How do you find the right photographer for your wedding? There are so many out there, different styles, what they offer and of course they vary in price range. Your best bet to not get lost in the whirl wind of photography is to decide what you want style wise, what amenities they offer and what price you are willing to spend.
I began my search at the Wedding Essentials Bridal Fair and went from there. I met a few photographers there and got answers to all the questions I had. I think that customer service is an important part of business – especially at a bridal fair and you want brides to meet with you outside of that setting.
First, I wanted to know what pricing was before I set up an appointment. I didn’t want to waste my time or theirs if they weren’t in my price range so I took to Google. You can find almost every photographer on the internet and if they don’t have a website, they certainly have a Facebook page.
If I liked a photographer’s work online, I emailed them. I probably emailed 30 photographers over the course of a month. From the responses I received, I put them into two categories, either in my price range or not and then those that were in my price range got a second email to see about the availability of our wedding date and to set up an appointment to meet.
I made these appointments in February and I had three that I liked who were already booked for a late October wedding date. Even though a few were booked, I was able to set up appointments with six other photographers. Yes, six. I know it seems like a lot, but it was well worth it since photography is one of the most important pieces of a wedding. While the wedding only lasts one day, the photos last years.
Best advice: contact vendors you like early to guarantee their availability.
After meeting with all six photographers, Mr. Thirteen and I had a decision to make. All photographers were equally qualified and talented, but it came down to who we connected most with and who offered all the items we wanted (an engagement session, rights to all photos taken, a website to share with family and friends, the option to have prints made and albums created, and of course to stay within our budget).
I ended up going with Steve Kowalski at A Better Exposure. Steve has been in business for over 15 years and I felt more than comfortable when talking to him; it was like talking to a friend. I appreciated that he has a studio (some photographers do not) and when I was looking at his albums, there was one in particular that stood out to me. The album captured the emotion of this couples wedding so well that I was almost in tears flipping through the pages. I knew right then that I wanted Steve to photograph my wedding. I can’t wait for the weather to get nice so we can go outdoors to get our engagement pictures taken. Steve had some great ideas for photos and hopefully I can preview them here when they are done!