Finding a wedding photographer is like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are hundreds of talented and experienced individuals who would jump at the chance to work with you, but I think it is important that you find someone who you can relate to.
If you’re shy, or even if you’re just a very busy human (I hear you!), you may not be all over the idea of meeting up for a consultation, but hear me out; it is so incredibly important that you choose someone who you truly feel you can trust.
Think of it this way: your photographer is the one vendor who will be with you the longest on your wedding day. They will be there to document some of the most intimate and special moments of your life. They are going to spend hours in the presence of the closest people to you and your partner. This should be a person who you are comfortable around; someone who is well spoken, conscientious, and quick on their feet. Now, don’t take this as a sales pitch, because while I do believe I can bring all of this to the table, I may or may not be right for you. (Though I hope I am, because I love love and meeting new people!)
I am going to give you a quick rundown on how my consultations go, so that you know what to expect.
Once you have reached out and expressed interest in my work, I will make sure you have had a chance to review the wedding images on my website, and the collections I offer for wedding photography. At this point, I will suggest the consultation.
Leading up to your consultation, I will gather basic information from you, including the name of your fiancé, date and location of your wedding, whether or not you will be needing an engagement session, etc. I prepare an initial consultation sheet using this information, which will become a reference for me to use should you decide to book me.
At your consultation, we will take some time to get to know each other. Some couples choose to bring along key people in their wedding planning, such as a close friend, parent, or their wedding coordinator. The first thing I ask the two of you is for you to share with me how you met, and to tell your proposal story. This is usually where everyone warms up a bit, and conversation flows more easily! The reason I ask this is because it illustrates who you are as a couple, which is the foundation of your relationship. I’ll reflect back on these stories as we plan your engagement session, work out the photography timeline for your wedding day, and while I work on your gallery, because your images should reflect who you genuinely are together, and what qualities you bring out in one another.
You will most likely have questions for me, as well. I’m an open book, so I am happy to answer anything that comes up. I’ll want to find out what your expectations are, too! I will ask you what specifically you are looking for, and what your ideal wedding photographer would provide. From this point forward, things usually evolve organically, and by the time we are finished, you will know if it feels right. If not, that’s okay too! There are plenty of other artists I can point you to if you don’t feel that I match your specific needs.
If you still have questions, please feel welcome to get in contact with me; I would be happy to answer them!
Excellent advice for such an important choice. I don’t think people realize how close you become to your photographer. It shouldn’t be left to the last day. Great words of wisdom.
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