Do you truly know how to choose ​your perfect wedding photographer?

Do you truly know how to choose ​your perfect wedding photographer?

After a long chat with my friend today I asked established high-end wedding photographer – Jan Freire if he could help me to uderstand what it takes to choose your perfect wedding photographer.

I know, there is tons of articles about this topic, but as we claim, here you won’t find any information collected from internet and re-written by intern or journalist. Our articles are tips, tricks and advices from real professionals from their real life experiences. So check his suggestions:

“Well, this is actually great question, but not so easy to answer. Let’s start from the most important points.”

1. Work

You have to like their work! This should be your number one priority!
Go and check their website, Instagram and other social media. My brides find me very often on Instagram. That’s my type of bride. They love my work and they want me to capture their wedding.

If you want to check their work, don’t just look their Instagram account. There could be difference between best shots and pictures posted on Instagram. Not all photographs perform well on this platform. For eaxmple horizontal oriented pics. They usually are my favorites, but I don’t post them to IG. You always should visit their website, even if you like Instgram work without any dounbts.

2. Style

There are some known styles, like classic, modern, editorial, journalistic, etc. I personally believe that great wedding photographer have be above these styles and must be able to merge more styles.

Speaking about my own case. I was not able to find great photographer who would be able to shoot amazing portraits as weel as to capture the story of the day. So I end up with 3 different photographer. You can find my story on my website.

3. Price

Unless you really have to, never let price be the most important factor. I usually do 3-5 special sessions each year for brides, that wanted to book me, but then decided to go with cheaper photographer and ended up with not a single picture thay would like. So they call me and ask to book a after-wedding session to have at least some potreaits.

If you need to hire a cheap photographer, prepare to expect unexpetable. It’s different to do a job for $600 or $6,000. If you don’t feel well that day you will say like $600 is not worth it to do the job and you cancel. But cancel high-end job is not so easy.

4. Gut feeling

If you considered all 4 factors and you still ended up with 2-3 photographer and it’s rad to decide, liste to your gut feeling

You always should trust your gut. You might love their work, but if your gut feels that there is something wrong, listen! There might be many reasons, you never know. I always trust my intuition!

Check all their communication channels. Try to see and feel the overall impression. And communication is the key. Are they speaking about themselves only? Are they pushi? This must be about you, not about them. Check if they were interested about you.

5. Consistency

You also should check for the consistency of their work and communications. Are they always nice and on time?

Do you like all their pictures? If you see big difference between their work, it’s a warning signal. If you see fabulous pictures but also mediocre ones, it looks like the great ones are more about the luck. If you shoot hundreds of weddings, you always will be lucky to get few amazing pictures even if you have no clue how did you do it.

Always aks to see blog posts where you can see 30-100 pictures from the wedding. Do not be satisfied just with the galleries of the best stuff.

6. Reviews

Always check their reviews. Everywhere!

Anyone can write their own revies on The Knot or WeddingWire. Aim for revieews on Google or Facebook page, there you can see that those reviews are from real people.

I even like to add a link to the blog post about their wedding, that you can see it is a real deal.

7. Published

Is your photographer published? I mean published in real magazines, like Vogue, Wedding Style or Brides, not just some wedding blogs.

I understand that not everyone desire to be published; it’s also my case. But if you are really good, your work gets published anyway. This is probably the less important, but it also is a factor to consider.

Well, I hope that I was able to clear some not very known facts for you and now you know how to choose ​your perfect wedding photographer.

Jan Freire with Freire Wedding Photo is high-end wedding photographer published in Vogue, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Modern Luxury Bride and many more magazines. He is based in Miami and Manhattan, but he loves to travel to beautiful destinations for gorgeous weddings. Check his website and Instagram.

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