Wedding photoshoots can be awkward, but they don’t have to be! To ensure that you and your partner look amazing in all of your photos. Follow this bride’s guide to hiring a photographer to shoot your big day. This guide will teach you everything from the best time of year to get married to what questions to ask potential photographers before signing with them to how to pose so your photos turn out great! By following this guide, you’ll be well on your way to having gorgeous wedding photos you’ll love showing off again and again for years to come!


What to Look For When Picking a Wedding Photographer

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When it comes time to hire a photographer for your wedding, there are some important factors you should look for. Your wedding is arguably one of the most important events in your life, and getting high-quality photos will help you relive it for years to come. So before hiring a photographer, check their portfolio and make sure they have experience shooting weddings. If their portfolio consists mostly of senior portraits or engagement sessions, you might want to go with someone else. There are plenty of photographers who specialize in shooting weddings. So use that as one of your criteria when picking someone from whom to hire.


How Much Does It Cost?

Choosing a photographer is not an easy task. There are lots of factors, from price and location to experience and skill level, that you’ll need to consider before making your decision. A general rule of thumb is that professional photography will cost at least $1,000 for eight hours of work (pre-wedding prep time included. But prices can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 or more. This means that it might be wise to set up an appointment with three different photographers before booking one. Many brides prefer using WeddingWire or The Knot for finding wedding vendors. These sites also offer comprehensive pricing information so you know exactly what you’re getting into before you commit.


How Do I Pick My Wedding Photography Team?

The decision of whether or not to hire professional wedding photography is usually made early on in your planning process. Even if you decide not to hire one, you’ll likely need family members and friends present during some portions of your day who are able to handle certain jobs. For example, snapping photos of people getting ready, etc. But when it comes down to it, hiring a professional photographer can help ensure that there are photos you love from all parts of your day.

To make sure you pick photographers that are right for you though, make sure they’re trustworthy. There are various ways to do so, but having them meet with you in person might be best. And giving them references may be something worth researching as well. Once trust has been established between yourself and your team, look at previous work to determine what style will best match yours. 


What Type of Experience Do They Have?

The wedding industry is huge, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are many photographers. If you’re going to spend money on your wedding photos, it’s important to make sure they will turn out beautifully. The best way to do that is by talking to other brides and looking at previous work. Make sure you go over what type of experience each photographer has had, whether or not they have been published in magazines or books and what kind of technical equipment they have. And don’t just ask about their past experience – find out how often they take pictures and if they can guarantee results based on their track record. Wedding photography is art but it’s also business – pick someone with both backgrounds!


Who Will Be Involved In My Wedding Day Shoot?

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Obviously, you’ll want your groom involved in every stage of planning. He’ll be responsible for his own attire and grooming (if necessary), any music choices for your ceremony and reception, and overall coordination with vendors and other attendees. As far as photoshoots go, however, he may not need much involvement beyond that of a supportive partner—much like you won’t need too much hands-on involvement in his golf tournament planning. Ultimately, it’s up to you how involved or uninvolved your partner will be in wedding day shoot preparations.


Consideration For Hiring a Photographer

When hiring for your big day, it is important that you are comfortable with your wedding photographer. On your big day, you will be feeling so many different emotions. You need someone who can capture these without making you feel uncomfortable in front of their lens. One of the best ways to ensure you have made a good choice is by speaking with previous clients of theirs and looking at examples of their work.  If they don’t share any previous pictures then take that as a red flag. If they do show pictures but there aren’t any people shots or close-ups then again, maybe you should keep looking. It’s very difficult for a person to see themselves objectively, especially on one of the most important days of their life!

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