How to find your wedding photographer amongst the sea of photographers | Madison wedding photographer | Madison engagement photographer
If you’re newly engaged or maybe you remember searching for photographers, overwhelming doesn’t even begin to cover it when searching for a wedding photographer. I’m going to cover some basic points that you should look for that will help you narrow down your photographers and help you find the right one for you!
Find your style
Light and airy or a dark & contrasty editing style? There are those who land in between but this will be the first thing that will help you narrow it down. If you aren’t sure, keep browsing Instagram or interest to see which one catches you eye. Think timeless as well, will you love this editing style in 20-30-40 years?
Reviews are extremely important because this is first hand feedback on how well this person operates their business and how they function during the day of a wedding. If you can, narrow your selection down based on reviews.
3. Pick 5
Start with 5 and go from there. Prioritize who you want first - don’t email them all at once. It can get too overwhelming and can send you running in the other direction not wanting to book your photographer at all right now!
4. How quickly do they respond?
If they don’t respond within 3-4 hours, move onto someone else. This is the quickest way to scratch people off that list and move on to the next person! Those who are serious about YOU will respond immediately. You should be prioritized, you are potentially giving them your money.
5. What questions to ask
What is their turn around time? Turnaround time is HUGE. Do you want to wait for 4-5 months for your wedding photos? Many people may not see their sneak peaks for 1 month after their wedding (please note, this is not our process!)
What is their shooting process like during the day? Do they make up a timeline for you (this is essential for a smooth seamless - stress free day!)
Read body language, are they asking about you? Reiterating your needs?
Ask about items that are important to you, maybe it’s an album or an engagement session, a canvas or a longer time of coverage. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Do they offer an online gallery? Where you can share with your family members.
Are they flexible with coverage?Or are you locked in? (Note, you want someone who is flexible because somethings things come up at the last minute that you might want photos of!)
Contact us today to book your 2019/2020 wedding
We would love to photograph your wedding! We have limited availability for 2019 and booking currently for 2020
Miriam Bulcher is a professional wedding photographer that photographs weddings with her husband, Paul. She based out of Madison, WI but serves all Milwaukee, Chicago, Galena, Dubuque and the Quad Cities + destination.