Some Tips on Finding a Wedding Photographer for Your Big Day
Ah, the big day is coming up and you need to find the best wedding photographer to capture the memories. But where do you even start? Don't worry, I'm here to guide you through the process with my sarcastic wit and humor. Here are some ways to find the best wedding photographer:
Ask your friendsWho needs Google when you have friends who have already gone through the whole wedding planning ordeal? Ask around and see if any of your friends have any recommendations. Just make sure you trust their taste in photography. If they recommend someone who took pictures of them with a disposable camera, maybe take their recommendation with a grain of salt.
Instagram stalkingLet's be real, we spend hours scrolling through Instagram anyways. Why not put that time to good use and stalk potential photographers? Look for hashtags like #weddingphotographer or #weddingphotography and see whose work catches your eye. Just don't accidentally like a photo from 2015 and give away your stalking tendencies.
Wedding exposIf you're feeling particularly adventurous, attend a wedding expo. It's like speed dating, but for wedding vendors. You can talk to multiple photographers in one day and get a feel for their style and personality. Just be prepared for the onslaught of wedding brochures and samples that vendors will shove into your hands
GoogleYes, I know I just dissed Google earlier, but it can still be a useful tool. Just be prepared to sift through the endless pages of search results. And let's be honest, who actually goes past the first page anyways?
Referrals from other vendorsIf you've already hired a wedding planner or florist, ask them for recommendations. They work with photographers all the time and can give you an insider's perspective on who's the best of the best. Just make sure they don't recommend their cousin who just got a camera for Christmas.
Check out their portfolioThis one seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people don't bother to look at a photographer's portfolio before hiring them. Make sure their style aligns with what you're looking for and that they have experience shooting weddings. You don't want to hire a landscape photographer who has never taken a photo of people before.
Read reviewsReviews can be a great way to get an idea of a photographer's work ethic and personality. Just take them with a grain of salt, as some people can be unreasonable and leave bad reviews for ridiculous reasons. If someone complains that the photographer didn't capture their good side, it's probably not the photographer's fault.
Meet them in personOnce you've narrowed down your list of potential photographers, meet them in person. This will give you a chance to see if your personalities mesh well and if you feel comfortable around them. Plus, you can finally put a face to the name instead of just stalking them on Instagram.
Don't base your decision solely on priceI know weddings can be expensive, but don't let price be the only deciding factor. A cheap photographer might not have the experience or equipment necessary to capture your day properly. And on the flip side, just because someone is expensive doesn't mean they're the best. Do your research and find a photographer whose style and personality aligns with yours.
Trust your gutAt the end of the day, trust your instincts. If you don't feel comfortable around a photographer or don't like their style, don't hire them. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want to make sure it's captured perfectly.
So there you have it, folks. Ten ways to find the best wedding photographer. Remember, finding the right photographer is just as important as finding the right partner (ok, maybe not that important, but you get the idea). Take your time, do your research, and don't settle for anything less than the best.
But let's be real, even the best wedding photographer can't magically make your crazy Aunt Karen behave or prevent your drunk cousin from photobombing every picture. So, in the end, just enjoy the day and let the photographer do their thing. They're professionals, after all.
And who knows, maybe you'll end up with some hilarious photos that you can laugh about for years to come. I mean, who doesn't want a photo of themselves mid-sneeze or with their eyes closed during the first kiss? It's all about finding the beauty in imperfection, right?
In all seriousness though, your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event and you want to make sure you have beautiful photos to remember it by. So, take the time to find the right photographer who will capture your day perfectly. And who knows, maybe they'll even make you look better than you do in real life (hey, we can dream).
In the end, just remember to have fun, enjoy the day, and trust the professionals to do their job. And if all else fails, just hire a photographer who specializes in taking pictures of pets. That way, if your wedding turns into a complete disaster, at least you'll have cute photos of your furry friends to look back on.