I open all my wedding posts with a big CONGRATS on your engagement! Assuming you’ve locked a date & a venue, you’re likely starting to round up your vendor list. Photography was very important to me. I spent hours going through vendors on various websites. I knew there were specific things I was looking for in their portfolio work. Given that we were going to have a blended wedding, I wanted to see a photographer who had experience shooting and editing a variety of skin tones. I’ve seen so many photos ruined by people who apply a standard preset, assuming all skin tones will respond the same. I am biracial, with yellow undertones to my skin. My partner is very light skin (he jokes that he’s translucent) with blue undertones. Half of my family has much darker skin than myself; I can only imagine the potential difficulty of editing photos with all of us standing next to my partner & his family.
When I finally found a few photographers I liked the work of, we set up zoom calls to introduce ourselves and get to know each other better. You want to make sure you vibe with the person who’s going to help create your forever memories. I’m really big on making sure the energy feels right but because we live across the country from where we’re getting married, we had to do the best we could through technology.
I know it can be a crazy time, so similarly to my wedding venue question list, I put together a comprehensive list of the questions to think about asking any photographer you’re considering working with. There are no rules so feel free to bounce around & pick the ones that apply to you and your partner!
If you’re interviewing multiple photographers, make sure you keep their answers organized. I put all of mine in a google sheets doc; the rows were the questions and each column dedicated to a different photographers answers. You can also put the answers in a notebook, a planning binder if you have one or the notes app on your phone.