How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Find a photographer who will fulfill your vision

A good tip to keep in mind when you are selecting a photographer for your wedding is to make a list of what you want out of the photos. Do you want formal, traditional photos or more candid party shots? Are you marrying outside and want to the scenery to shine or inside a spectacular building and want the architecture to pop? Different photographers have different strengths. Some are able to make a mountain landscape come alive without loosing the couple in the shot, while others excel with formal portraits or up-close detail shots. Knowing what you want out of your photographer will help to eliminate those who don’t meet your needs quickly. Browse their online portfolios to get a quick idea if they are able to produce what you are looking for.

Next, before you reach out to the lucky few who made your short list, answer the questions below so you can further eliminate photographers based on budget and need.

How to choose a wedding photographer – answer these questions to help you get started


  • What is your budget for the entire day?
  • What percentage of your budget is dedicated to a photographer?
  • How long do you want the photographer to stay at the wedding, will you need to provide a meal?
  • Are you considering renting a photo booth, putting disposable cameras out for guests, hiring a videographer and is that within budget?
  • If so, does the photographer offer any of the above additional services and can they be bundled together to save on cost?
  • How adventurous are you? Do you want a photographer who will take you to a remote location and take photos of activities? Is there an additional cost and is it within budget? Think tandem bicycles, fishing, snowshoeing, rented golf carts, horse-drawn carriages…fun, but potentially expensive!
  • Are you going to do a first look? If no, do you want to have two photographers? That way both wedding parties can get ready at the same time.
  • Do you want a printed photo book? If so, does the photographer offer that service and it is within your budget?
  • Do you want a mix of black and white and color photos or just color?


Last piece of advice – do you all get along?

Meet with your photographer several months before you hire her or him to make sure you all get along. You will be spending a lot of time with this person and if you don’t like each other, or she/he simply gets on your nerves it will show in your photos. Your wedding day is one long glorious, exhausting celebration of you two and you don’t want to add avoidable stress. Beware of overlooking any potential personality clashes – personalities matter a lot on your special day!

Photo courtesy of Mallory Munson Photography. @mallorymunsonphotography

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