Congratulations! You just got engaged!
I remember the day I got engaged at Newfields in Indianapolis, Indiana, like it was yesterday. There was such a whirlwind of emotions and so much joy. Then suddenly, the questions began, "where are you getting married?, When are you getting married?, Who will be in your wedding party?, What type of wedding do you want to have?". Let's be honest, the process is overwhelming!
Being an Indianapolis Wedding Photographer has given me insight that I wish someone would have shared with me when I was planning my own wedding years ago. I make it a point in my business to be as helpful as possible as my clients go through the planning process. Obviously, the area in which I can help you most is wedding photography!
Here's to you, new bride-to-be (or groom-to-be). Here are five helpful tips to narrow down that perfect photographer:
Keep your budget in mind, but don't let it be your only deciding factor. If you are anything like me, you've got a wedding budget and it's important to stick to it! However, many new brides tend to get overwhelmed by staying within their budget and then look only for a photographer who fits their budget; forgetting all other important criteria. This is a bad move! I always tell my brides, when the day is over and you have spent months planning this beautiful event, the only thing you will have afterwards is your beautiful marriage and the photographs. You, your children and grandchildren will look back on your wedding images for years. Hopefully, you will have these images hanging in your house for years. I may be a little biased, but I think that photography is one of the most important investments you can make in your wedding day. Don't make a decision you will regret to save a penny. You may still be regretting that decision when you are 80.
Find photographer whose style you like. Once you've narrowed down some photographers in your price point, it's time to start looking at what styles of photography draw you in. Photography is an art and can be done in many different ways, so look for a photographer who has images that speak to you! Are you looking for traditional full body poses, candid images, or maybe something a little more creative and unique? If you aren't an artsy person, you may want to start by just looking at the color. Do you want dark, moody, high-contrast images or are you a fan of light and airy pastels? Decide what you like and go from there! I personally would describe my style as true to color with a little extra pop. I think it's important to have both the posed images with family and the environment, but I am all about showing the style of your wedding through my art. I love making things look unique and creative. I want to tell the story of your day and share all the little details and effort you put into designing your perfect wedding. y goal is for you to look back on your wedding photos and not only see your beautiful day, but feel every emotion you felt on the wonderful day you said "I do".
Ask about a full frame camera. This is a little secret from me to you! The average person knows little about the professional equipment needed to photograph a wedding well. You should look for a wedding photographer who is not only creative and talented, but who also has the equipment necessary to do a good job! With so many people on the internet claiming to be capable wedding photographers, this is my number one tip to help you identify a photographer who is using proper equipment for a wedding. Ask the photographer you're considering if they are using a full-frame camera. This is complicated to explain if you don't know much about cameras, but if you want an in-depth explanation, check this article out here. In short, a full frame camera is able to capture much more detail and and light. It works better in darker settings and means that overall, the camera is better quality. In my personal opinion, a full frame camera is necessary for shooting a wedding. Asking this one simple question will quickly tell you if your potential photographer has invested in their equipment and if their camera will be able to work in all lighting conditions during your wedding day.
View a FULL wedding. It's no secret that the pictures you see on a photographer's website or portfolio are their very best images. It's what they want you to see and there's nothing wrong with that. However, you are going to be receiving hundreds of images that tell the story of your day and it's important to see how that photographer tells the story. Ask the photographer you're considering having photograph your wedding to see an example of a full wedding! You should look for what they focused on throughout the day and how images look in different lighting situations. This will tell you the most about the end product you will receive from your wedding images. You can check out a full wedding that I have shot here!
Make sure you jive with your photographer! This is something that is often overlooked, but it's important. When you finally find someone in your budget and love their work, its time to speak to them directly. I highly encourage you to set up a meeting, or at least a phone conversation, with the photographer you are considering. The day of your wedding, the photographer you choose will be spending the entire day with you, so you really want to make sure your personalities mesh. I stand by this in my business. I meet with every bride (and hopefully groom) before their wedding day to go over the plans they have for their wedding day. I do my best to be a good resource for them by suggesting my favorite vendors and tips for their wedding days. It's important to me that my brides feel comfortable and have trust in me as their chosen professional.
There you go - five tips for finding your dream wedding photographer! I love being a helpful resource to anyone planning a wedding, so please feel free to contact me with any of your questions. Good Luck! You've got this!