How Do I Pick The Right Wedding Photographer?

When you’re getting married, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is
selecting a photographer to take pictures of your special day. It’s important to do your research
and find someone who can capture your special memories and give you photos you can look at
for many years.

Michigan couple standing and laughing with their wedding party at the MSU Chapel in East Lansing.

With that in mind, here’s what to consider when choosing a wedding photographer:

What You’re Willing to Spend
Investing in a professional photographer is a wise decision for your wedding. Experienced
wedding photographers can provide a level of creativity and quality that will capture the beauty
of your event and last a lifetime. When making this investment, you get the photographer’s skill
and talent, equipment, preparation, editing, and travel time in addition to the hours spent
photographing your special day.

Clear Goals
Would you like the photos taken to be shared in a magazine or other online source? Is it
something you do not want to occur? Your photographer needs to know this before the shoot.
Additionally, it’s helpful to inform the photographer about what types of pictures are the most
important to you—not specific poses or images from Pinterest.

Decide what matters more to you: is it the details, candid shots, family photos, and portraits of
just the two of you? Tell your photographer if any family dynamics may be awkward or someone
you’d like them to prioritize in the photos. Is there a grandparent you have a close relationship
with? Or are any people coming from far away?

When finding the right photographer for your special day, ask around! See who your friends
used and who they would recommend. Utilize hashtags on Instagram to search around your
area and check out local photographer listings. Whittle down your list to three to six
photographers and look at their websites and Instagram to get a sense of their style and

Contact the photographers and inquire about their packages and ask to see a full gallery to get
an idea of their family, cocktail hour, and reception shots. Don’t be afraid to ask for an introductory call, either. Once you’ve decided on the one, read your contract carefully and ask about
details regarding rescheduling, travel costs, and print releases. You want to ensure you’re
protecting yourself and your money when making such an important decision.

Preferred Photography Style

Photography is a highly individualistic art form. Each photographer brings their own style to the
table, and it’s up to you and your partner to decide which approach resonates with you.
Do you prefer a more artful, fine art style? This typically utilizes muted colors, less contrast, and
more brightness. Film photography is often used to achieve this look, and while it may cost
more, the photos will certainly stand the test of time.

Or you might opt for a more adventurous, photojournalistic approach that captures the day as it unfolds. These photos often have more contrast, warmth, and saturation and can convey more raw emotion.

Ultimately, you should look for photos that evoke a strong reaction—gather your favorite shots
and see what they have in common. Is it the lighting and colors? The emotion and movement?
Which kind of pictures will best reflect your personality?

Selecting a wedding photographer is a very important decision to make. You should look for a
photographer with experience, a good portfolio, and the ability to capture the moments you

You should also read reviews, ask to view a full gallery or two (check for consistency in lighting and the ability to handle natural light and indoor reception lighting if your venue requires that, and “meet” with a few potential photographers to discuss your preferences and expectations. You’ll know which one you connect with the most after the first call. This is very important, as you will be spending the most time with this person for engagements and on your wedding day!

With thoughtful consideration, you can create beautiful memories of your special day by choosing the right wedding photographer for your needs.

Mother of the Bride leading a conga line during the cocktail hour.

Evoke Wedding Photos is Michigan’s best wedding and elopement photographer for modern,
intimate, and authentic couples. Your photos will tell a story of your love and all the fleeting
moments of your day you didn’t even know you needed.

If you want photos that evoke intimacy and authenticity, look no further. Book the best Michigan wedding photographer now.

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