1. Do you like them?
Yes, I'm putting this before any other factor.
Your wedding photographer is the vendor that you're going to be spending the most time with during your wedding day. They're going to be with you for the most intimate moments of the day.
Liking your photographer is super important, which is why I try to schedule a phone call or in-person meeting with all of my clients before they book.
You're going to be spending hours with this person, so you want to be sure your personalities mesh well. See if you have a similar sense of humor, if you both like tacos, if you both got too obsessed with Stranger Things (I know it wasn't just me!).
Whatever it is, the best photographer/client relationships are the ones where everyone is comfortable around each other!
Do you trust them to capture the full day?
A lot of people will have a friend photograph their wedding because they already know and like them, but the third factor (of the know, like, and trust sales pipeline), is super important.
Can you trust this person to capture all parts of your day?
Wedding photography is couples photography, family photography, event photography, product photography, and documentary photography all in one. You want to know that your photographer feels comfortable capturing every part of the day from the beautifully lit portraits to the tricky low light first dance.
Can you trust this person to deal with whatever happens the day of?
Wedding photography is not easy, which is why I spent a few years just shooting portraits and learning all the fundamentals before I jumped in.
Now I know exactly what lens to use to get the effect I want, where I need to place everyone to get the best lighting, when to supplement the natural light with flash, and how to modify that flash so that it still looks as natural as possible.
Not only does your photographer need to be technically competent, they need to be able to go with the flow of whatever happens on a wedding day— like the ceremony getting moved indoors at the last minute or portraits running late because hair and makeup took longer than expected.
3. Do you like the way they pose people?
This is a big thing that can be easy to overlook. You may not be able to put your finger on why you like one photographer more than the other, but likely it's due to their posing style.
I always try to make my photos look as much like natural moments as possible, so I don't do a ton of traditional poses.
I get the standard shots of everyone looking to camera but then I try to move into more fun prompts that give some variety.
When I work with couples, I incorporate a lot of movement. Most of my poses involve walking and looking at each other in some variation- pretend you're drunk, bump hips, when you hit a certain point pull each other in for a kiss, etc.
My goal with pretty much every prompt is to elicit some kind of natural emotion. I'd much rather make you actually laugh then just tell you to fake laugh at me.
Do you like their editing style?
This is another big one. You want to make sure that you like the way your photographer makes things look.
Some photographers stay true to life with colors while others like to mix things up and create a whole new look.
I call my style colorful and bright (the top left is my normal edit). I try to keep my colors true to life and I'm very intentional about how I shoot. I use backlighting and soft lighting as much as possible.
I hope this helps you out in choosing your wedding photographer. I know that you have so many choices to make when planning your wedding and it can be stressful. Hopefully, you feel super confident and excited with whatever photographer you decide to work with.
If you'd like to see more of my wedding photography, you can check out my wedding photography galleries.