It was all so romantic. He got down on one knee with shaking hands and… popped the big question.

Will you marry me?

After you caught your breath a little, you shook your head with tears streaming down your face and said in a whisper… yes.

So romantic. Just like in a movie.

Since then there’s been a flurry of excitement + questions like... ‘have you set a date yet?’ If your friends + family are anything like mine it probably went a little like this: ring in a box, question asked, you said yes, there was some crying, a big hug, a nice looonnnggg kiss, cell phone photo of the ring to your BFF, call to mom, squeal of joy, congratulations honey!, have you set a date yet?, I have to find a dress, ding, text back from BFF, OMG! CONGRATULATIONS, have you set a date yet?, what color will my dress be?

You know what I’m talking about.

There are so many questions to answer now. So much planning to do. We decided we wanted to make the process of picking a photographer one of those decisions that was just a little easier to make.

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Here are 5 things you need to know when hiring a wedding photographer.

Style

Make sure the photographer you decide to take this journey with has your same style. Not everyone is the same and not every photographer has the same style. You want to pick one that is similar to yours + the atmosphere you are creating with your wedding.

There are lots of different styles of photography from storybook whimsical to photojournalism. When you look back on this day + see the images, what style do you want? How are you styling your wedding? The photographer should fit seamlessly into your style. At i{heart}charleston we are a combination of lifestyle + classic with a little more emphasis on lifestyle.

I know you started a Pinterest board already. Like seriously, the only reason we want to get married is so we can start a wedding Pinterest board, amIright? But share your Pinterest board with the photographers you are interviewing. You can start to determine if their style meshes well with your style. Bonus: This is also a great place to start your list of shots you want throughout the day.

Vibe

You probably know what style you are looking for pretty well but, vibe on the other hand is a little harder to put your finger on. This deals with more of your intuition talking to you about the people you work with. You are definitely going to want to meet with photographers first. Seems obvious. But in-person. This will give you a good sense of their energy + vibe and if it will meld well with yours.

Then, we like to suggest that you use your engagement photo shoot as an interview for your wedding photographer because you’ll be able to see how your personalities fit + how you get along. Is this a photographer you can easily take directions from + and are they picking up the vibe you’re throwing down {lame pun, I know}? But there’s a lot to be said for the fun factor when it comes to the big day + your photographer will play a big role in that.

Quality

You can’t judge a book by its cover but, with some things in life, you do get what you pay for. We get it. Weddings are expensive. We’ve been there. But at the end of the day the one thing that you will get to keep forever {besides your precious memories} are your photos. That's what you are going to show your grandkids one day. Make sure that they are the best and choose quality over price.

One trick we like to give brides to make sure they are getting great quality is to ask their photographer to see photos from one whole wedding they have shot. All photographers are going to put their best foot forward in their portfolio {we are no exception} but, if you ask to see the gallery of one full wedding you will get a good sense of what you are going to get in your wedding set.

Expectations

I'm pretty sure that you + your future spouse have figured out what to expect from each other. He's going to take out the trash and you're going to put trash in a bag ;). But the same concept applies when interviewing wedding photographers as well. Get the details about their process + delivery. This nice little map will help everyone live happily ever after.

Experience

This seems like an obvious thing but it seems like everyone with a nice camera is a photographer anymore. Not that self taught photographers aren't extremely talented, as a matter of fact our photographers are self taught, but education + experience are important. Aside from their education, ask about their experience with photographing weddings. How long have they been shooting wedding? Or how many have they done?

Photography experience is extremely important but, your photographer really needs to have wedding experience. In most cases your photographer doubles as a wedding planner on the big day because they are coordinating so many moving pieces + people {so don't forget to check if they are a people person too}.

Something is going to go wrong. Trust us. So in addition to being a wedding planner, a people person, educated + experienced, they really should be as cool as a cucumber in stressful situations. Handling crisis management just comes with the territory on the day of the wedding. It happens.

There is so much to be excited about! Weddings are beautiful, and fun, and exciting, and stressful, and all the feels. This is going to be the funnest day of your life + getting all those memories captured is a big job. Take a deep breath. And start interviewing photographers {you might end up with a lot of engagement photos while interviewing them but I'd be ok with that}.

As always we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions {no, we are not wedding planners even though we do know a lot about wedding logistics but ask away}. We look forward to talking with you soon about you big day! We are sending tall glasses of Champagne you're way that all your wedding day dreams come true.

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