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January 29, 2019

3 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

FILED IN: Education, Weddings

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You’re engaged! YAY! This is such an exciting time in your life. You’re planning for the next big step in your life…bringing two lives together as one in marriage! If you were anything like me, as soon as I got engaged, my head started spinning with all of the things I needed to do and plan for our big day! I needed to find a date, a venue, a florist, a DJ, pick out our bridesmaids and groomsmen, find THE DRESS, pick out bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen outfits and then, of course, find a wedding photographer to capture all these important details and moments on our wedding day.

Where do you even start?? It really can be so overwhelming once you really get into the planning side of things. So we want to try and help you out a little bit and share some insight on THREE things to keep in mind while you’re choosing the right photographer for your wedding day! We’ll start by listing out the three things to keep in mind, and then break them down further for you!

  • You need to decide what kind of “style” you like for your pictures and your wedding day and find photographers that match up with that style!
  • Do you “jibe” with their personalities?
  • What are your wedding day priorities or must haves?  This one can be tricky, but we’ll walk you through some mindset here to think about your budget!

What’s your style?

Everyone has their own style in life. Whether it’s in clothing, home decor, taste in music, cars, etc…everyone is unique and has their own personal style that they like and makes them happy! It’s the same with photography.

There are several different styles when it comes to photography. Some of the different styles and feels for images that you might see are light, bright and airy, dark and moody, and then contrast-y (just meaning that the contrasts are noticeable and played up more and you might see more shadows in certain areas). Each person has their own style and can find the best for them!

For example, our style is more of a light, bright and airy feel. Our brides love when we capture these light and bright images that can stand the test of time and can bring them back to the exact moment a picture was taken.  It doesn’t matter which style you like, just ask yourself this one question! Will these pictures still be able to evoke the same emotion and feel of the day 50 years down the road from now when you’re showing your grandkids? If your answer is yes, then you’re on the right track!

Do your personalities “jibe”?

This may sound like a really odd thing, BUT your photographers are going to be with you for the majority of the day on your wedding day. From getting ready, until it’s time to leave, Photographer’s are going to be there to document every part of your day. They come in contact with just about everyone and everything that has to do with your wedding day. That’s a lot of time together. You need to make sure you feel comfortable with your photographer. You need to make sure that you feel that your personalities don’t clash. You want to be able to trust them and have a good enough relationship with them to say “hey I want this…or I’m not really feeling that this is something I would like” and not worry about how it’s going to make the other person feel.

You need to feel like you can be friends with your photographer outside of your wedding day, not just on your wedding day. There are several ways to accomplish this…FaceTime calls, Skype calls, Zoom meetings or in-person meetings are all great ways to see if you can really feel this personal connection between your photographer and yourselves!

We have formed so many friendships with our brides and grooms (and their families too). I cannot tell you how many times we will leave a wedding, look at each other and be like “I’m really going to miss them! When can we hang out with them again!” We’ve had so many of our couples reach back out to us saying, “So, we can still be friends now that the wedding is over right?”

Just a few words from our AMAZING couples: 

“Matthew and Brittany worked tirelessly all day to capture memories we will be able to cherish for the rest of our lives. Andrew and I truly feel like we can call them friends and loved having them by our side the whole day. We cannot wait to share many more precious photos from our wedding day thanks to them!”  

Thank you SO much for such an amazing engagement session! It was so sweet and effortless and I know Colby and I are both beyond excited for the big day and getting to have you all there to capture it! It means so much to have photographers that are so realizable and caring and we are definitely blessed to have you all! Matthew and Brittany for the absolute win!

“Matthew and Brittany are the two people that made these BEAUTIFUL wedding pictures possible! Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for documenting this special day for us. We could not be more thankful. You all made it so easy to take all the pictures. Everyone loved you all! Guys, Matthew and Brittany are amazing.” 

What are your priorities?

This may sound like an insanely obvious requirement for finding any vendor for your wedding, but it’s something that you definitely have to consider. Many people think that it comes down to strictly a numbers thing when it comes to figuring out what photographer (or any vendor) you can afford for your wedding day. While you do need to think about what you can realistically afford, you also need to think about where you want to spend your money and how you want to prioritize certain things for your wedding. The best thing to do is to sit down with your fiancé (and anyone else you want to be involved in the planning/funding process) and figure out what are the most important things you need to focus on in your wedding.

Ask yourself questions like? What do I HAVE to have a certain way for this day to be the one I’ve always dreamed of? What are some things we could do ourselves as a family to help cut costs to be able to put money into a different “envelope” of money? Is there something you thought you needed but you don’t really need it…or maybe don’t need it as much as you thought. Once you have determined those things and the budget you have to work with, sometimes you might be able to afford more in one area than you thought. It really is a mindset shift in how you think about certain things for your wedding day. It boils down to taking the time to sit down and prioritize what is THE most important thing you want on your wedding day and then going from there to help you properly allocate funds for your wedding day budget!

How to book your wedding photographer

We’ve learned so much over our years as photographers, and we just want everyone to have the best experience of their life when it comes to choosing the right photographer for your wedding day. Making sure that you like the photographer’s style, that you jibe with them in “real life” and making sure you prioritize where you want to spend your money and can afford your photographer are three great ways to make sure you have the best time on your wedding day and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Once you’ve done your research and have nailed down what your photography style is, looked further into the photographers and their personalities and how they jibe with you and then decided what your priorities and must-haves are for your wedding day, its time to start reaching out to photographers.

This is when you will try to set up meetings with them to get even more information! The easiest thing to do is to go to their websites! Most photographers have sections on their websites that are for investments, brides, or weddings where you can find more information. You can also usually find a “contact us” section somewhere on their website or at the bottom of most of their pages! Fill out that contact form and you’re on your way! 

If you’re interested in working with us or learning more about a wedding day experience with Matthew and Brittany, fill out our contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! 

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