How to Pick your Wedding Photographer - 3 Steps

You’re probably here because you’re overwhelmed or just want to make sure you’re making the right decision. Either way, I’m glad you’re here! If you happen to like this blog please share it with any friends who may be going through the struggle too!


Lindsey and Philip Shirdan Wedding - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Lindsey and Philip Shirdan Wedding - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Picking a photographer is actually a very unique experience. Not everyone has the same style or desires when it comes to picking a photographer so I have put together some things to consider when looking through the VERY large sea of photographers.

  1. STYLE: Not all photographers have one style but something to consider is what your personal preference is. There are usually three main categories that people can fall into when it comes picking photo styles:

    1. Airy (on the brighter end)

    2. Moody (on the darker end)

    3. True to Color (natural-somewhere in the middle) - I fall into this category

  2. QUALITY/PRICING: This is a huge deal for most of us. So I wanted to talk to you a little bit about that. Your wedding photos are going to be passed down for generations, because it’s the moment that a family formed and continued the legacy of your ancestors. Most brides and grooms that I talk to say that they want good photos, good food, and a good time, if that’s you then this formula will work for you. In some cases you can find someone really cheap but extremely good. But most photographers base their pricing off of education and experience. So the higher you go the more likely you are going to get someone who is going to provide you with a quality product, and a quality experience. If good photos (and memories) are important to you I suggest you find someone who is within 15-25% of your total budget for your wedding. So if you are spending $15,000 for your wedding you should be spending ~$2,250 for wedding photos.

    • (Total Wedding Budget) x 15%-25% = Photographer Budget

  3. PERSONALITY: Would you like your photographer to be helpful? sweet? rude? quiet?
    Surprisingly, not many people think about this but your photographers WILL be present at your wedding. Some people don’t mind their personality if they deliver a good product. So just make sure you CLICK with your photographer during the consultation or read some reviews, and avoid the headache of dealing with a person you may not get along with on your best day ever!!!

Have any other questions on what you should do to pick your photographer? Or any experience and suggestions for those who are still looking for one? Comment below!