Happy Wednesday loves, and welcome back to the blog! I am so excited to be sharing a deep dive into more wedding content! Today I am chatting about wedding photos! Capturing the perfect day with the perfect photographer seems like an easy task, but if you have no help, where do you start?! Many couples use their engagement photos on their wedding invites, save the dates, or even use their wedding photos on the thank you cards! So ultimately, you want to make sure you have the right photographer that fits your vibe and aesthetic that you are going for with the wedding and choosing an invitation to compliment the theme. Which is where I come in to help!
People are weird, when we find someone with weirdness compatible to ours, we team up and call it love.DR. Seuss
Photographers: Where do you start looking!?
According to a recent poll done by Wedding Wire, it was discovered that couples spend $1,500-$3,000 on wedding photography alone. Meaning that on average, the photographer is about 12% of your budget. Now, you can combat this pricing by hiring friends or new to the industry photographers. However, if you end up not liking their style, they are too expensive, or you just want to shop around some more, where do you start looking?
Trust me, Facebook groups are the new phonebooks for vendors of all sizes. Just search “Your City” Wedding vendors in Facebook and I guarantee you will find a variety of photographers at a variety of prices. Plus, many photographers will have
Instagram isn’t just a great way to save ideas and mindlessly scroll, you can find vendors on here as well! Use hashtags such as #(YourCity)Photography, #(YourCity)WeddingPhorotgraphy, or #(YourCity)Weddings. You will be shocked to see how many photographers pop up! Instagram is also a great way to see what style of each photographer. Do they shoot traditional, artistic, photojournalism, natural light, or illustrative? Do they use a preset that you like? Are the couples having fun in the photos and look natural? You’ll be able to see all of this on their instagram in a great lagged layout, making your choice easy!
Sometimes, the old way is the best way. While the top two choices have the potential to produce indy and start up photographers, there’s nothing like a good ole search on Wedding Wire of The Knot to find just what you need! These are great sites to see pricing, reviews, services, and portfolios of many local photographers in the area. Truly, it is a one stop shop to find the OG wedding photographers in your area!
What does a wedding photographer offer?
This varies from photographer to photographer. Often times though, they have various bundles that offer the whole shebang (meaning engagement, bridals, day of photos and second shooter, full website of photos, and a keepsake drive just to name a few all inclusive products). Or you can pick and choose what you want in a meeting with your photographer! Here’s what we went into our meeting with our photographer, Brittany Barclay Photography , with to ensure we created the best package for our needs!
- Our Wedding date and venue
- We have engagement shoot done, so no need for that
- I want to do a bridal session months before the wedding
- We want to buy a bridal canvas to display at the wedding.
- We have a LARGE family, so you will probably need reinforcements. day of…
- Looking to have a full wedding gallery.
- We don’t need a wedding album.
So with this list, we went into our meeting with the photographer and within the hour we had the whole deal sign, sealed, and in our calendars! Thankfully, our photographer was recommended by my wedding planner, read the full post here, and so we knocked this off the list pretty early on! But what if you don’t have a wedding planner to suggest photographers and you’re doing the hunt on you own. What do you need to know?
A complete diagram of what questions to ask your photographer
Overall, your wedding photographer is there to capture amazing moments in a beautiful way! Finding the right one for you may take a while, or you may score big on the first try! Using a tried and true resources to find OG wedding photographers, or take a chance on an up and coming photographer you found on IG and Facebook! Whichever route you go, you’re bound to find the perfect match, at the perfect price, to photograph your big day!
What is a shot list?
A shot list is basically a list that the photographer and you create together detailing what kind of shots you’ll be needing day of the wedding. It can be short sweet and to the point if you have a smaller bridal party and family, or it can be like mine, where we somehow managed to photograph 150 family members is 45 minutes! Having a shot list will help photos run smoothly, and prevent any family members from demanding extra photos or “exclusive one-on-ones” as I say.
How do you make a shot list?
A shot list is something OG wedding photographers probably already have. They can help develop a custom one to your photo needs in your meetings together, or even at your first meeting if you book right off the bat! Things you can mention to them are special photos like you and your great grandma/grandparents, you and just dad/mom, a funny posed sibling photo, etc. Anything you for sure want a photo of, add it to the list.
When is the shot list finalized?
The shot list can be an ever changing thing, or after your meeting you seal it up and say you’re good. This is usually something that is decided upon by you and your photographer. We finalized ours when we finalized our day of timeline with the vendors and coordinator. Meaning that we had a day of timeline sheet starting at 8AM until we left at 10PM that night. This detailed everything and was finalized the week of the wedding. So, if you want a definitive answer, week of at the latest!
If all else fails, the most important thing to remember…
“At the end of the day, you are marrying your best friend, and the rest is just fluff.” This is the best advice I received about wedding planning. When you step back and think about it, it’s so true! While the rest of the “fluff” may be what we dreamed of, the real magic is the sparks between the bride and groom.
When it comes to wedding planning, it can be stressful! Send this post to a bride or groom so they can get the insider scoop on how to search for venues and wedding planners and how to break down the cost of their big day!