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4 Tips For Hiring Your Photographer

  • 2 min read

Ready, set, let's hire your wedding photographer! Looking for some tips on what to do and look for when hiring your wedding photographer? Don't worry girl! We've got you covered! On today's blog, we're here to share four tips with you on just this! Let's dive in! 

1. Preview a full wedding gallery 

One of the first things you want to ask your potential photographer is to see a full gallery of a previous wedding they've done. By doing this, you can get an idea of how they shoot in all kinds of lighting and settings and get a sense of their overall style.

Photographers will showcase their best photos on their website and social channels so in order to get a full sense of the quality of their photography, you'll want to see all of their photos, not just the best. Once you look at their full gallery you can decide if this person is the right photographer for your unique wedding! 

fiancé lifting his bride to be wearing her little white dress taking engagement photographs

2. Do they have a second shooter?

Next questions when interviewing photographers: Do they have a second shooter? Having a second shooter is important for a couple of reasons.

First, a second shooter allows you to get photos of you and your groom in the getting ready process.

Secondly, by having an additional photographers, it almost guarantees that lots of little details and special moments won't be missed!

One photographer can obviously only be in one place at once but if you have two, then you just doubled the memories captured! We think this is especially important during the ceremony and reception when there's lots going on.

  • You walking down the aisle and your groom's face when he sees you for the first time.
  • The look on your groom's face when his best man cracks a joke plus the reactions of your guests.
  • The warm embrace of your dad after your father-daughter dance plus the reaction from your mom.
These are just a few of the moments you can capture when you have two photographers.

3. Book an engagement session 

Be sure to book an engagement session with your photographer so you can get experience with them before your wedding day and make sure you absolutely love working with them. Plus, it will give you and your fiancé a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera together. 

bride to be wearing engagement photo dress holding her fiancés hand running and taking engagement photographs outside

4. Hire your photographer for the entirety of your wedding day

While we know it can get pricey, we strongly suggest booking your photographer for the full day of your wedding.

Photographers typically offer packages with set hours i.e. 8 hours, so be sure to nail down your day-of timeline so you know how many hours you need to hire your photographer for.

You'll want them to come as your finishing up your hair and makeup to get getting ready photos and stay through your reception so that they can capture the grand exit! 

Hiring your photographer and all your other wedding vendors can be a challenge! If you need help navigating the process, knowing exactly what to look for, what to ask, and how to hire, be sure to check out The Wedding Planning Formula Membership where we walk you step-by-step through the wedding planning process.