First things first, when it comes to weddings, you get what you pay for.  You must understand what you are placing the most value on in order to find a photographer that fits what you’re looking for.  Make a list of the most important things to you on your wedding day.  Is it your dress, catering, your cake, a DJ or band, a photographer, etc?  Then decide whether you are willing to spend a little more on the items that are most important to you.  Most likely, it’s a yes.   Next, do your research.  It is not unusual for some brides to look at and/or meet with 4-8 photographers before making their decision.  Also, what is your style?  Every photographer has a signature style.  Some are more modern, some classic, some funky, and the list goes on.  Figure out what style you like, then narrow down your search depending on the style of the photographer.

Meet with a selection of photographers to get to know their personality, how they work, their philosophies, and so on. In most situations, your photographer is with you almost the entire day.  If you like their style but your personalities clash, you’re not going to enjoy your day to the full potential, and your wedding photos will be compromised.

Here are a few important questions to ask yourself and your photographer in order to find a stellar photographer and get photos you LOVE for years to come.

  1. What products does the photographer offer, and do they offer products that you like? I.e. photo albums, canvas wraps, prints, CDs…
  2. Does the photographer fit your budget and understand your values in your wedding?
  3. Does the photographer have high quality back up equipment?
  4. Does the photographer have an assistant or does he/she work alone?
  5. If the photographer offers a CD of images, can you print them or use them online?
  6. How long will it take for you to view the images after the wedding?
  7. If travel is involved, what is the photographer’s travel policies and fees?
  8. Does the photographer have liability insurance?
  9. Does the photographer have an outline of the flow of the wedding day or does the bride and groom and/or wedding coordinator provide a schedule?
  10. Does the photographer allow other people to take pictures while he/she is working?

Again, understand what you want, then find a photographer that matches your desires.  A final piece of advice….begin your search early!  Professional photographers book roughly a year in advance, so if you know what you want get started right away.

Happy planning!

– Kelli Hunt | 605-275-4400 | Kelli Hunt Photography

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