Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: How To Choose A Wedding Photographer

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Q: I’ve looked at and spoken with a few wedding photographers and I’m struggling a bit with who to choose. How do I know if someone is the right one for me?

I totally understand. Choosing a wedding photographer can be really difficult. I struggled with choosing one for my wedding as well and I’m in weddings! So, don’t feel bad.

First off, in order to figure out if a wedding photographer is the right one for you, you want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make a decision. If you haven’t seen our April wedding planning challenge, take a look at that post first. It will walk you through the questions you need to ask in order have the information needed to make the right decision. If you have gone through the challenge and you’ve asked the right questions, but you’re still struggling, check out our quick tip on how to make a wedding decision. I use this myself and it also works for my clients, so give this shot.

Now, if neither of those posts addresses the issue you are having and your issue is more about the style of photography or some other factor like pricing, travel fees or photo albums, you’ll want to take a step back and address what is important to you. What do you imagine your photos will look like? Is it more important for you to stick to a certain price point or get the album you want? You need to really nail down what you want before you can assess which wedding photographer is right for you. Because the right wedding photographer is the one that matches what you want or as closely to what you want as possible.

The right wedding photographer should check the boxes you care about most. If you’re lucky, you can find a wedding photographer that checks all the boxes, but many times it’s about finding the best option. Similar to finding your venue or an apartment, unless you have unlimited funds, they are usually never perfect, but they are close. Your wedding photographer will be similar.

Lastly, don’t forget that important feel good factor. You usually have a feeling about someone when you meet them and it’s the same with your wedding vendors. If you’re struggling, go with the one that feels good. It might be an intangible feeling that you can’t put into words, but something about them and their personality or how they interact with you or what they say that feels good. Trust that, it’s usually pretty spot on.

Happy wedding couple with their wedding photographer at their San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: VAS Photography)

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