Book a Wedding Photographer You Love!

Bride spinning dress while holding groom's hand on a rooftop in Cleveland Ohio

Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. It’s a day that you will cherish and remember for years to come. Finding a great wedding photographer is crucial to capturing all the special moments and memories of your big day and creating images that will remind you of all the wonderful reasons that you married that special someone in your life! Here is a step-by-step guide to book a wedding photographer that you will love!

Step 1: Collecting Your Options

Research & Create a Short List: Start by looking for photographers in your area. Ask for recommendations from friends and family, look at online reviews and portfolios, and search for wedding photography blogs and websites. Make a list of photographers whose work you like and who have positive reviews. A great place to look for reviews are places like Google, Facebook, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Zola, etc. It is also important to protect yourself from scams or unreliable vendors. Check that any company you hire, including photography, is registered with the state as a legal company. Most states have a government website where you can check to see if someone is an LLC or other official business registration. You can search Ohio here.

The left image is a bride smiling at the wedding photographer. The right image is a close up photo of an engagement right sitting on a window sill with leaves.

Step 2: Ask the Right Questions

Meet with the photographer: It’s important to meet either in person or over video chat before you book your wedding photographer. This will give you a chance to ask them questions and get a sense of their personality and communication style. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with them and that you can communicate effectively. This person and their team will spend more time with you on your wedding day than your spouse so make sure that it is someone that will add excitement, energy, and fun to the experience.

Left Image: Bride and groom smiling and touching their foreheads together. 
Right Image: Bride and groom holding hands looking at each other and walking toward the wedding photographer

Ask about their experience: Find out how many weddings the photographer has shot, and ask to see a full gallery from a recent wedding. This will give you a better sense of their skills and consistency. Make sure that the photographer has experience shooting weddings and is comfortable working in different lighting and weather conditions.

Discuss your expectations: Be clear about what you want from the wedding photographer you book. Discuss the timeline for the day, the specific shots you want, and any special requests you have. Make sure that the photographer understands your vision and can deliver what you want.

Left Image: Bride twirling in a wedding dress in front of a stained glass church window, smiling at wedding photographer
Right Image: Close up photo of a wedding bouquet

Ask about their equipment: Make sure that the photographer has professional-grade equipment and backups in case of equipment failure. A good photographer should have at least two cameras and multiple lenses, extra batteries, memory cards, and lighting equipment.

Check their availability: Make sure that the photographer is available on your wedding date. You don’t want to book a photographer only to find out later that they can’t make it to your wedding.

Left: Purple flowers and an engagement right sitting on a black ring box.
Right: Man holding a woman on a beach

Step 3: Book Your Wedding Photographer

Discuss pricing: Wedding photography can be expensive, so it’s important to discuss pricing upfront. Ask about collection details, how many hours of coverage you’ll get, and how many edited photos you can expect. Make sure that you understand the payment schedule and any additional fees. Find out what is included and what isn’t so you can plan ahead for those expenses as well. Discuss options like engagement session, prints, albums, etc so make sure you know exactly what is included before booking.

Get everything in writing: Once you’ve hired a photographer, make sure that you have a contract in writing that outlines all the details of the agreement. This should include the date, time, and location of the wedding, the photographer’s responsibilities, the price, and any other terms and conditions.

Left: Couple walking down a street looking at each other.
Right: Groom standing behind a bride wedding photograph and kissing her on the forehead while she leans on a black metal arch in a garden

Hiring a great wedding photographer is essential to capturing all the special moments and memories of your big day. Take your time to research, meet with photographers, and ask the right questions. By following these tips, you’ll be able to hire a photographer who can deliver beautiful, timeless photos that you’ll treasure for years to come.

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