How to Choose a Photographer Without Going Crazy

Choosing a wedding photographer is sort of like choosing your spouse—after all, you only get one chance to capture your wedding photographs and (like your marriage) you want them to last forever, so it’s and important decision and not one you should take lightly. At JayLynn Studios we know wedding planning can be stressful, so here are some tips to make choosing a wedding photographer easy.

Weigh Experience and Availability

If you are talking to a photographer and they tell you that they shoot 100+ weddings every year, there are two things this could mean:

  1. The photographer is insanely busy, and s/he is either shooting weddings four or more days a week, or s/he is shooting weddings back-to-back on busy weekend dates, which means you will get someone who is unavailable on your preferred date, or who is rushed.
  2. Alternately, the photographer might be hiring someone else to take the pictures, in which case you should get some additional information. Is the person they hire a random freelance photographer? Is it another person they work with closely? Make sure you examine that person’s portfolio before you hire if they plan to send a photographer besides themselves.

While you do want someone with experience, you don’t want someone who is so busy that they have lost their passion for wedding photography, or who won’t be able to devote plenty of time to your wedding on your preferred date.

05.07_JayLynnWeddingKnow Where to Splurge and Where to Save

Yes price is an important thing to consider, especially since weddings generally come with a fairly large price tag overall. However, price is not the only thing you should be looking at—in many cases, you get what you pay for with photographers. That doesn’t mean you should always hire the person charging the highest price, but bad photography can ruin the precious memories that you are supposed to be able to keep forever in your wedding photos. On the flip side, a great photographer can make even a shoestring budget wedding look classy and breathtaking, so splurge on your Salt Lake wedding photographer and save elsewhere.

Investigate the Photographer in Advance

Before you hire the photographer, do a little bit of background investigation. You can start by asking friends and family for some recommendations, check online reviews, and check with places like the Better Business Bureau. A serious photographer should run a serious business—which means they have a website that displays their portfolio, pay taxes, have insurance, and purchase the highest quality equipment to capture your wedding photos. If your photographer is someone who purchased a $500 camera on a whim and suddenly decided they should take pictures professionally, you don’t want them shooting your wedding.

Don’t Give in to Family or Friends

There are a lot of people out there who take pictures, and some of them might even be your friends and family members. If you know someone who is an amazing wedding photographer, by all means, hire them. However if you have and uncle who likes to take nature photos for a hobby, or a friend who recently opened a photo business and they’re offering to do your wedding for really cheap (or even free), you may need to find a way to diplomatically tell them “thanks, but no thanks.” After all, you only get one chance to capture the perfect shots so you need someone with experience photographing weddings, who can focus solely on taking amazing pictures during the wedding.

If you really want to help your friend or family member build his or her photography business, hire them as a second photographer after you hire a professional wedding photographer from JayLynn Studios to be your primary photographer.

Wedding pictures should be one of your most cherished possessions, so don’t risk getting bad shots from a bad photographer. Contact JayLynn Studios today to ensure you get quality and experience from your Salt Lake wedding photographer.