Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so it is very important that you find the perfect photographer to document it for you.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a wedding photographer for your special day but beware, not all photographers are created equal! Here are a few red flags to look out for when choosing a photographer to help you make the best decision and avoid disappointment.
Every bride has their own budget, and its important to stay within your means, however you should not choose a photographer solely based on their price. Not all photographers or packages are created equal, and you often get what you pay for in the wedding photography world.
The average full day wedding photography package costs around $2500-$3500, yet some photographers offer this service for less than $1000! To achieve this price, they may take less care editing (or do no editing at all), use lower quality equipment, have less experience as a photographer or deliver fewer photographs to you.
2) Number of weddings
If the wedding photographer you are researching shoots 100+ weddings a year, it may be because they are fantastically talented and passionate about their job, but it also might be a sign that they subcontract their work to other photographers, and do not take a lot of care during the editing process.
To carefully edit 1000+ photos from a wedding, it can take upwards of 80 hours. If your photographer is shooting 2 weddings a week, either they are not editing your photos to the best of their ability, they are subcontracting other photographers to shoot your wedding, or they are hiring someone else to edit their photos.
In my experiences, family members do not make good photographers for your wedding for a number of reasons. Firstly, hiring a family member to shoot your wedding may result in animosity after the wedding if you are unhappy with the images they provide to you. Photographing a wedding for 12+ hours is hard work, and it is likely that your family member is either not being paid, or giving you a very big discount, which may make them feel undervalued. If your family member is not being paid a great deal for photographing your wedding, they may feel less responsible for capturing every moment of your day and delivering the best album possible to you.
As a part of your family, your Auntie Jude or Uncle Chris is going to want to enjoy your wedding day, relax, have a few drinks and enjoy the ceremony as an audience member. It is impossible to take the best photos possible at a wedding whilst simultaneously being an audience member.
It is best to hire a photographer who is not a good friend or family member, as they will be more responsible during the day, and not feel like they deserve to relax and enjoy your ceremony as a part of the audience.