I wanted to feel something, and I needed to be able to imagine myself in their photos.
I hope this helps you in your search! Happy Wedding planning!