Congratulations! If you’re recently engaged, you’re likely still on the engagement high! When you Google search “Vancouver wedding photographer” and see over 1 million search results, it’s easy to be overwhelmed, so where do you begin?
Here’s the advice I would give to my friends who are trying to find the perfect wedding photographer:
1. Google and Pin your favourites
Start by seeing what style of photography you’re drawn to. Check out wedding blogs, venue websites and Pinterest. Don’t take down names, rather, take notes on what styles of photography you like and why those styles resonate with you. Start a Pinterest board and start pinning your favourites there.
Here are my top three blogs to get you started:
rockymountainbride.com - Great for localized weddings
junebugweddings.com - Great for more creative weddings
oncewed.com - Great for timeless weddings
2. Decide on your budget
Once you’ve decided on the perfect wedding photography style, Google search “Vancouver wedding photographer”. You can also check out hashtags on Instagram (#vancouverwedding, #vancouverweddingphotographer #nameofweddingvenue here etc.), as well as directories and listings to broaden your option.
You’ll want to think about where you’re getting married and what kind of photographers are available to you. Photographers in bigger cities, may have a higher price tag and if you’re having a destination wedding, you may want to consider flying a photographer in for your big day. It can seem costly, but that’s not always the case. Occasionally you can get a top end photographer from another part of the world, fly them over, cover their costs for a few days and that may cost less or the same as a top end photographer locally.
Find 5-10 photographers who’s styles you absolutely love and then move onto the next step.
3. Narrow it down & Reach Out
Before you get in touch and find out photographer rates, do some thinking about what your specific needs are. Now, get in touch with those 5-10 photographers and see what their rates are. When getting in touch with these photographers, try to give them as much information as possible. Let them know how many hours of coverage you’re after, what parts of the day you’d like them to be there for, and a little about yourselves, your wedding plans and your expectations. This will ensure that the quote you’re getting is accurate, which will help ensure you stay within your budget.
3. Meet Face-to-Face
Now that you have a better idea of which photographers are within your budget, trim your list down to two or three and set up a time to meet them! Meeting your future photographer allows you to get to know each other and get a better feel for each other’s personality. It’s important to work with someone that makes your feel comfortable and excited about your big day. This person could potentially be with you during intimate moments like getting ready to saying your vows, so it’s important you get along and have a great rapport.
That’s it! Follow these four steps and in a couple of weeks, you should be able to find the photographer that is perfect for you and your wedding.
If you have any questions, or are interested in having me photograph your wedding, you can get in touch by clicking the contact button to your left.