How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Calling all engaged couples alike, gather ’round real close – we’re going to talk about choosing a wedding photographer. Unlike the work of your other wedding vendors: the MC/DJ, the florist, the baker, your wedding photographs aren’t things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first—you don’t really know what you’re getting until after the fact. It’s important to research and be selective about a wedding photographer regarding professional skills, an artistic style that matches yours, and personality that ensures a trustworthy and comfortable relationship between you, your significant other, and your photographer.

Colorado Wedding Photographer (that’s me, Jill Simonds of Simonds Photographic) is partnering with The Print Café based in Fort Collins, CO to cover tips (recorded event for those who aren’t able to log in live) on key components of choosing a wedding photographer. In our FREE, live web seminar – the first in an on-going series – I will cover the nitty-gritty on selecting a photographer by a style that matches yours, how to ask the key questions such as: Do the images move you?; Do they tell a complete story?; Are they real, and do the people look comfortable? Do you prefer photojournalism/documentary, fine art, portraiture?

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Secondly, we have to talk money. Pricing, budget, and ensuring that the budget is not your end-all be-all deciding factor of the perfect wedding photographer to capture the day. When the budget is tight, it’s easy to look at the $ signs before the work, talent, or the artists themselves. Try to research photographers that check off of your boxes visually first, and then narrow down to what fits your budget. Remaining within a strict budget is a challenge, I get it, but we’ll work through key questions to ensure you do not sacrifice your wedding photographs, because at the end of your wedding day, the food and flowers will be gone. Your wedding photographs will remain. They will be the enduring proof of one of the most important events that take place in your life, so let’s get them right the first time.

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Let’s not underestimate personality. You’ll learn the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. What most brides and grooms may not realize initially, is that the photographer is typically who you’ll spend the most time with on your wedding day. They’re behind your every move, there to capture the entire story as it happens. There have been numerous occasions I’ve also served as a coordinator or assistant, carrying the bride’s train from location to location, holding her lipstick in my camera bag, and ensuring everyone is in the right place at the right time. Your wedding photographer will be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you feel with your photographer, the more natural and beautiful your photos will turn out.

Last, but certainly not least: quality quality quality. Sure, according to any online photography forum, there is a right and a wrong way to take a photo. Understanding photographic quality as a non-professional may not come naturally. When it comes to wedding photography, what you’re really looking for is a storytelling technique that matches your idea of how your wedding will be. In our seminar, you’ll learn how to understand different aspects of lighting and composition in very layman’s terms to help guide you in your research and ultimately select a wedding photographer whose style moves you, quality is unquestionable, and can work with your budget.

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Join us from wherever you are, in your home, possibly in your slippers and ask all of your burning questions. Hope to see you there 4PM MT Sunday, April 24!