What You Need to Know About Picking Your Photographer (By an Engaged Photographer)

If you've stumbled upon this site, you've probably noticed by now that I'm a photographer and filmmaker.

In addition to this delightful fact, I'm also currently engaged to my tech department.


Justin Witters and I got engaged on New Years Eve 2019 in Hyde Park during a government shut down, so it was an empty park with just us and a couple of runners we spotted along the way.

He proposed right in front of the library.


Because I'm a nerd.


One of the most challenging things about this whole wedding planning business has been selecting a photographer.


You know. Because I'm a photographer.


I'm not a picky gal, but this was something that I wanted to get right for obvious reasons.


Here's some helpful tips I learned on my way to picking our photographer.


1. Figure out your budget.

Ew. Budgeting. Super gross, am I right?

While some parts of the wedding you can kind of fudge the numbers on, you MUST have some sort of range when picking your photographer. There's SO many out there and there's no point cooing over the best photographer in the world if you aren't willing to shell out $15,000 just for some pics.


2. Scour the internet. Do your research.

As you know, there's a big wide world of internet out there and there are thousands and thousands of photographers out there competing to get your contract.


Don't just pick the top photographer that pops up in your search.


Just because that photographer has killer SEO skills does not mean they are necessarily the right match for you.


Dare to go to the 6th or 7th page of the Knot and see what you can find. The Knot charges photographers for a spot on their site (starting at around $200/month...yikes!) and the more you pay, the higher up on the search list you are. And yeah, the photographers who can afford that marketing budget are probably really talented, but that marketing budget is going to factor into how much they cost.


I personally am listed for free on the Knot, which makes my platform on there extremely bare. That doesn't mean I'm less of a photographer, it just means you have to check out my personal site to see my work.


That's where the research comes in.


3. Don't pick them exclusively because of their pics.

There could be the most talented photographer in the entire world and you could love their style and they could be in their price range....


And they could be the snottiest person in the entire universe.


For me, a huge factor in selecting a photographer for my wedding was I wanted a genuine, kind, and quirky person. Your photographer is a HUGE part of your day because they're right alongside you for every second of it.


You don't want to hang out with a crappy loser all day, no matter how good their pictures are.


Get to know your photographer before you commit; I recommend reaching out and getting an engagement session to see if you guys click before handing over the big deposit check for the wedding booking.


Happy hunting!



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