July 18, 2022

Hiring Your Photographer: Why You Need to Look at Their Full Galleries

Hiring your photographer to capture one of the biggest days of your life is a daunting task! There are millions of photographers – how are you supposed to narrow it down to just ONE?! There are so many things to consider and questions that need asking. Trust me, I get it, I was just in your shoes, as I got married in June 2022.

Luckily, there are some big things that will help you narrow down your options and that’s what I’m here to share today. Keep on scrolling for all of the tips and feel your stress melt away… hopefully at least a little bit!

01. Determine what style you want

First of all, do you want “light and airy” or “dark and moody” or like my style, more true to color? I personally love showing colors as they are. If you have a beautiful sunny day in the spring with colorful flowers, I want you to look back and know the EXACT color that your florals were, the colors of the outdoors, bridesmaid dresses, and the guest’s outfits.

This is a big thing to take into consideration. How do you envision your day and what do you want those memories to look and feel like?

When looking for wedding photographers, ask to see a FULL gallery

Keep in mind that what photographers are showing on their Instagram and website is some of their best work. Typically, you’re not seeing pictures of guests and family pictures. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that a photographer’s gallery includes all of these moments:

– Getting Ready and Details (if you want this time photographed)
-Couples portraits
-Individual pictures of the couple
-The Formalities (first looks, walking down the aisle, family photos, bridal party photos, reception entrances, special dances, cake cutting, speeches)
-The Candids (friends and family laughing, meeting, enjoying time together) Sometimes these are the perfectly imperfect moments. The moments that you look back on and have a memory about or evoke a FEELING
-The Details (reception tables, florals, signage, all the decor)
-Your guests

– Not everyone will be on the dance floor all night. Are there pictures of couples? People hanging out NOT on the dance floor?
-Night shots (if there is time/the couple wants them)

Why wouldn’t my wedding photographer capture all these moments?

Every photographer works differently and delivers a number of images for a wedding. When hiring your photographer, take the time to look at FULL galleries and see what speaks to you, because I promise, that not all galleries are the same. Some photographers may not know due to lack of experience or, simply, just because it’s not their style and a part of what they offer.

Questions to ask yourself while looking at full galleries:

1. Is the photographer taking multiple angles of what is happening (during the ceremony, speeches, dances)?
2. How is the gallery organized? Are there tabs? Is it easy to find the pictures you’d want to post or do you have to scroll through 800 pictures to find the reception photos?
3. Are there a mix of vertical and horizontal pictures?
4. Are there pictures of guests? Casual group photos, guest’s reactions, the “in-between moments”, candids
5. With pictures of the couple, is there a good variety?
6. Can you see people’s personalities in the pictures?
7. Are there pictures of parents with their friends/family?

8. Are there black and white photos included?

If your gallery is 99% pictures of you and your partner, the photographer is not capturing the event to its fullest.

I hope this helped you with your journey in finding and hiring your photographer! If it did, click here to read this blog on “Tips for Booking Your Dream Venue.” And if you’re looking for someone to capture your wedding day click here to contact me!

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