Finding a wedding photographer who is right for you

I cannot express how big a deal this is. Your photographer should be someone who you makes you feel comfortable, someone who listens to how you envision your big day and is enthousiastic for getting to know you better as you will be working together for this very special and personal event in your life.

How can you find out if you have found the right photographer?

These are my top tips for finding the right photographer:

  • First, find out what your style is. Which style of photography are you naturally drawn to? Do you like a documentary style, a fine art style, .. etc. Do you like light & airy imagery? Ethereal/grounded, modern/classic, timeless/conceptual, analog/digital, vibrant colors/creamy pastels, etc.. Give it some thought because your photographs are forever an after all it’s the style of photography which should be the main reason you book a photographer.
  • Search the internet for photographers in your region (or abroad) who offer that style of photography that you love
  • Take a look at their online portfolio, visit and read their blog, look at their Social Media posts, read recommendations and request more information. Extra tip: Look at real weddings (not just styled bridal/artistic shoots, editorials, photo sessions)
  • Schedule a personal consultation (or Skype meeting)
  • Request to see one of his/her favourite weddings during your consultation
  • Notice which questions he/she asks you. Does he/she look interested and enthusiastic in working with you? (Is there eye contact, does he/she ask about your love story and the plans you have for your big day and do you feel this person is engaging in the conversation?)
  • Request to take a look at albums and products if you might consider the investment
    • Questions such as:
      • Are the albums handmade? Which materials are used?
      • Which options are available in terms of customization?
      • Is it possible to choose the photos for the album?
  • Ask any questions you might have regarding your photography
    • Questions such as:
      • How many hours is your full coverage
      • Is it best to book an assistant
      • How many photographs can we expect to receive
      • Will our wedding be covered by you personally
      • Do you edit the photographs yourself
      • In which quality will the photographs be delivered and how
      • Would you recommend an engagement session
      • Do you cover destination weddings
      • Do you offer wedding albums
      • How much is the investment
      • Do you have different payment options?
      • Etc.
  • If you feel comfortable talking to your photographer, you have fallen head over heels for his/her personality and work, you feel a good connection and you can afford to work with him/her, it’s best complete the booking right away. Chances are if it’s a well known professional photographer, dates are limited and you wouldn’t want to miss out on this amazing experience.

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At Anaïs Stoelen Photography, bookings are made through personal contact, preferably during a first consultation at my home office.

During this consultation, my objective is to get to know you better as a couple, to find out how I can best be of service to you and starting to build a good foundation of our relationship which will grow in the months prior to the big event as we will start planning and preparing together.

If you would like to receive more information, we would be happy to send you our introductory brochure and schedule a first consultation* with you. (*by appointment only – consultations are free of charge)

Consultations schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the evening

Contact: info@anaisstoelenphotography.com

 

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