What To Look For In A Wedding Photographer

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The time has come, to find your find your photographer. Now you’re sitting there wondering what to look for in a wedding photographer. Selecting your ideal wedding photographer can be a tough decision. Making sure that you select the right wedding photographer for you guarantees that your final images are exactly what you envisioned.

Each photographer you work with will provide you with a unique experience. Some photographers, for example, prefer to use prompted questions to capture candid style photos. Whereas others prefer to act more as an art director and pose the people they’re photographing.

I believe that you will know the correct photographer as soon as you have that initial meeting with them. You will end that call knowing that you get along great; they truly understand your wedding day vision and the relationship you have with our fiancee.

I’ve included 5 tips on what to look for in a photographer below to help you decide what’s best for you!

Personality 

Your photographer’s personality is extremely important. When you meet with a photographer for the first time, pay close attention to their personality. How you connect with them and their energy. This is extremely important in creative fields. It will help you feel more at ease and relaxed during the photography session.

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Knowledge of Photography 

Selecting a photographer who is an expert in their field will help you get better photos. How long have they been photographing weddings and how often? Inquire about continuing education courses, current trends, and how they stay inspired in their field. There are many people who claim to be professional photographers. However, they lack the experience and knowledge of photography to ensure you get the results you want.

Portfolio Work 

Before scheduling consultations, look through the portfolios of photographers online. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of their overall style and typical end product. Pay close attention to whether the photos appear posed or candid, as well as the consistency displayed throughout the portfolio. 

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Style of Editing 

Do you know what kind of images you’d like to tell your wedding day? Are you looking for a photographer who edits in a lighter, brighter? More airy style or one who edits true to color with darker moodier feel? Every photographer edits all of their images in the same way. So, look through multiple albums of their work to ensure you like their overall editing style. This is one of the most important factors in how your final photos will turn out. Make sure you like what you see in their portfolio!

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Reputation and Reviews

When choosing a photograph, it’s not just about liking the photographer’s work and getting along with them. Read online reviews and ask people if they have any information about working with that person. A photographer can create beautiful galleries while still neglecting their clients needs or vision. So, make certain that their reputation is of the highest quality. 

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When choosing a photographer, remember to take your time and thoroughly research all of your options. This will have a significant impact on your overall experience and final images. By following these tips above, you will be well on your way to connecting with the photographer of your dreams! 

couple together walking and laughing  down the aisle of their wedding at sunstone winery

If you are looking for a photographer in Southern California, Camila Margotta is a San Diego based wedding photographer who also specializes in engagements and couples! 

Please use this contact form to get in touch with me about your photography needs.

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