Your wedding photographer or videographer is tasked with making tangible memories of your big day. They will capture every moment from the bride and her party getting ready, to the final goodbyes of the night. It is important that you choose a photographer that fits your specific style and taste to get the best result. Unfortunately, finding the right photographer can be tricky, but Salt Lake Bride is here to help.
Salt Lake Bride is your one stop resource to everything that you need to throw a spectacular Utah wedding. We have compiled resources for you to browse to find your perfect match for everything photography, to venue, to invitations. Let’s take a look at how to go about choosing a photographer, and some tips for when the time comes to take your wedding photos.
How to Choose a Wedding Photographer
The first thing that you need to do is figure out your style. Looking at photos online will give you a good idea of the types of wedding photography there are. Knowing the style for your wedding is helpful for all aspects of wedding planning. Some photographers are more clean cut and create very crisp photos while others will be a bit more artsy, incorporating lots of light and special camera effects. Of course, there’s plenty in between.
Once you have decided on a look, browse your local wedding photographers and go through their portfolios to determine if they have produced similar photographs that have been edited to look the way you are looking for. Next, set up a meeting with the photographer by finding their information online. Provide samples of what you are looking for both from their worth and from external resources. Talk to each photographer about what you want and whether or not they can provide that.
Some photographers will be happy to do your engagement and bridal photos as well as all of the events of your wedding. If you want bridal photos or photos from rehearsal dinner before the wedding, you should discuss this with the photographer.
Another important aspect to choosing a wedding photographer is how the photos will be returned to you. Some photographers will only provide you with edited, printed photos, whereas others will make edits and hand you a flash drive of your photos. How you would like your pictures in the end is a very important decision to make and will narrow down the photographers that you have to choose from.
Hiring a Wedding Photographer
Once you have decided on a wedding photographer, you need to make sure that they are available on the day of your wedding. If they have no availability, you will need to keep looking, so make sure that you book them far enough in advance for both of you to be prepared.
Every photographer has a different policy for booking, but many will require a deposit to save your date. The deposit may or may not be refundable depending on the photographer, and they may require you to choose a photo package when you book your date. Talk to the photographer, and make sure that you have all of your questions answered before you make any commitment. Keep track of the policies and prices for each photographer when you are searching so you don’t forget anything when it comes time to decide.
Book your date with your photographer, pay your deposit, and you’re all set for the big day! Make sure to keep in contact with your photographer and let them know where the events will be happening on your booked times.
Wedding Photography Tips
Every photographer is different, just like every bride and groom. Luckily, there are some go to things to make wedding photography a little easier. Here’s a look at some of the tips that we like:
- Trust your photographer. They are professionals in what they do, and know how to make you look stunning. Getting to know your photographer beforehand at an engagement or bridal shoot is a good idea. You will be able to interact with them before your wedding day and have a feel of what to expect for your big day.
- Make a shot list with your photographer, but keep tip #1 in mind. This is a rundown of all of the photos that you want of your wedding. The classics like the groom’s reaction to seeing the bride for the first time, cutting of the cake, exchanging rings, the first kiss, and the bouquet toss are all photos you want to have, but these are all things that your photographer will know to capture. As a bride, think about what you want for your wedding that is unique and the photographer won’t know to expect.
- Communication is key. Make sure that you ask questions and bring up any concerns that you have. Your photographer wants to make sure that you are confident as well, and in order to do that you must discuss these things
- Enjoy your day. After all, you will want to remember this day in person, and not just in photographs. Instead of worrying about getting each event and memory exactly as you see it in photographs, focus on enjoying your time, and when the photos come back to you, you will surely enjoy them, but nothing can beat the memories that you have created yourself.
Visit Salt Lake Bride
Take a look at our wedding photography page, where we have dozens of local Utah photographers waiting to capture your wedding, along with reviews and links to their personal websites. Salt Lake Bride is proud to be the best resource for Utah brides around. We have links to everything that you may need to throw a wonderful wedding with local vendors, along with shows and events, and tips and tricks to get ready for the day.
Useful Resources for Utah Wedding Photography
If you are looking for a videographer or photographer in Utah, please see our list of vendors below.
If you are in need of pre-wedding photos, such as engagement photos, please click on one of these links to find what you are looking for: