Choosing a Photographer for Your Wedding

You spend a lot of time and money on your wedding and you’ll want to remember it forever! Choosing a photographer is not a simple decision to make. Consider the following tips when booking your photographer for your wedding in Worcester MA.

Don’t rely on friends or family!
First and foremost, do not ask a guest to be your photographer. Capturing your wedding is a big responsibility, and assigning this duty to a cousin or best friend won’t allow them to properly enjoy the occasion. Just because your friend owns a camera does not make him or her a professional photographer. It’s great if your guests want to share their photos with you afterwards, but don’t depend on them to be your photographer.

Determine your budget.
Wedding photography prices vary from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, depending on the quality of work and what the package includes. Some photographers simply show up and take photos at the wedding, while others will include engagement sessions, a 20-page album, etc. Determine what you can afford and what you expect to have at the end of the day. Remember: A low price may also mean low quality work.

If you can’t afford an experienced photographer, ask around for an inexpensive amateur photographer who is looking for some professional experience. It’s a bit risky, but it’s better than not having a photographer at all.

What’s your style?
Do you prefer traditional photos or more playful and light-hearted photos? Do you want to go vintage or artsy? Determine what style you want before searching for a photographer. You can also browse wedding photos online if you’re not sure what you want.

Start your search immediately.
Hiring a photographer is not a last-minute detail. In fact, you should start your search immediately after deciding on a wedding date. The best photographers book their schedules a year in advance, especially on Saturdays in the spring during peak wedding season. You can never book too early, but you can certainly be too late.

Ask around.
Ask around for great wedding photographers—family, friends, bridal shops, your venue’s coordinator, your wedding planner, etc. Browse wedding websites for photographers who work in your area.

Once you have created a list of potential photographers, peruse their websites and eliminate options that do not suit your budget or style. Keep in mind what their specialties are. If your wedding is in a hotel, eliminate photographers who are accustomed to shooting outdoors.

After you’ve narrowed your list to a few choices, schedule interviews with each photographer to further discuss what they offer. During the interview, ask to see samples of past work, including an entire wedding from start to finish. Pay attention to the style and quality of the photos. Ask each photographer how many weddings they have done. Don’t be afraid to ask too many questions. Do they use digital or film? What equipment do they bring? Do they have an assistant? What is included in the package?

Feel confident in your decision.
If you like the photographer’s work but do not click with their personality, it’s okay to cross them off your list. They will essentially be a guest at your wedding, so choose someone you won’t mind being around all day—when you’re happy, overtired, getting ready to walk down the aisle. The best photographer will capture your wedding precisely as you planned without distracting you from your big day.

Find more wedding tips in our blog by the Beechwood Hotel, a premier wedding venue in Worcester.