Choosing the perfect wedding photographer is perhaps one of a bride’s biggest and most important decisions. After all, it is the photographer’s work that you will be looking at and enjoying the benefits of for years to come. With the natural desire to snap the perfect wedding memories also comes a lot of pressure in choosing the right person for the job. To help guide you through the process, here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect wedding photographer.

Read Reviews & Get Referrals

Nowadays with review sites it is easy to get a lot of honest feedback on any small business before you commit to working with them. Spend some time online doing research into the photographers’ you’re considering before contacting any of them. Ideally, see if you can get personal referrals from trusted friends or family members. If you’ve been to any weddings in the past year, don’t hesitate to ask the bride and groom if they would recommend their photographer.

Dig Deep Into Their Portfolio

Reputable photographers should have extensive online portfolios and social media profiles that showcase their work. Spend some time digging deep into their portfolio archives to make sure their aesthetic and creative style matches your own. Also try searching on social media for pictures which that photographer has been tagged or credited in. Finding those pics is key because they reflect what customers are posting, not just the curated pictures the photographer has chosen to reflect their best work.

Trust Your Gut

Ultimately, you’ll want to feel comfortable with your photographer on your wedding day. This person will be right there beside you for most of the event and will be tasked with capturing intimate and romantic moments. You want to make sure you trust your gut and feel that you can be yourself around your photographer. This is important, both so that you can advocate for the shots you want and so your true self can shine through the camera lens.

At the end of the day, there are no hard and fast rules for choosing a wedding photographer. Most importantly, look for someone whose aesthetic you love, and make sure you feel you can communicate and be yourself around the person behind the lens.

Have you chosen your wedding photographer yet? What tips do you recommend?