So, you're newly engaged. They popped the question and you couldn't be more thrilled. You've shared the great news with your family and friends. Now folks are starting to ask, so when's the wedding? Where will it be? Destination wedding? Etc. It can be overwhelming to say the least. A lot goes into your special day - catering, cake, the bridal party, and the dress. Cannot forget the dress. Weddings are a real investment, but your marriage will last a lifetime. Your wedding day is going to fly by quickly and you want to remember it exactly the way it is. Wedding day photography is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. Your wedding photographer can make or break your big day. Here are some tips on picking a wedding photographer
1. Define your budget - The average U.S. wedding costs $35,000. Your wedding might not be $35,000 exactly but it is important to allocate part of your budget to find a good wedding photographer. Most wedding photographers are working the entire day, with one or two assistants. They are using expensive equipment and completely dedicating themselves to you and your family for the entire event --with that said, you get what you pay for. Most wedding photography packages start at $1500, depending on your location.
2. Try an engagement session with a photographer you're interested in - The great thing is that most photographers would be happy to arrange an engagement session with you. It helps you see if your personalities mesh and how you like their photo style. Another plus is that even if you decide not to choose this photographer for your wedding, you've got some great photos for your save the date or bridal party invites.
3. Think local - local photographers have familiarity with the area. They know about that secret spot with the weeping willow tree that looks amazing in August. They know what areas to avoid. They have connections with local businesses. Consider choosing a photographer that is familiar with the town or state where your ceremony and reception are taking place.
4. Look at all of the photos in their portfolio - weddings are beautiful displays of love and communion. Take a look at their wedding photos but also consider some of their other work. If you like their style - reach out and ask for more samples. Some couples do not agree to have work posted publicly, but if you ask the photographer directly, they may be able to provide some more samples of work.
Those are some of my tips for what to expect when choosing a wedding photographer. My name is Sonique and I am a wedding, event and portrait photographer from New Haven, CT. I'm a New Haven County native and UCONN graduate. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about picking the right wedding photographer.