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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

Winter Wedding Choosing a Photographer

How to choose a wedding photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer can be a difficult process.  After your wedding the images captured at the wedding are the only thing remaining other than your love.  Looking for a photographer for your wedding is a very important part of planning a wedding. Many photographers book out as far as 1 – 2 years in advance (don’t assume because a photographer is popular that they don’t have your date open though.)

Finding a wedding photographer is different than buying a dress. While you can see a dress before buying it, you can’t see your wedding photos until after your wedding. You aren’t just buying photos, rather you are buying the skills, talent and creativity to capture a wedding on faith. Your photographer should be able to answer any questions you may have concerning your wedding and seem to have genuine interest in you and your future spouse.

What should I look for when choosing a photographer?

Ask yourself these questions…
Do you like the photographer’s images?
Do they tell a story of the day?
Do the poses look natural or fake?
Do they carry canvas, metal and regular prints?
Do they offer digital negatives to post online (facebook & google+)

How much does the average wedding photographer cost?
In my county…Montgomery County, Pa (suburb of Philadelphia) the average cost is $4,234 for wedding photographers per the WeddingReport.

Does the photographers personality & style work for us?
Whether you like it or not, the photographer will spend more time with you than any other vendor or guest. So, if you can’t stand their personality or mannerisms, this photographer is not for you. Some people love laid back photographers (I would describe myself as a calming force at a wedding).  Other people want photographers who are bossy and demanding (not me but I don’t judge).

If you want kick ass amazing photos be sure to check out my wedding photos.  Good luck wedding photographer hunting!

Let me know if you have any questions.  Want more tips?  Go to my tip site


Mike Allebach
Wedding Photographer, Allebach Photography

Mike Allebach Wedding Photographer


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