Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life, so you'll want the best possible photos to remember it by.

This is why it's so crucial to get to know your photographer before the big day.

But... why is it so important to get to know your photographer before your wedding day?

  • You'll feel more comfortable. If you know your photographer well, you'll feel much more relaxed and natural in front of the camera on your wedding day. This will totally result in better (and much more candid) photos.

  • Your photographer will understand your wedding day vision. If you get a chance to really share your wedding photography goals, you can ensure that you'll get the photos and wedding album vibes that you've been dreaming of.

  • You'll trust your photographer. On your wedding day, your photographer will capture all of the important moments (like, all of them). If you know and trust your photographer, you can relax and enjoy your day knowing that they'll get the job done. You can just take in the moments without worrying, especially if your photographer feels like a trusted friend.

Here are a few tips:

  • Follow them on social media. This is a great way to get a feel for your photographer's personality and editing style.
  • Check their reviews. Take some time and peek at their Yelp, Facebook, Google, etc. reviews to see what previous couples have to say about their experiences. This can give you a good idea of how they work on the big day.
  • Schedule a meeting. Ask questions and get a feeling for their personality. You'll get an idea of whether or not you're a good match before you hire them and commit.
  • Hire them for an engagement session. One of the best ways to get to know your photographer and see if you get along is to hire them to take your engagement photos. This way you can directly see how they work, get a feeling for how you vibe together, and get a glimpse of what your wedding day photos could be like.

Questions you might want to ask your photographer during your early conversations:

  • How long have you been a wedding photographer?
  • How involved are you with planning details before the big day?
  • How do you handle unexpected things that come up throughout the wedding day?
  • How do you deliver photo albums?
  • What makes you stand out from other photographers we might meet?
  • Do you use contracts?
  • What are your payment plan options?

In my opinion, getting to know your photographer before your wedding day is one of the most important steps in ensuring that you get wedding album of your dreams. So, take some time to cyber-stalk your photographer (no, but seriously haha), have a meeting, ask your questions, and get to know them as a human. I'm sure you'll be glad you did.